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Dental Bonding

happy older coupleDid you know you can rejuvenate your smile without breaking the bank? If you’re looking for an affordable way to address various dental issues, such as chips, cracks, stains, and gaps, consider bonding. This is a procedure in which a tooth-coloured resin is bonded to the surface of the teeth.

What’s Involved?

The dentist first isolates the tooth or teeth that need to be bonded. Next, a gentle phosphoric acid compound is applied to the tooth for only 15 seconds to prepare the tooth for the procedure. The phosphoric acid does not cause any discomfort, and it is a necessary step to ensure that the bonding resin material adheres properly to the tooth surface.

The next step is the application of the liquid resin. This is a putty-like compound, matched to your natural tooth colour, applied in layers to the tooth surface, shaped properly to match the other teeth, and then “cured” with a special blue light. The resin is applied in several layers and sculpted until the tooth is the right shape and thickness.

The final step involves smoothing, buffing and polishing the bonded tooth so it looks natural and blends nicely with nearby teeth.

Are the Results Permanent?

Yes they are! However, bonded teeth need to be checked periodically as they can wear more easily  compared to ceramic veneers and over-time the junction is prone to staining and may require polishing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will people be able to tell my tooth was bonded?

The composites used for tooth bonding look like natural teeth, so it’s unlikely that others will detect your tooth has been repaired.

Is this cosmetic procedure similar to convential veneers?

Yes the procedures are similar in which they both help to mask discrepancies in tooth shape, height, space and colour but differ in the technique used. Conventional veneers comprise of thin ceramic shells used to cover the front of a tooth and often require a small portion of enamel to be removed prior to placement. Veneers are also made out of ceramic which has superior aesthetic and structural properties when compared to the composites (the same tooth coloured material used for dental fillings) used for dental bonding.

Does a tooth repaired with bonding need to be cleaned in any special way?

No, floss daily, brush twice a day, and visit your dentist twice a year.

Book an Evaluation

Wondering if bonding is right for your dental concern? Contact Alkimos Beach Dental Centre today to schedule an evaluation.