Cosmetic dentistry or Adhesive Dentistry, has emerged over the past 20 years. Bonding refers to the replacement of a chipped tooth, stained filling, or decayed tooth with tooth-colored “composite” material that blends to match your natural tooth color almost perfectly. The adhesion of composite to your natural tooth reinforces its strength and can prevent broken teeth.
That depends upon the number of tooth surfaces and teeth involved. A single tooth bonding can take as little as 30 minutes to complete.
Bonding is very strong. Your diet won’t be limited; you can eat apples, corn-on-the-cob, carrots, etc. As with natural teeth, you should avoid using bonded teeth as a tool, such as removing nylon labels from clothing, biting your fingernails, holding hair pins, or chewing ice. It is very important that you brush and floss your teeth daily to get the longest life possible from your cosmetic dentistry restorations.
Results of Treatment:
Extremely natural looking and long-lasting cosmetic restorations.
Average Range of Treatment Life Expectancy:
Average life expectancy (looking their best) is 5 to 12 years.
- Highly cosmetic, natural looking teeth
- Long lasting
- Relatively inexpensive
- One appointment results
- Orthodontics or Invisalign should be completed before bonding.
- Extreme care must be taken to avoid metals (such as hair pins) from coming into contact with tooth bonding.
- Certain types of tooth stains cannot be covered well with bonding.
- May involve minor tooth reduction to remove some of the stains.
- Teeth Whitening should be done first, then bonding to match.
Not all insurance policies pay for bonding of teeth.
A bonding light hardens the resin.
The resin is then smoothed and polished.