Tooth bonding is the application of tooth-colored composite material to correct minor imperfections in your smile. Dental bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes, such as correcting tooth discoloration, repairing cracked or chipped teeth, closing small gaps between teeth, or reshaping teeth.
Even after bonding to repair minor imperfections in your smile, you will need to practice good oral hygiene habits to protect your restored smile.
Is tooth bonding right for you?
Tooth bonding is ideal for patients looking for a cosmetic solution for minor tooth imperfections. If you have chipped teeth, gaps between your teeth, or discoloration, bonding is an affordable and easy way to improve your smile.
Bonding is also a good choice if you want to avoid dental work such as porcelain veneers or crowns. Your dentist can determine if bonding is right for you during a consultation.
How does tooth bonding work?
The dentist will use a gel to roughen the surface of the tooth. Once the tooth is rough, the dentist will apply a composite resin to your tooth and mold it. The resin is cured with ultraviolet light. The dentist will then smooth the resin, trim it, and polish it. Your new smile is ready.
What happens after tooth bonding?
After your tooth bonding procedure, you should follow all aftercare instructions given to you by your dentist. After the procedure, your tooth may feel a little sensitive, but this should subside within a few days. However, if you experience lingering pain or tooth sensitivity in the days after your procedure, contact your dentist for advice.
It is important to avoid biting on anything too hard, especially ice or hard candy. It is also wise to avoid chewing on hard objects like pens, pencils, or fingernails. You should also avoid eating or drinking foods or beverages that are very hot or cold. These extreme temperatures can cause your bonded tooth to chip.
What are the advantages of tooth bonding?
A tooth bonding procedure can usually be completed in just one dental visit, making it a convenient option. Plus, tooth bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic procedures.
For the right candidate, tooth bonding can be a beautiful, affordable way to enhance the appearance of a tooth.
Please reach out to our dental practice at 17952 SW Blanton St, Aloha, OR 97078, to have a consultation with our dentists. Call us at (503) 649-5665 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.