Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure where a tooth-colored resin is attached or bonded to the tooth to repair chipped, decayed, or discoloring of a tooth. Bonding can be the least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures and can also be finished in one dental visit. During the procedure, the dentist will match the surrounding teeth color with the correct resin and then apply it to the tooth or teeth being worked on. This process can be used to fill in spaces between teeth, increase the appearance of length of teeth, in replacement of filling,s or protect roots that are exposed due to gum recession.

The Process 

First, the dentist will choose the correct color of the resin to match the surrounding teeth. Once the color is chosen the dentist will roughen the tooth to allow a better surface for the bonding to adhere to. Next, the tooth will be coated with a conditioning liquid which also makes it easier for the bonding to stick to the tooth. Once the tooth has been properly readied, the resin will be applied and shaped correctly. Ultraviolet light is then used to harden the resin material that has been applied. After the resin has hardened, the dentist will polish the resin to make it match the rest of the tooth and further shape it as necessary. The whole process usually lasts around a half hour to an hour per tooth and multiple visits can be required if multiple teeth need the bonding process.

Problems 

Dental bonding is at risk usually in the first forty-eight hours of the procedure of staining. Staining can happen to the bonding because of liquids such as tea, coffee, or highly colored drinks and should be avoided during these initial hours afterward. Tobacco products like cigarettes and smokeless tobacco can also stain the bonding and also should be avoided during this period. Dental bondings are not as strong as people’s natural teeth and can be chipped by biting down on extremely hard food. If chipping happens, call your dentist and set up a plan for how to fix the problem.

Dental bonding is a great alternative to crowns or veneers for fixing issues with your teeth. The least amount of enamel is removed and the process happens at the dentist’s office and does not require the parts to be made in a lab like crowns or veneers. Dental bonding can be used to fix many tooth problems such as chipping, decay, discoloration, exposed roots, or as an alternative to fillings. For the first forty-eight hours after the bonding procedure, things that usually stain teeth like coffee or smoking should be avoided because the bonding hasn’t fully cured yet and is still susceptible to staining. Also, dental bonding is not as strong as normal teeth and biting down on extremely hard things such as ice or bones should be avoided to lessen the risk of chipping the resin. The bonding procedure is a quick process and if any problems happen to make sure to call your dentist and figure out a solution for moving forward.