Tooth bonding, also called composite bonding, is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic procedure used to fix imperfections and damages to your teeth. You may choose bonding if you have chipped or stained teeth and if there are gaps in your teeth that you want to fill. If your smile makes you insecure, contact Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we can help you feel more confident.
How Does Bonding Work?
During the bonding procedure, a white resin mixture will be matched to your teeth using a shade guide. The resin will then be applied to the concerned area. Before the resin is hardened using a special light that emits ultraviolet rays, it will be shaped to look perfect.
Finishing touches are then made, such as polishing and grinding of any ridged edges. The bonding process merely takes an hour, provided that you are getting a single tooth bonded. There are no pre-procedure preparations that you need to make, and the entire procedure is performed without anesthesia.
Why Get Bonding Done?
Tooth bonding is the most uncomplicated and inexpensive cosmetic procedure making it a popular option if you are on a budget. There are several reasons as to why you may want to consider getting teeth bonding done. For example, to fill cavities (repairing decaying teeth), fill spacing between teeth, cover stains on the teeth, shape the teeth to look more pleasing, and use it as an alternative to an amalgam filling to protect exposed roots of receding gums.
Risks Involving Bonded teeth
Bonding is a risk-free procedure. However, you must know that resin is not as strong as natural enamel, nor is it as durable as implants; hence you will have to take extra care in order not to damage the bonding by following proper care procedure as advised later.
Alternatives to Composite Bonding
The alternatives to teeth bonding are not as cheap, and the procedures are slightly complicated. You have two options that you can choose from; the first one is veneers, a thin custom-made shell that is bonded on the front side of your teeth and is made of porcelain.
The second option is a dental cap, also known as a crown; it is a cap-like structure placed over a tooth. Amongst the three options, the crown looks and feels the closest to natural teeth.
How to Care For Bonded teeth
Bonded teeth can stain easily, which is why it is advised to avoid smoking and limit coffee, tea, and soft drinks to maintain the look for a more extended period of time, especially during the first two days following the procedure. You must also avoid chewing on hard material such as candy or hard meat. How long the results of the procedure last depends on the individual and their habits.
Your bonding will wear off as time passes, requiring you to get the procedure re-done and sometimes leaving ragged edges behind; these can damage surrounding soft tissues. You are strongly advised to get back to us in case your bonding is damaged to prevent any complications. Call (657) 341-0808 for more information on the bonding process or visit us at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry.