What 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. Dental bonding is often regarded as a short-term solution, 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?

Dental bonding procedure may be used to improve the appearance and function of your teeth where there are these issues:

  • Cracked, chipped or decayed teeth
  • Discoloured or stained teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Irregularly-shaped teeth
  • Low bite pressure

What is involved in dental bonding?

Dental bonding involves the replacement of a small area of tooth with composite resin. The rest of the tooth is left untouched. A colour for the resin will be selected 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 are having your teeth lengthened, it may take a few days for you to get accustomed to them. We will be happy to advise on this or any other restorative or cosmetic procedure at your free consultation.

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