Dental accidents can occur at any time and can chip or crack a tooth. Luckily, today's dentistry offers several ways to repair it. One among them is teeth bonding, also called enamel bonding, which is a reliable solution to address minor dental flaws like a chipped, cracked, or discolored tooth.
Dental bonding is the dental procedure where a tooth-colored composite resin is applied to repair and fix a decayed, fractured, chipped, or discolored tooth. The procedure gets the name bonding as the resin material bonds to the patient's tooth on application.
Dental Bonding - Candidates
Any adult having healthy teeth can have dental bonding to conceal their dental imperfections. Though teeth bonding doesn't solve underlying issues, it can be used to mask several cosmetic concerns.
Advantages of Dental Bonding
- It can be suggested for children, youth, and adults.
- Affordable procedure.
- Painless procedure that does not need anesthesia.
- It can be done in one dental visit.
- The restored teeth will look natural.
Dental Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding is an affordable, quick outpatient procedure that can be completed in one dental visit. Here are the steps involved in a teeth bonding procedure:
Step 1: Your dentist will clean your tooth and prepare it to create the best bonding surface.
Step 2: Resin bonding material is applied to the tooth and is shaped to look natural.
Step 3: The bonding material is dried using UV light.
Step 4: The tooth will be polished and flossed to have a natural shine and smoothness.
How to Care for Bonded Teeth
It is crucial to take care of your bonded tooth well to ensure it lasts long without breakage. Besides, watch what you eat and drink, as colored foods and drinks, smoking, etc., can stain the bonding material. So, at least for the initial 48 hours after the procedure, stay away from consuming staining foods.
Self-care tips to ensure the durability of bonded teeth include the following:
- brush at least twice a day and floss once daily
- avoid biting on hard foods
- do not bite your nails
- reduce the intake of stain-causing foods and drinks
- schedule regular dental cleanings and checkups every six months
If you notice any unusual feeling when you bite food or any sharp edges on the bonded teeth in the days after placing the bonding, call your dentist. If the bonding chips, visit your dentist at the earliest.
Dr. Jeanne V. Devi, DDS, offers cosmetic treatments like teeth bonding. For more information and appointments, contact us at (626) 795-2544, book online, or visit us at 595 E Colorado Blvd Suite 603, Pasadena, CA 91101.