Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Cosmetic dental bonding is a great way to quickly and affordably repair or mask small imperfections on teeth in a single visit. A tooth-colored liquid resin is applied and hardened with a high intense ultraviolet light, which “bonds” the material to the tooth. Then the material is aesthetically shaped and polished.

When is Dental Bonding Recommended?

Cosmetic dental bonding has its limitations but here are some situations where it is a viable treatment option:

  • To repair chipped teeth
  • To close space between teeth
  • To change the shape of teeth
  • To protect a portion of a tooth’s sensitive root surface that has been exposed when gums reced

Each person’s situation is different and Dr. Best will determine whether bonding is appropriate. For example, it is not the most durable dental material available and cannot withstand strong biting or chewing forces. Avoid habits such as biting fingernails; chewing on pens, ice, or other hard food objects; or using your bonded teeth as an opener. Bonding materials can chip and break off teeth

Over the years the resin materials have improved. However, they will stain with heavy coffee, tea, cola, and/or red wine consumption; and with the use of tobacco products

Caring for Bonded Teeth

Bonded teeth do not require special care other than avoiding biting and chewing on hard objects but do follow good oral hygiene practices. These restorations will last three to ten years before they need to be touched up or replaced.

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