A Guide To Teeth Bonding
We wake up after a restless night’s sleep. We look in the mirror and there to our chagrin is a chip right on the corner of our upper front tooth..ugh. What a way to start the day! You have a big presentation at 3:00PM and a first online date at 7:30PM. Anxiety is starting to overwhelm us. But wait, your dentist is a superhero. Your dentist can repair this life-altering problem in 20 minutes and without anesthesia. The hardest thing you have to do is make an appointment. This amazing, cosmetic, and inexpensive procedure is known as dental tooth bonding.
Tooth bonding (dental bonding) is a cosmetic procedure that repairs chipped, cracked or otherwise broken teeth. It also helps with discolored teeth, gaps between the teeth, lengthening of the incisal edge, and repairing small to moderate cavities.
The “Bond” is a composite resin that takes over where your tooth broke or has a cavity. The resins come in different shades so that the dentist can perfectly match the composite to the original tooth color.
The Teeth Bonding Procedure
- Select the proper shade of the composite
- Roughen the surface with a light polishing diamond and/or phosphoric acid
- Apply and shape composite
- Cure with special high-intensity light so that the composite sets (gets hard) and attaches to the enamel of the tooth.
- Check bite, contacts, and polish
- Note: For most bonding NO anesthesia is required. It is a completely painless and a very comfortable procedure.
Advantages Over Crowns, Veneers, Inlays, And Onlays
- One visit that usually lasts 30-60 minutes
- Most of the time, NO anesthesia is needed (except when doing cavities)
- Inexpensive (ranges from $150-$600 depending on severity)
- Best for healthy teeth that have minor damage from trauma (cracks, chips, spaces)
Disadvantages Over Porcelain Restorations Like Crowns And Veneers
- Not as strong as porcelain. Teeth bonding typically lasts 5-10 years.
- Can chip or break with eating hard foods
- Over time can stain because bonds are more porous than porcelain.
- Will not whiten when doing whitening procedures for live teeth
- Not good for filling very large defects or very broken down decayed teeth
- Not good for teeth that have root canal therapy (tooth to brittle, composite resin not supportive enough)
- Although matches tooth color nicely, not as lifelike and breathtaking as the esthetic of porcelain
What To Avoid After Bondings
- Grinding your teeth at night (wear a night guard)
- Biting fingernails
- Chewing pens
- Chewing ice
- Chewing hard, sticky foods
- Using teeth as an opener or scissor
209 NYC Dental
We at 209 NYC Dental are a top of the line cosmetic office. We are open seven days a week for your convenience and we prioritize emergencies. Don’t wait for a problem. Come in for a comprehensive exam and wonderful cleaning. No matter what, you will leave with a beautiful smile.