Cosmetic bonding on teeth is simpler than other cosmetic dental procedures; so simple that this procedure does not typically require anesthesia and does not require multiple visits to the dentist.
Why have cosmetic bonding?
Cosmetic tooth bonding can fix a defect or imperfection within a tooth as a quick, cost effective way to create your perfect smile. It is often used to repair a decayed, cracked, or discoloured tooth. The procedure can also close small gaps in between teeth.
It is possible to use tooth bonding to increase the size of the tooth. For example, maybe you have a tooth shorter than the rest, and you want them all to be the same length.
Even if porcelain veneers are your ultimate goal, you can opt for tooth reshaping with cosmetic bonding as a short-term solution, while you save for the more expensive treatment.
The subtle changes cosmetic bonding can create will massively improve your smile and help you feel more comfortable about showing off your teeth.
How does it work?
The process starts with your dentist using a shade guide to choose a composite resin colour that closely matches your natural tooth colour. Your dentist then roughens the surface of the tooth, and applies a liquid that allows the bonding agent to stick to the tooth.
The composite resin is then applied over the liquid that moulds or shapes the tooth and then the dentist hardens the material with an ultraviolet light. If necessary, your dentist can further shape the tooth after the resin hardens.
How long does it take?
Cosmetic bonding is a fast procedure and doesn’t require any down time. If your particular procedure does not need anesthetic, you can continue with your normal daily routine after the procedure.
A typical treatment of tooth bonding takes anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes. Some appointments may run longer, depending on the extent of the procedure.
Are there any risks?
Dental bonding does not have any major risks but here are a few tips to consider:
- Composite resin that is used within the procedure isn’t as strong as your natural teeth.
- It is possible for the material to chip or separate from your real tooth. This is most possible when eating ice, chewing on pens, biting hard on sweets or biting your nails.
- The resin also isn’t as stain-resistant as other dental materials. You may develop some discolouration if you smoke or drink a lot of coffee.
How to care for bonded teeth.
Having a good oral hygiene routine helps extend the life of a bonded tooth. Self- care tips include:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing after eating
- Avoiding sweets and hard foods
- Avoiding or limiting coffee, tea and tobacco, especially for the first two days after the procedure, to avoid stains
- Stop biting your nails
- Schedule regular dental cleaning every six months
How cost effective is it?
Comparing the cost of £400 to £1000 each for a single porcelain veneer that you need to replace every 5 to 10 years, tooth bonding is a much cheaper way to cosmetically improve your smile.
See your dentist.
A straight, healthy, white smile is a confidence booster. If you have discolouration, chipped teeth or gaps between them, see your dentist about having cosmetic bonding as an inexpensive repair.
Your dentist can determine whether this procedure is right for you, and if not, recommend other options to improve the appearance of your teeth.