If you are unhappy with the look of one or more of your teeth, another cosmetic dental option that Kennedy Dental can provide for you is dental bonding.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is the application of a composite tooth-colored resin to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored tooth. In contrast to veneers that are manufactured in a laboratory and require a custom mold to achieve a proper fit, bonding can be carried out in a single visit. This procedure is called bonding because of the way the material bonds to the tooth.

What is it used for?

Bonding is one of the easiest and cost-effective cosmetic dental procedures. The composite resin used in the bonding process can be shaped and polished to match the teeth around it. For cosmetic purposes, bonding is most often used to improve the appearance of a stained or chipped tooth. It can also be used for closing spaces between teeth, making teeth look longer or changing the shape or color of teeth. Bonding is also sometimes used as an alternative to amalgam fillings or to protect a portion of the root of the tooth that is exposed when gums recede.

How is it done?

We will use a shade guide to choose the color of the composite resin that best matches the color of the tooth. Once we choose a color, we will then etch or grate the surface of the tooth to roughen it. Next, the tooth is lightly coated with a conditioning liquid that adheres to the bonding material. We will use tooth-colored, putty-like resin when the tooth is prepared. The resin is molded and glued to the correct form. An ultraviolet light then hardens the material. After the bonding material is hardened, we will trim and shape it further. We will then polish the material to match the surface of the remaining tooth. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour depending on how many teeth are being done. If you have more than one tooth done, you may have to plan more visits.

Will my bonding stain?

The resin may stain with tea, coffee, cigarette smoke and other substances. It is essential to avoid eating or drinking foods that can stain for the first 48 hours after any composite procedure to prevent or minimize staining. Brush your teeth frequently and have them cleaned by a dental hygienist regularly.

What are the risks of dental bonding?

The composite resin used to bond is not as durable as a natural tooth. You cannot bite your fingernails or chew on ice or pens and chip, or you may risk chipping the material. Bonding can last for several years before it needs to be repaired.

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