If you’re embarrassed to show your teeth when you smile or talk due to poor spacing, tooth discoloration, or other dental problems, dental bonding may be the solution. Dental bonding is a less costly alternative for a number of cosmetic dentistry treatments, and is a very common procedure. If you’ve ever had dental work done, you’ve probably received a dental treatment that involves some type of dental bonding without even realizing it. At Kenneth Hill, DDS we’ve performed dental bonding on hundreds of patients, and are well versed in the practice for a number of different dental issues. For more information on dental bonding and what it is used for, read our handy guide on the subject below.
Types of Dental Bonding
There are two types of dental bonding: direct composite bonding, and adhesive bonding. Adhesive bonding refers to the type of bonding performed when attaching a dental restoration such as a crown, bridge, veneer, or dental inlay/only. This type of bonding usually isn’t visible, as the bonding resin has been used to adhere a separate material or restoration to your teeth. Direct composite bonding refers to dental procedures where a tooth-colored composite material is placed directly on the tooth in order to correct dental issues, or in a dental restoration. Which type of bonding you receive will depend on the dental issue that is being repaired or fixed.
What Dental Problems Can Bonding Remedy?
Dental bonding is used to correct a number of different oral health issues, including:
- Improving the look of discolored teeth
- Repairing dental issues such as cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
- Correcting incorrect tooth spacing
- A cosmetic alternative to amalgam when filling cavities
- Improving the spacing between teeth
- Correcting teeth that are improperly shaped or too short
Dental bonding can also help protect a tooth root that has become exposed due to receding gums, or to build up the edges of teeth that have become worn down. This often happens in the case of tooth grinding.
What to Expect During a Dental Bonding Appointment
A dental bonding procedure usually will not take more than about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth, and rarely requires anesthesia. Before performing the bonding, your dentist will first clean your teeth thoroughly. Before choosing a resin, your dentist will use a shade guide to compare the color of your teeth to various resin shades so that they can choose the color that will most closely match your natural tooth.
Once the shade of resin is chosen, they will then roughen the surface of the tooth to be bonded. Unlike other cosmetic dentistry procedures, only a small amount of your tooth’s surface will need to be removed for a dental bonding procedure. A special conditioning liquid will then be applied to your tooth in order to help the bonding resin adhere.
Once the tooth is properly prepared, the bonding resin will be applied to your tooth. At first the resin will be soft and putty-like. Your dentist will spend some time molding and shaping the resin to match the natural shape of your tooth. Your dentist will then use a special light or laser to harden the bonding resin. Once hardened, the resin will be further shaped to fit, and any excess or unnecessary areas will be trimmed away. The resin will then be polished to look natural.
After Your Dental Bonding
Your dentist may give you a list of special procedures to follow when brushing your bonding for the first day or two following your appointment. Be sure to follow any after-care instructions carefully to avoid any problems with your bonding. If you notice any sharp edges, or if you notice your teeth feeling strange or misaligned when you bite down, call your dentist immediately so they can make any necessary changes.
As with your natural teeth, tea, coffee, tobacco, wine, and other environmental factors can stain your dental bonding. You should avoid these things, and your dentist may recommend a special whitening toothpaste or a dental rinse that may help prevent stains from affecting your bonding.
Dental bondings are more fragile than your regular teeth and will need some special care. Avoid biting your fingernails or chewing on ice to avoid chips or breaks from occurring. A dental bonding can generally last around three to 10 years, if it is cared for correctly. You will need to maintain a schedule of regular exams so that your dentist can monitor your bonding, as well as make any necessary touch ups.
You deserve a smile that showcases your true bright and sunny disposition. If your smile isn’t as bright and beautiful as you want it to be, or if you are plagued by dental issues and would like to know if bonding would be a good solution for you, email or call Kenneth Hill, DDS today at (702) 897-7267 to schedule a consultation appointment. Our caring and professional staff has utilized dental bonding for years to help our patients achieve the healthy and beautiful smiles they’ve always wanted. Whether you need dental bonding to adhere another dental restoration or a direct bonding to correct an issue with your tooth, we can help you have a healthy, wonderful looking smile once more.