What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure in which a tooth-colored composite resin material is applied and bonded to existing, natural teeth.
Bonding is often used for cosmetic purposes, but it can also be used for a variety of other procedures, such as:
- filling a tooth after decay has been removed
- closing gaps between teeth to improve a patient’s smile
- repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- repairing worn teeth
- changing the shape or hide discoloration of your natural teeth
- protecting or restoring a tooth’s exposed root surface, a complication of receding gums
Composite resin bonded material can be used on both front and back teeth. Composite is the modern dental alternative to metal (amalgam) fillings. Many patients prefer these bonded fillings because the tooth-colored resin is much less noticeable compared to silver amalgam fillings.
How Long Is a Dental Bonding Procedure?
Dental cosmetic bonding is a relatively simple procedure, it typically takes between 30-60 mins to complete..
Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic dental procedures and usually can be completed in one visit at our Skokie office. However, it is important for patients to understand composite resin does have its limitations. It can stain and break more easily when compared to other cosmetic dental treatments like porcelain veneers or crowns.
What Steps Are Involved in a Dental Cosmetic Bonding Process?
First, your dentist will color match the composite resin to your natural tooth. This way, the bonding will appear completely natural and blend into your smile.
Then, using microabrasion technology, your dentist will lightly scuff the surface of the tooth and apply an etchant that is rinsed off completely. This is done to create a microscopic textured surface on the tooth, which allows the bonding material to then adhere or “bond” to the enamel.
After molding the resin bonding material to the desired shape, your dentist will use a high intensity light to harden and secure the bonding to your tooth.
Then, your dentist will refine the shape of the tooth colored filling and will finish the process by gently polishing and shining the treated area to ensure a natural finish.
How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
With proper dental hygiene, dental bonding lasts for many years. Good dental health and hygiene includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and maintaining a healthy diet.
Come to Sodini Dental for
Dental Bonding in Skokie, IL
Cosmetic bonding can instantly change your smile! It is a cost effective procedure with minimal discomfort, and sometimes can even be completed without anesthesia! Contact our Skokie, IL office to schedule your cosmetic bonding treatment with one of our dentists today!