What is Dental Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is done for both cosmetic and restorative reasons. During a dental bonding treatment, composite resin material is applied to the teeth to correct cosmetic and functional flaws. Bonding can be used to correct:
- Chips/Cracks- Chipped and cracked teeth can be caused by different accidents such as a fall, a sporting injury, a car crash, and more. Bonding can correct a chipped tooth, as well as protect it from further damage.
- Discoloration- While some stains respond to professional whitening treatments, others don’t. For these, dental bonding can whiten your smile for a boost in confidence.
- Gaps- Gaps between teeth can cause them to appear misshapen or misaligned. Bonding can close gaps for a more even smile.
- Imperfections in shape or size- Crooked teeth and misshapen teeth can also be corrected with bonding for a smile that complements your natural facial structure.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is an excellent alternative to porcelain veneers, and is also less expensive. Many patients love the fact that dental bonding also does not involve permanent changes to the teeth, and can be reversed if needed. It is a very versatile procedure that can be used alone or done along with other dentistry treatments to create a beautiful smile. Results are instant, and can last for years with proper oral hygiene. Many patients experience improved-self-confidence after their cosmetic bonding treatment.
How is Cosmetic Bonding Done?
Some patients wish to whiten their teeth before dental bonding. If this is the case, it will need to be done first so that the composite resin matches your teeth. Next, a dental bonding shade will be chosen so that your teeth will look natural. Clear dental strips will then be placed between the teeth to keep the resin from spreading to adjacent teeth. A mild acid solution will then be applied to the teeth. This process is known as micro-etching, and will help the bonding to adhere to the teeth. Lastly, the bonding agent will be applied to the teeth using a special tool, and a UV dental light will cure (harden) the material in place.
Is Recovery Time Needed After Bonding and Contouring?
There is virtually no downtime required after cosmetic bonding, so you can go about eating and drinking as usual. Just be sure to stay away from very hard or sticky food and darkly colored beverages for the first two days after your bonding treatment in order to maintain your new smile!
Are you looking to correct your smile imperfections? Taking the first step is easy- simply contact IKON Dental Group today to schedule a bonding and contouring appointment with Dr. Khan to achieve a beautiful, even smile!