Chips, cracks, or gaps in the teeth can greatly affect confidence and oral health.  Dental bonding is one option to address these issues improve the appearance of the teeth.  It is the least expensive procedure of its kind and requires only one sitting in the dental office.

Procedure

Dental bonding requires less advanced preparation than some other procedures, but it may require anaesthetic as it can be painful.

At the start of the procedure, the tooth is roughened, and a conditioning liquid is applied on the surface to facilitate bonding to the tooth.  The doctor then applies a resin matched to the color of the teeth and molds it for a natural appearance.  The resin is hardened with the use of an ultraviolet light and is further sculpted and polished to match the natural teeth.

The procedure lasts 30-60 minutes per tooth.

Required care

No special care is required for bonded teeth, but good oral hygiene should be maintained such as daily brushing and flossing.  Regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings are advised.

There are some precautions to take to avoid damaging bonded teeth:

  • Refrain from biting your fingernails.
  • Do not chew on pens, pencils, or other hard objects.
  • Do not use your teeth to open bottles and other containers.

If dental bonding is properly cared for and good oral hygiene is maintained, dental bonding material can last for three to ten years.  This procedure is well suited to small cosmetic changes.