Teeth Bonding: What You Need to Know

Teeth Bonding: What You Need to Know

Tooth bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure which can give your pearly whites back. This procedure is used to correct a chipped, cracked or discolored tooth.

The dentist applies a tooth-colored composite resin to one or more teeth for repairing the damage. It is not much expensive than other cosmetic dental procedures such as crowns and veneers.

What are teeth bonding? How does it work?

The dentist will use a shade guide for choosing a composite resin that matches the color of your natural teeth. They roughen the surface of a tooth and apply a liquid to stick the tooth with a bonding agent.

The composite resin is applied over the liquid for Molding or shaping the tooth. A dentist will harden the material with ultraviolet light.

Why get teeth bonding?

Tooth bonding is used for repairing-

  • Defect or imperfection
  • Decayed, cracked or discolored
  • Close the small gaps between the teeth
  • Increase the size of a tooth

The procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes.

Are there any risks of teeth bonding?

There is no major risk. The composite resin is not as strong as your natural teeth which might chip or separate from your real tooth.

A bonded tooth chip if you-

  • Eat ice
  • Chew on pens or pencils
  • Bite your fingernails, hard food or candy

The resin is also not stain-resistant.

How much does teeth bonding cost?

The cost of tooth bonding depends on location and the extent of the procedure which is usually covered under dental insurance.

How to prepare for teeth bonding

No special preparations are required but consult your dentist before going for this procedure. It might not be successful if the tooth is damaged or decay severely.

How to care for bonded teeth

Take care of your teeth to extend the life of a bonded tooth.

  • Brush and floss your teeth daily twice a day
  • Visit the dentist for regular cleanings every 6 months

The takeaway

If you are looking for not much expensive procedure, consult your dentist today. A bright smile boosts confidence.