Nobody has perfect teeth. Whether it be aging, personal habits, or injuries and accidents, this can affect the teeth in many different ways. There are many dental procedures that are used to improve the way the teeth looks and are used. It’s called bonding, and bonding has a few advantages over veneers, and a lower price tag, and a shorter wait time.
Tooth bonding is the use of a composite, such as a resin, to the tooth surface, and before the dentist bonded the teeth area, usually, they’ll select a shade that fits the teeth there that’s natural, in order to make this as authentic as it can be. The process involves roughing up the surface of the teeth to be treated, in order to help get a better grip on the tooth. When the tooth is prepared, the dentist will then use the bonding material, and it will look like a tooth, and from there shape it using a light to set it. Once the resin has set and hardened, the dentist will polish the material so it looks just like the rest of the teeth. The best part is that this all happens within one singular visit, so you don’t have to go back and forth again and again, and it doesn’t require anesthesia.
Many will use it because this is a great way to correct the chipped teeth. If you have larger spaces though, or if one tooth is smaller than others, this also might be an option. Bonding is also used if you have teeth that are very discolored, and in some cases, it can be considered over fillings, or to replace fillings that are metallic.
Bonding teeth are usually a permanent fix for teeth that are chipped, misshapen, or discolored, but for some people, they use it as a transitional treatment until they get a more expensive option, such as veneers. Veneers are small layers of porcelain that are put on the front teeth in order to correct the shape. They typically cost more, but they are stain resistant and are more durable than bonded teeth.
So how do you care for bonded teeth? Well, you care for them in the same way you would your natural teeth. Bonding material does stain, so avoiding foods and drinks that off set the color is definitely an important thing. Using a toothpaste that removes stains, and also flossing along with seeing the dentist are all important things that you should do with your teeth. If you are considering bonded teeth, you can use these tips to care for the teeth so that they’re maintained, and kept in their natural state.
Bonding is used when you don’t want to have to spend a ton of the other treatment options and is considered one of the better options out there. I do recommend this if you need to get something to help your teeth, and it’s an integral part of cosmetic dentistry as well too.