Dental bonding is a procedure that helps restore the tooth structure with the use of bonding agents. The natural structure of the tooth is impossible to regain, but the materials used in dental bonding have properties that are similar to the enamel of the tooth. Dental bonding corrects the shape and size of the tooth by filling the gaps. It is more affordable than veneers, crowns, and lumineers and is an easy option for minor dental issues. The dental bonding procedure can be highly effective for conditions like fractured or chipped teeth, gaps and spaces between teeth, reshaping the size and structure of teeth, decay of teeth, discolouration, and more.
- Planning for dental bonding – choosing the shade of composite material based on the patient’s teeth shade.
- Removing any filling from the tooth.
- Etchant application to roughen tooth surface.
- Application of bonding agent.
- Composite filling and moulding into the tooth surface.
- Composite carving to the shape of the tooth.
- Ultraviolet rays to harden the composite.
- New composite filling adjustment to the bite and polishing.
Where can I get dental bonding done?
Dental bonding is done by a dentist in a dental office.
Is dental bonding reversible?
No, dental bonding is not reversible. Tooth structure is removed while preparing for dental bonding and a new material called composite is bonded permanently to the tooth surface.
Is dental bonding painful?
No, dental bonding is not painful. Rarely local anaesthesia is required for dental bonding procedures in case the patient has sensitivity.
Is dental bonding expensive?
In comparison to other cosmetic procedures, dental bonding is less expensive. The final cost depends on the brand of material used for the dental bonding and the dental office providing the service.
How long does dental bonding last?
Dental bonding lasts up to 3 to 10 years but their life can be extended by maintaining good oral hygiene and by eating a healthy diet.
Does dental bonding damage teeth?
No, it does not damage the teeth. It only bonds and repairs the tooth surface with a material that has enamel-like properties.
What does dental bonding look like?
After the final step, dental bonding looks like a natural tooth structure because of the shade matching of the composite material with teeth.
Can dental bonding make teeth longer?
Yes, it can reshape the length of the teeth making them look longer as per the requirement of the patient.
What stains dental bonding?
Pigmented food and beverages that can stain tooth enamel are also capable of staining dental bonding.