At Dental House, we offer a wide variety of cosmetic dental treatments to help you fall in love with your smile again. One of the least expensive and most effective ways of restoring the appearance of your teeth is through the use of dental bonding.
Do you have a discoloured, chipped, or uneven tooth you’d like fixed? Visit Dental House, where we offer dental bonding to mask minor tooth imperfections.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding (sometimes known as teeth bonding) is a cosmetic dental procedure used to fill minor imperfections in teeth. Your dentist may recommend dental bonding to fill in a crack or chip or to fill in large gaps between your teeth.
Tooth-coloured composite resins are used in dental bonding – these are the same resins that your dentist might use for restorative work, like filling in a cavity. Your dentist will pick the shade of resin that best matches your teeth, roughen the surface of your tooth’s enamel to help the resin adhere, carefully apply the resin, and then use blue curing light to harden it into place.
Is bonding cheaper than a crown?
Having a dental bonding procedure is less expensive than getting a crown – dentists will often recommend using composite resins to fill in cavities instead of getting a crown for this exact reason. When it comes to cosmetic procedures, dental bonding is usually the least expensive choice – you should know, however, that the composite resin used in dental bonding is often weaker than the metals or porcelain used in a crown.
How long does dental bonding last?
Dental bonding typically lasts from 4-8 years. Many factors can influence the lifespan of your dental bonding treatment, including:
- Which teeth were treated
- How well you care for your teeth
- Genetic factors
What to expect with dental bonding
The dental bonding procedure is highly non-invasive; unless composite resin is being used to fill a decayed tooth, it’s unlikely you’ll even require a local anaesthetic. There’s no special preparation you need to do before the bonding procedure.
Once the procedure is complete, you’ll be given special care instructions. Specifically, you’ll be instructed to avoid biting ice cubes, jawbreakers, and other hard materials. You’ll also need to avoid biting your fingernails or chewing on pens, and you won’t be able to use your bonded teeth to tear things open.
Otherwise, you’ll care for your bonded teeth in the same way that you care for your regular teeth – brush twice a day and floss once a day!