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Bonding, known as teeth bonding, dental bonding and tooth bonding, can be used to treat a variety of dental problems. People with teeth that are chipped, crooked, cracked, stained and gapped can all benefit from bonding. Dental bonding is sometimes even used to repair teeth that have been damaged due to decay.
The objective of dental bonding is to create the look and feel of natural teeth, so the bonded teeth sculpted and buffed to look and feel great, and the resin material used for bonding is also selected to match a person’s natural tooth color.
The composite bonding material that is used, can also be used to fill in gaps between teeth, protect the root of a tooth, or serve as an alternative to metal fillings. Dental bonding is a simple procedure, and is usually performed by a cosmetic dentist in a single visit.
The bonding procedure involves an etching solution that is applied to the teeth to creates slight grooves so that the resin layers subsequent resin layers will adhere to the tooth. Composite resin is applied in coats which hardens immediately when a high-intensity light is used. Layers of resin are added until a desired thickness is reached and then the teeth are sculpted and polished.
There are two basic bonding techniques, composite bonding and veneer bonding.
Composite bonding uses a composite material that is adhered to the tooth and shaped.
Veneer bonding uses smooth porcelain or composite veneers that are adhered to the front of the tooth using a dental cement.
Porcelain veneers offer a better color match to your surrounding teeth and typically lasts for five to ten years, although they are more expensive than composite veneers, or composite bonds.
Smaller, less severe problems may only require one trip to the dentist but larger problems may involve two or more appointments. Generally the initial appointment for extensive bonding involves having a mold made of your teeth. This mold then is sent to a dental laboratory so that a customized filling can be fabricated. The following appointment typically involves having the customized filling bonded to your teeth and sculpted down until it looks natural.
If you have spent years wishing you had a better smile, it might be time that you look into tooth bonding. Once you research this treatment you may see that it’s an incredibly quick, painless and affordable way to repair your teeth and get the smile you’ve always wanted.