Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that offers aesthetic as well as restorative benefits. The process entails the application of a tooth-colored composite resin to an existing tooth to repair or hide aesthetic defects like minor tooth decay, fracture, chips, or discoloration to result in a much-improved smile. Dental bonding can also be considered as an alternative to dental fillings to fix cavities or exposed tooth roots caused by receding gums.
Candidates for Dental Bonding
Any adult having healthy teeth but dental imperfections can benefit from dental bonding. The bonding process does not resolve any underlying tooth issues but perfectly masks cosmetic problems to result in an aesthetic smile.
What Can Dental Bonding Fix?
Dental bonding can be used to conceal teeth's imperfections like:
- Fill tooth decay and cavities
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Cover up discolored or stained teeth
- Fill the gaps between the teeth
- Abnormally small teeth
- To change the shape of naturally misshapen teeth
- Protect exposed teeth roots
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a simple and low-cost cosmetic dental procedure that also offers restorative benefits. Here are the main advantages of dental bonding:
- A non-invasive procedure that needs little to no enamel removal and hence no anesthesia.
- Little maintenance and upkeep are needed. You just need to practice regular oral hygiene.
- Relatively in-expensive procedure.
- Saves natural tissue
- Faster treatment, requiring a single dental appointment in most cases
- Dental bonding materials are of the same color as the natural tooth. Hence, the restored teeth will also look real and natural.
Dental Bonding Process
The dental bonding procedure at Radiant Dental Care typically needs just one dental visit, and the process involves the following steps:
- The patient's mouth and teeth are thoroughly examined, and the tooth to be bonded is cleaned well.
- The tooth is prepared and is rubbed using a conditioning solution that facilitates the bonding process.
- Our dentist brushes several coats of tooth-colored resin onto the teeth to form a new tooth structure.
- The applied resin is cured with a special curing light to facilitate the bonding to the teeth well.
- After applying the desired quantity of resin, the bonding material is shaped to look like natural teeth.
- The restored tooth is polished to result in a natural look and finish.
Aftercare for Dental Bonding
Though you are not required to make any drastic changes to your diet after the application of dental bonding, it is advisable to refrain from biting on any hard objects. Besides, continue to follow good dental hygienic practices that include regular brushing and flossing and having dental checkups once every six months. With proper care, dental bonding can last between three to ten years.
If you would like to learn more about dental bonding, call River Family Dentistry at