Tooth bonding is a procedure where a composite resin is applied to one or more teeth that are slightly damaged or discoloured
This resin is tooth coloured to blend seamlessly with your other teeth, giving you a natural look.
Unlike dental veneers, that are custom made in a specialty lab and may take a while to return, tooth bonding can be done in a single, comfortable visit.
When can bonding be used?
Tooth bonding can be used in both children and adults, and is thus a viable solution for:
- Tooth discolouration– bonding can be used to cover stains;
- Changing the length of your teeth– where you desire longer teeth;
- Covering slight gaps between teeth;
- Fixing chips or cracks– especially in children that tend to engage in activities that sometimes result in slight dental injuries;
- Teeth that are slightly misaligned- bonding can create the appearance of more aligned teeth;
- Teeth that require fillings– the composite resin can be used as bonding material;
- Misshapen teeth– bonding can be used to reshape teeth that are misshapen and are causing gaps to form as a result of their irregular shape.
How does tooth bonding work?
Tooth bonding is an effective, non-invasive procedure that can be done in half an hour to an hour per tooth, saving you time and money. When you come in for a bonding procedure, Dr Trembath will:
- Match the shade of the bonding material (composite resin) to your natural tooth colour.
- Clean your tooth, removing any plaque, tartar or debris.
- Etch the surface of your tooth using an etching gel. This roughens the surface of the tooth in order for the tooth to adhere well to the bonding material once it is applied. The etching gel is then washed off after 30 seconds.
- Apply a bonding agent, which is a kind of liquid plastic, to the surface of your tooth using a brush or applicator.
- Shine a curing light on the bonding agent, causing it to harden. The initial bond has now been established.
- Apply layers of putty-like bonding material which adds dimension and bulk to the tooth.
- Shine the curing light onto the bonding material after each layer is added onto the tooth.
- Overbulk the bonding material and then trim it down to the desired shape using a drill and other shaping tools.
- Assess your bite to decide whether or not the newly-restored tooth interferes with the way your teeth come together.
- Buff and polish the restored tooth.
Is there preparation needed?
There is no preparation needed for tooth bonding. Unlike veneers that need a slight amount of tooth enamel taken off, the resin sits straight over the top of your natural tooth. Bonding is thus reversible, so if you do opt for dental veneers in the future- the bonding material can be removed without causing damage to your teeth. Anaesthesia is not necessary unless the bonding is used to fill decayed teeth.
If you want to learn more about tooth bonding or to see if you are an ideal candidate, contact the team at Trembath Dental today.