Restore or improve your smile quickly and affordably with cosmetic bonding. This versatile one-visit procedure can repair your teeth, change their shape, or close any noticeable gaps.
What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Cosmetic bonding is a dental procedure used in a variety of applications. It’s called bonding because the dental material literally bonds to your tooth enamel. Dental bonding is a terrific option for making small cosmetic alterations to teeth, correcting defects, and repairing areas of low bite pressure.
In this procedure, our dentists use a tooth-coloured composite resin material, the same as what we use in tooth-coloured fillings, bonded to the teeth. The composite resin is workable when applied and hardens in place using a special Blue light. While cosmetic dental bonding is quite effective, it’s not considered a permanent solution. Dental bonding is not meant to last forever, as it needs to be repaired or replaced every few years.
Situations that can be mended with Cosmetic Dental Bonding
In instances where a crown or veneer may be too heavy-duty for a minor issue, our dental team may suggest cosmetic dental bonding instead. We may recommend this procedure to:
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth. Dental bonding restores the tooth’s appearance, protects teeth that have sustained damage and prevents an injury from further affecting the tooth.
- Fill in gaps between teeth. Gaps can be built out by composite resin to reduce the appearance of the gap and maintain the look of your natural teeth.
- Make teeth look longer. Naturally shorter teeth can have their crowns lengthened, especially if one or more teeth are a noticeably different height than others.
- Change the shape of teeth. Cosmetic bonding restores the appearance of teeth, especially irregular-shaped teeth that stand out and may make you feel self-conscious.
- Protect any exposed tooth root caused by receding gums. This exposure can result in painful tooth sensitivity. Dental bonding helps protect roots from exposure to temperatures and other painful effects.
- Smile makeovers with the Smilefast technique. A trial smile is tried in to confirm the desired appearance. A special mold is then made so that composite veneers to match the approve trial smile can be bonded in a single session.
The Cosmetic Dental Bonding Process
Patients are impressed with the restorative work we offer at our UK dental practice. Our dentists have the skills to produce optimal cosmetic results for our patients. The cosmetic dental bonding process is quite straightforward and typically takes less than one hour to complete.
Our dentist starts with a shade guide to select a composite resin that closely matches the colour of your tooth. This ensures a colour that blends in naturally with the rest of your smile.
Once you’re in the chair, we use a gentle phosphoric acid that roughens up the tooth’s surface. This process doesn’t hurt, it merely creates a texture that helps create strong adhesion between the tooth and bonding material. We then coat the tooth with a conditioning liquid.
We apply the putty-like resin to your tooth, then work it into the desired shape. Once we complete the resin application, we harden the material with a special Blue light. Finally, the dentist trims, shapes and polishes the bonding material for a seamless result that looks and feels natural.
Typically, bonding material lasts from 3 to 10 years before needing a touch-up or replacement.
Pros of Cosmetic Bonding
- This is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures (compared to treatments such as veneers and crowns).
- Cosmetic bonding is completed in one visit (unless several teeth need to be fixed), making it faster than other restorative dental procedures.
- It removes the least amount of tooth enamel (the hard surface layer of your teeth) compared to other restorative treatments.
- Bonding materials are natural colours and allow for a finished product that closely matches surrounding teeth.
- An appointment does not need much advance planning as it’s a simple procedure that does not require a specialist dentist.
- Anaesthesia is often not required unless the bonding material is being used to fill a decayed tooth.
Cons of Cosmetic Bonding
- The resin material is somewhat stain-resistant, but not as stain-resistant as other materials, such as a dental crown.
- The bonding materials are not as strong or last as long as other tooth restoration methods, such as ceramic veneers or crowns.
- Over time, cosmetic bonds may break or chip and require replacement.
- Bonding resin is non-porous. This material doesn’t brighten with whitening agents. If you are planning to whiten your teeth, it’s best to do so before a cosmetic bonding procedure.
Caring for Teeth after a Cosmetic Bonding Procedure
One of the best things about cosmetic dental bonding is that there are no special instructions to care for your teeth. Taking care of your teeth following dental bonding is as simple as continuing to follow your good oral hygiene habits. Brush twice a day, floss at least once a day and stay on top of your dental check-ups and regular cleanings.
There are some proactive measures you can take to make the cosmetic dental bonding material last longer. Give up certain habits, such as biting fingernails, using your teeth as tools, or chewing on hard food or other objects, such as pens. Also avoid highly coloured foods, red wine, black tea or Coffee for a week after you have any bonding.
With proper care, cosmetic dental bonding results can last up to a decade.
Improve your smile with Cosmetic Dental Bonding at The Dental Health & Implant Centre
Cosmetic Bonding is a minimally-invasive procedure that’s an effective treatment for several tooth issues. If you are interested in learning more about cosmetic dental bonding at our practice, please get in touch. You can call us on 01476 594480, or fill out our online enquiry form.