Tooth Bonding is one of the easiest and most affordable cosmetic dental practices. In this proceeding, a tooth-colored composite resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied on the surface of your teeth to enhance your smile. Bonding can rectify teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, decayed, discolored or have gaps between them. Sometimes, bonding is used as a substitute to amalgam or metallic fillings to shield the exposed root of a tooth with receded gums. It can also make your teeth longer or alter their shape.
What to Expect from your Dentist in Greenville, WI?
Bonding your front teeth typically takes minimal preparation of the tooth. Anesthesia is generally not required except there is an old restoration or decay present. First, your Dentist at Westhill Dental will use a shade guide to pick a shade of resin that will match the actual color of the tooth most closely. The tooth is then roughened and slightly coated with a conditioning gel to help the bonding material affix to the tooth more easily. The composite resin is then applied, molded, smoothed until it is in the accurate shape and hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser. After that your dentist will shape, trim and polish the resin to its final look, to match the rest of your teeth.
It generally takes between 30-60 minutes per tooth to finish the bonding method and is done in a single visit. However, if you are getting multiple teeth done, it could take a few more visits to finish off.
Benefits of Bonding
- One of the most cost-effective cosmetic practices
- The process can be performed in a single visit
- Bonding needs minimal tooth removal.
Naturally, it can range from $100 to $400 per tooth approximately. Verify with your dental insurance provider to find out if the expense of bonding might be wholly or partially covered.
Lifespan of Bonded Teeth
How long the bonding stays is based on how much bonding you have done and your oral care. If the bonding is done on the very edge of your tooth, it most probably will not last as long in consequence of biting forces experienced while eating certain kinds of foods. Bonding material has a high tendency to stain, therefore avoid tea, coffee, wine and smoking. A tooth colored bonding can remain 4 to 8 years on average, based on tooth location and patient’s bite and eating/chewing patterns.
Bonded Teeth Care
After you are done with your bonding, reach out to your dentist if you spot sharp edges on the bonded teeth, or your teeth feel uncomfortable when you bite down. Always call your dentist if the bonding chips or pieces fall off totally.
Implement good oral hygiene practices like:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum two minutes.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash every day.