Cosmetic tooth bonding is a popular dental treatment to achieve beautiful teeth. During a bonding treatment, a composite resin is used to restore damaged or decayed teeth, reshape teeth and whiten teeth. Your dentist will apply several thin layers of the bonding material to the front surface of teeth in order to sculpt to a desired shape and size. Your dentist then uses a high-intensity light to set the bond, and polishes the teeth. Bonding can greatly improve the appearance of your teeth in a single visit.
How Can Cosmetic Dental Bonding Improve My Smile?
Cosmetic dental bonding can fix a variety of flaws including
Closing space between two teeth.
Cracked or broken teeth.
- Slightly Maligned Teeth
- Worn teeth
- Some Stained or discloured teeth.
Cosmetic dental bonding provides an inexpensive and extremely conservative way to improve your smile. However, dental bonding will eventually show wear and tear and may need replacing every few years. For a more long-lasting cosmetic solution, you may want to consider porcelain veneers. Dental bonding is perfect for small cosmetic makeovers leaving you with a brilliant cosmetic smile.
How Long Will Cosmetic Bonding Last?
Composite resin is a durable, biocompatible material that your skilled dentist, can use to fill a cavity as easily as fill in a gap between two teeth or reshape a chipped tooth. While your cosmetically bonded tooth can function perfectly for years, several factors can affect it appearance. For instance, drinks such as coffee, red wine, and cranberry juice, and foods such as tomato sauce, blueberries, and soy sauce can penetrate and leave discolorations on dental bonding. Chewing or smoking tobacco can also accelerate the accumulation of stains on composite resin. Even certain abrasive toothpastes can damage the surface of your dental bonding. With proper care, your cosmetic bonding can stay beautiful but you will need to avoid common sources of stains and scratches.
How Should I Care for My Cosmetic Bonding?
Since composite resin closely mimics tooth enamel, you should care for a bonded tooth just like you would care for your natural teeth. Follow these steps to help extend the life of your cosmetic bonding:
- Brushing for two minutes, two times per day, and flossing once every day, preferably just before bed.
- Make sure that you use minimally abrasive toothpaste. Abrasive additives in many toothpastes can scratch the surface of your cosmetic bonding, dulling the finish and encouraging stain accumulation.
- If you choose to use mouthwash, use one that does not contain alcohol. Alcohol can actually weaken dental bonding.
- Visit your dentist for regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings to keep plaque and tartar in check and prevent that can compromise your oral health and the longevity of your dental bonding.
- Should the need arise, we can also repair or refinish cosmetic bonding that has discolored or needs retouching.
If you want a cosmetic dentistry solution with a longer life than cosmetic bonding, you may want to discuss porcelain veneers. Not everyone has the enamel strength to qualify for veneers and veneers require a larger time investment and are more cost intensive than bonding. Having a candid discussion with your dentist will help you determine your smile goals and develop a cosmetic treatment plan that will get you the smile you want.