Correct Dental Imperfections with Cosmetic Bonding
Although major dental work may be needed to fix large cosmetic problems with your teeth, the imperfections may be too small to warrant extensive procedures.
In these cases, dental bonding can do the job in a more cost-effective way. Our Toronto dentist can do dental bonding in our office in a short time and for a reasonable cost.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a way of closing off and covering small imperfections in your teeth. The bonding material is a tooth-colored resin your dentist applies to your teeth. This permanent cosmetic solution can also be used to fill teeth, especially front teeth that show when you smile or talk. The bonding usually lasts up to 10 years, but you may need touch-ups and repairs to it during that time. The procedure can last up to 60 minutes per tooth.
When is Dental Bonding Used?
If your cosmetic problem is relatively minor, dental bonding might be the solution you need. The only way you can know for sure is to make an appointment so your dentist can examine the teeth in question and make a recommendation. Whether the problem is caused by a mild dental trauma or is simply the result of normal wear and tear, dental bonding might be able to fix it. People turn to dental bonding for a variety of reasons. A few of the most common reasons include:
- To change a tooth’s shape
- To fix up small chips or cracks
- To cover up stains
- To protect an exposed root
- To make a tooth look the same size as others near it
- To fill a cavity in a front tooth
- To eliminate gaps between teeth
How is Dental Bonding Done?
The first step your dentist takes is to give you local anesthetic if you need it. Unless they are filling a tooth, that usually is not necessary. Next, the dentist prepares your tooth by roughening the area to be bonded and applying a conditioning solution. They apply the bonding resin to your tooth, shaping it carefully to give it a natural appearance. Then, they shine a special light on the tooth to bond the resin to the tooth. After the bonding is set, the dentist looks it over and makes any corrections needed.
How to Take Care of Bonded Teeth?
Taking care of teeth that have been bonded by your dentist is as simple as taking care of your natural teeth. Brush and floss twice per day, keep appointments for routine checkups and cleanings, and make additional appointments if you notice any problems with the dental bonding. You can chew and speak normally as you enjoy your new, more attractive appearance.