If you’ve chipped or fractured a tooth that has been repaired by your dentist, odds are you have undergone cosmetic bonding. Most people are unaware they have even experienced a cosmetic procedure when visiting the dentist. And since it is easy to apply, dentists now use it as one of the most popular procedures for improving the appearance of your teeth. If you’re interested to learn more, here we outline the top FAQs about cosmetic bonding and all the benefits it can provide.
What is cosmetic bonding?
The bonding is a tooth-coloured plastic (composite resin) that is applied to your teeth to improve their appearance.
What are the benefits?
The composite resin can be easily shaped and polished, which makes it a great material for matching the colour and texture of your surrounding teeth. For that reason, it’s often used to fix cracks, chips, and discoloured teeth, and can also be used to fill gaps, change the size and shape of your teeth, and used as an alternative to fillings.
Is cosmetic resin expensive?
Cosmetic bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic dental procedures used. Many work plans cover the cost of bonding, so make sure to ask your dentist if you’re covered.
Can the bonding be easily stained?
Substances that normally stain your teeth will also stain your resin. If you enjoy coffee, tea, red wine and smoking, you should avoid these, especially during the first 48 hours after you have had cosmetic bonding applied. And as per normal, continue your regular oral care of regular teeth brushing and scheduled visits to your dental hygienist.
How does cosmetic bonding match my teeth?
When you meet with your dentist they will use a shade guide to select the colour that best matches your teeth. Once applied, your dentist will mold and shape the resin so that you’ll barely notice any difference to the colour, shape, and size from the rest of your teeth.
How is it applied?
Your dentist will first roughen the surface of your tooth to prepare it for the application. Then your tooth will be coated with a conditioning liquid that helps adhere the bonding material in place. Your dentist will apply the resin to your tooth and then mold it to the proper shape. A UV light is then used to harden the material before your dentist shapes, adjusts, and polishes the tooth to ensure it perfectly matches your teeth and adjusts properly to your bite.
How long does the procedure take?
On average, the procedure takes as little as thirty minutes to one hour to complete, depending on how many teeth you may be treating at the same time. Once finished, you will be ready to return to normal eating and drinking just thirty minutes after the procedure.
How long does it last?
The length of time cosmetic bonding lasts depends on how well you take care of your teeth. For optimal lifespan you should avoid opening packaging with your teeth, chewing on things, and hitting your teeth with glasses or cutlery. The better you take of your bonding, the longer they will last.
Cosmetic bonding is one of the best and easiest ways to fix any unsightly damage or discolouration to your teeth. Talk to your dentist about your options when it comes to cosmetic bonding.