Regular dental checkups are something we all need in order to achieve the best oral hygiene and to keep our smile looking beautiful. Oftentimes, an individual will require dental work beyond a regular checkup. With the advancements in science and technology over the last few decades, modern dentistry practices have made it possible for everyone to have a great smile.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure used to conceal imperfections in the teeth. It involves using a tooth-coloured composite resin which is adhered to the visual portions of the affected teeth. This cosmetic bonding procedure works for chips and stains, gaps, misalignments, and worn out teeth.
Dental bonding is among the most affordable of cosmetic dental procedures and is typically easy and pain-free. This procedure is ideal for patients seeking a smile makeover who might be timid or anxious about cosmetic dentistry. Anaesthesia generally is not required for dental bonding procedures.
As with any dental procedure, diet, smoking, and oral hygiene can all play a part in how long a dental bonding treatment lasts. Typically, with a healthy diet, smoke-free habits, and regular brushing and flossing, cosmetic bonding can last up to five years or more.
The Dental Bonding Procedure – What to Expect
Most people are not born with perfect teeth, and even fewer go through life without needing some sort of cosmetic dental procedure such as dental bonding. Even with the best oral hygiene practices, as we age, our teeth can become yellow, stained, and worn down. Dental bonding is a rather simple process that provides the patient with restored confidence in their teeth and smile.
At the initial consultation appointment, there will be a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth.
Based on the exam, we will select a colour and go through a trial bonding in order for you to be sure you are satisfied with the final result.
Prior to the procedure, your gums must be in excellent health.
For best results, good oral hygiene will be necessary for weeks up to the final appointment.
On the day of the treatment. A local anaesthetic may be applied to numb the gums and surrounding teeth; however most times, an anaesthetic is unnecessary. All plaque and tartar will be removed from the teeth before treatment.
The teeth are prepared using an air abrasion method which roughens the surface of the tooth. Following this step is a phosphoric acid-based gel which allows for a more secure bond with the cosmetic resin. Next, the glue is applied and set with a high-powered curing light.
The cosmetic tooth-coloured resin is then applied in multiple layers until the desired look is achieved. Once the resin has hardened, the material is then sanded and smoothed to achieve a lifelike appearance. A short follow-up appointment may be scheduled for one to two weeks after to make any necessary adjustments. The whole process takes about one hour.
Care for Bonded Teeth
It is important to follow regular practices for good oral hygiene once your cosmetic bonding procedure is complete. This ensures the longevity of the composite resin. Brushing twice daily, flossing once a day, using an antiseptic mouthwash, and regular dental checkups can all help get the most out of the bonding procedure.
Because the composite dental bonding resin can chip, it is important to avoid habits such as biting fingernails, chewing on pens, ice, or other hard food objects. Avoiding tobacco, coffee, dark soda, and red wine can help with the appearance of the bonding material.
Reasons to Consider Dental Bonding
Although you will want to speak with a trustworthy dentist who can fully assess your dental health and the best options for your specific situation, some reasons people consider dental bonding include the following:
- To repair broken or decayed teeth (fill cavities)
- To repair chipped and cracked teeth
- To improve the appearance and aesthetics of discoloured teeth
- To fill any space between teeth
- To make teeth appear longer for aesthetic purposes
- To change the appearance of teeth such as shape
- As a cosmetic alternative to silver fillings
- To protect a tooth root exposed due to a receding gum
Whether you are in the market for a cosmetic dental procedure such as bonding or are just shopping around for a new dentist, at Bay Dental Studio near Sydney we are confident in our range of treatments and procedures. We offer gentle yet effective service while utilising state-of-the-art dental technology.
Call us today at (02) 9158 6723 or complete our online form to book a consultation.