Everybody wants a stunning smile, but not everyone is lucky enough to have one. Teeth chip, stain, or otherwise become unattractive over time.
Fortunately, your Thornton Dental dentist has a range of cosmetic and structural treatments to improve the look, feel, and functionality of your teeth. One of the quickest and least expensive treatments in our arsenal is tooth bonding.
Tooth bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light. This “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve your smile.
To decide if tooth bonding is the right treatment for you, it is necessary to know a bit about the procedure, including the steps of the procedure, its expected lifespan, and what you can do to keep your bonded teeth looking great!
What Features of a Smile can Tooth Bonding Fix?
Tooth bonding is a very flexible treatment for a variety of minor cosmetic and structural issues. Bonding is extremely useful in improving the look of your teeth including restoring worn teeth, closing small spaces between them, lengthening the appearance of short teeth, and whitening stained or discoloured teeth.
Bonding can also be used to protect teeth including restoring decayed teeth; repairing broken, chipped, or cracked teeth; protecting exposed tooth roots; and, protecting teeth from additional damage.
What are the Steps of Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding treatment is usually a simple procedure that takes just 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. At Thornton Dental, we take the following steps:
First, of course, we will hold a consultation with you to ensure you completely understand the bonding process and that is appropriate for you.
In the office, your tooth is prepared for the procedure by blocking it away from moisture in the mouth, roughening up surface of the tooth and then lightly etching the surface with a slight acid. This step increases the ability of your tooth to bond. Next a bonding liquid is applied. Once the bonding liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied, often in several layers to create a natural translucent effect.
A high intensity light is then used to harden the material. Finally, your new tooth will be sculpted into the desired shape by your Thornton Dental dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to a natural and luminous appearance.
When you leave our office, you will have a markedly more attractive tooth and smile!
Durability and Care of Bonded Teeth
Composite bonding is not a permanent solution, but it is not unreasonable to expect at least a decade of use from your bonding.
Some care must be taken because the bonding material isn’t as strong as your natural teeth. This means that biting fingernails or chewing on pens may chip the bonding material. If you have a biting habit, or grind your teeth at night (bruxism), you may find repairs are necessary sooner than later.
Finally, tooth bondings are not immune to stains, so try to avoid foods that are highly acidic or staining. Specific foods to be aware of include:
- Berries of all kinds
In general, try to avoid foods with high acidity or extreme colours.
So, in answer to the question how long a tooth bonding lasts, the answer is that it is partly up to you. If you do your part to take proper care of your bonded teeth, you’ll get plenty of good years out of your new, shining smile.
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Thornton Dental is committed to the promotion of good dental health and the education of all patients to help them achieve a beautiful, healthy smile for life.
All procedures at Thornton Dental are carried out using state-of-the-art equipment in modern, friendly facilities, which offer the convenience of extended opening hours.
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