Many people have some aspect of their smile they don’t entirely like. It could be that one of your teeth is misshapen, cracked, or chipped. Maybe several of your teeth are permanently stained and nothing you have tried makes it better. If you can relate, dental bonding may be the right cosmetic dentistry procedure for you. It is a more conservative option and typically costs less than other voluntary services we provide.
The Dental Bonding Process Explained
Dr. Kuipers and his staff always make sure that the color of the dental bonding agent applied to your teeth is as close a match to the shade of your other teeth as possible. For the next step, your dentist roughens the surface of the affected teeth and then paints on a conditioning liquid. This is what makes it possible for the bonding materials to permanently stick to your teeth. It is now time to apply resin to the treated tooth in the same color as your other teeth.
After the liquid and resin have been on your teeth for a while, Dr. Kuipers will shine a curing light on them so the materials will harden in place. This part of the process only takes approximately two minutes to complete. The entire dental bonding procedure is normally complete within one hour. Some patients require additional shaping and trimming after the materials have cured. However, this is short and painless. You don’t even need anesthesia.
What to Expect After the Dental Bonding Procedure
The primary benefits of bonding are that it is fast and inexpensive. The drawback is that it doesn’t last as long as other cosmetic dentistry procedures. On average, you can expect to go between five and 10 years before the bonding wears away. You have the option of replacing it at that point. Your dentist will show you how to take care of your bonded teeth in order to extend the effect of the treatment as long as possible.
An Alternative to Traditional Metal Fillings
When a tooth has a cavity, it is important to fill it as soon as possible to avoid further decay. However, some people don’t want to get a typical metal filling because of cost, concerns for safety, or the fact that they don’t want their dental treatment to be obvious to others. You may also wish to consider this option to replace existing fillings. We recommend scheduling a consultation at Pure Dental and Implant Center to learn whether dental bonding is the right procedure for you.