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Dental bonding

dental-bondingWhat is dental bonding?

Also known as composite bonding, dental bonding is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used for minor dental corrections. This treatment is an inexpensive way to improve the look of your teeth and may be performed relatively simply and quickly. At Improve Your Smile, we use a composite resin filling along with a bonding material to improve a tooth’s appearance and function. Dental bonding is often regarded as a short-term solution, however, as the material can be prone to staining and in certain situations may fail with heavy biting, or with less conscientious oral hygiene.

What is dental bonding used for?

If you have any of the following problems, a dental bonding procedure can provide a short-term solution to improve both the appearance and the function of your teeth:

  • Cracked, chipped or decayed teeth – Dental bonding can improve the appearance of damaged teeth and protect them from further problems.
  • Discoloured or stained teeth – Stains and discolorations that cannot be removed by teeth whitening treatments may be addressed with dental bonding.
  • Gaps between teeth – Gaps between teeth can be quickly remedied to make your smile more attractive and in some cases improving speech.
  • Irregularly-shaped teeth – The shape of uneven-looking teeth can be improved to match the surrounding teeth.
  • Low bite pressure – Short or uneven teeth can cause uneven bite pressure in certain parts of your mouth. A bonding treatment can be used make teeth bigger or taller, so that bite pressure becomes more even throughout the mouth.

What is involved in dental bonding?

Dental bonding involves the imperceptible cosmetic replacement of a small area of tooth with composite resin. The rest of the tooth is left untouched, and there is no discomfort during treatment. After inspecting the affected tooth, the dentist will select a colour for the resin that most closely matches your tooth. The outer layer of the tooth will then be roughened, removing a minimal amount of tooth enamel. A strong adhesive is then applied, so the resin can remain in place. The resin will be moulded to fill cracks or gaps, or change contours of the tooth. Afterwards, a dental laser is used to bond the material to the tooth.

Dental bonding can be performed in a single visit unless you are having several teeth done in different parts of the mouth. The procedure usually takes between one and two hours. If you’re having your teeth lengthened, it may take a few days for you to get accustomed to them.


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