Bonding - Smile Enhancements
Cosmetic bonding is the use of a bonding composite material to drastically improve the appearance of teeth. Bonding composite is a paste-like material made from a mixture of resins and fillers. Dental bonding can be used to:
- Reshape teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Repair broken, cracked, chipped or misarranged teeth
- Restore discoloured teeth
- Replace amalgam or metal fillings
- Serve as an alternative to veneers
- Serve as fillings for cavities
How is dental bonding applied?
Dental bonding is virtually painless and is applied directly to the tooth. First, the dentist will use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your natural tooth. Next, the surface of the tooth will be prepared for the bonding procedure. The tooth surface will be lightly etched and a bonding liquid will be applied to provide a better grip for the composite bonding material.
Once the bonding liquid sets, the composite bonding material is applied to the tooth and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. A special light is then used to harden the material. Once set, the bonding material is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural, attractive appearance. Conveniently, bonding can usually be done in just one visit to the dentist. Contact us for your complimentary consultation* today.
Considerations for bonding
The dental bonding procedure can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth and often can be completed in a single visit to the dentist. However, the plastic resin used in dental bonding is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, and is more likely to stain, chip and break when compared to natural teeth. Dental bonding typically lasts about five years before need of repair by a dentist.