Modern Dental Care
Cosmetic Bonding-Is It Right For You
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that we perform regularly at Modern Dental in East Windsor, NJ. Dental bonding restores the appearance and function of teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, or discolored. Bonding can also lengthen teeth and make them more regularly shaped. In addition, bonding can be used to fill in gaps between teeth and to protect the root of a tooth that the gum has receded from and exposed. The bonding material closely resembles your natural teeth, restoring your smile.
Before having your teeth bonded, the dentist will need to perform a thorough examination to determine your state of oral health. This includes both a visual examination and x-rays to determine any decay or damage below the gum line and within the teeth. If you are a candidate for bonding, we can then proceed.
Cosmetic Bonding Procedure
Depending on the number of teeth to be bonded, you may be able to complete the procedure in one visit, but it could take several visits if you are bonding most or all of your teeth. Unlike many other restorative and cosmetic dental procedures, bonding requires little preparation. If you have decayed teeth, the dentist will need to fully remove the decayed portions before bonding your teeth so that the decaying process will not continue.
Once the dentist has selected the proper shade of resin composite, the bonding material, the dentist will etch the teeth that are going to be bonded to make the surface of the teeth rough. Next, a conditioning liquid will be applied to the teeth. Both of these procedures will aid in the bonding process. The resin composite, a putty-like material, is then applied to the teeth. The bonding material is molded and shaped as desired, and then an ultraviolet light is used to harden the bonding. Once the bonding is completely hardened, the dentist will make adjustments to the shape as needed and polish it. The entire process takes an average of 1 to 1 hour per tooth.
You will need to brush and floss your bonded teeth twice daily, as recommended for your natural teeth as well. Because bonding is not as durable as porcelain and metal, you should take some general precautions with your bonded teeth. These include not chewing on ice or your fingernails, and not biting down on hard foods such as nuts or hard candies. With proper care and maintenance, cosmetic bonding will last many years.