Tooth bonding is a painless and non-invasive way to adjust the shape, symmetry or colour of your teeth. It’s a great option for instances when your tooth or teeth need minor repairs. Your dentist can also often address several teeth in a single visit.
The first step involves placing a matrix between the tooth being treated and the one next to it. This is a thin clear plastic film that protects surrounding teeth from stray composite resin.
With that in place and the resin shade-matched to your natural tooth, a conditioner gets brushed on. This helps make your tooth a little bit rough so the composite resin has something to stick to when it’s applied. The dentist will layer on the resin and harden it with a UV light each time. Once the last layer is in place, it’s time to shape and polish your tooth! The finished look is natural, smooth, and ready to show off. All in all, it takes about 30 – 60 minutes per tooth.
There are a few instances where tooth bonding may be a good choice:
- Improving the look of discoloured teeth or stained teeth
- Repairing cracked or chipped tooth
- Repairing decayed teeth
- Removing gaps between teeth
- Instances of exposed tooth roots due to receding gums
There are a lot of great things about dental bonding, but it’s important to understand the full picture. It is one of the least expensive (around $100-$350 per tooth) and easiest cosmetic dental procedures. This means it is typically something that can be done in-office. It also reduces the amount of tooth enamel removed, when you compare it to veneers and crowns.
There are some disadvantages to it too, with the biggest downside being longevity. When compared to crowns, veneers, or fillings, the bonding material is not as strong and doesn’t last as long. That also makes bonding more prone to breaking and chips. At our Winnipeg dental office, we check up on your bonding every visit to help keep it looking its best.
Bonded Tooth Care
There isn’t much special care required. Following good at-home oral hygiene practices is always important. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and regular use of antiseptic mouthwash. And, of course, maintaining regular visits to your dentist for checkups and cleanings.
Habits like fingernail biting, pen chewing, ice chewing, or chewing on other hard food objects can increase the chance of chips in the bonding. Keep an eye out for any sharp edges or strange feelings when you bite down. It’s important to notify your dentist if you experience either.
With proper care, you can get anywhere from 3 – 10 years out of the bonding material before needing a touch-up. If you tend to drink a lot of coffee or red wine, or if you smoke, it can impact how long they last.
Looking for a dentist near you? At Advanced Dental Arts, we offer complimentary no-obligation consultations. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.