Dental bonding can bring about improvements in both the functional and aesthetic aspects of one’s smile. This cosmetic dentistry treatment can be used to provide solutions to a number of dental problems in relatively less expensive, and less invasive, manner (when compared to other cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry procedures). The cosmetic dental bonding treatment, which makes use of a composite resin material, can also take a shorter period of time to complete –in cases when only one tooth is involved, the treatment can be finished in a single dental appointment.
Cosmetic dental bonding treatments require less tooth structure to be removed prior to the actual procedure; this means that a bigger part the healthy natural tooth structure is preserved, and less of the tooth enamel will need to be taken out as part of the entire cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Concerns Treated with Dental Bonding
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Broken teeth
- Cavities resulting from tooth decay
- Spaces between teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Teeth that look too short/small
The Dental Bonding Process
There is very little preparation needed for the cosmetic dental bonding treatment. Unless the treatment is used to address dental cavities caused by tooth decay, anaesthesia will not be needed for the procedure. The dentist will then choose a composite resin material colour that will very closely match the colour of the patient’s natural teeth.
The surface of the affected tooth will be made rough, after which a conditioning liquid will be added to the surface; these steps are done to ensure that the bonding material will adhere to the tooth’s surface effectively. The composite resin dental bonding material will then be applied to the tooth surface, and will then be shaped or moulded to the desired shape (or appearance).
A special laser light will be used to harden the dental bonding material as it adheres to the tooth surface. Any excess bonding material will be removed or trimmed accordingly, after the material has had the chance to harden completely – a process which can take approximately 30 to 60 minutes for each tooth.
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