Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of your teeth by covering over cracked, chipped, discoloured or misshapen teeth. A tooth-coloured resin material is bonded to your teeth by the dentist using special laser beams.
This fast and inexpensive procedure is mainly used for minor cosmetic problems like repairing the front teeth for a healthier smile. The material used for dental bonding is prone to discoloration and chipping, so proper care of the bonded teeth is important.
When you go for dental bonding in East York, Toronto, ON, the dentist will examine your teeth and discuss your dental needs and goals. You will be seated comfortably in a reclining position and may wear a clear shield over your eyes to protect them from spraying liquids.
If you require your teeth to be professionally whitened, let your dentist know before the procedure begins. This is because the composite resin material used for bonding cannot be whitened. Your dentist will choose a shade of the composite material that closely matches the colour of your tooth for a uniform smile.
Anesthetics are often not required for this pain-free procedure except when the bonding is used to fill decayed teeth, when the tooth has chipped near the dental nerve or when drilling is required to change the tooth’s shape.
If you require an anesthetic, the dentist will inject it into the gums near the tooth to be repaired after administering a topical anesthetic to prevent pain from the injection. After the area has become numb, the decayed material is drilled out.
To help the bonding material stick to the tooth, the surface of the tooth that requires the dental bonding treatment will be made slightly rough and a conditioning liquid applied to it. The soft tooth-coloured material is applied to the tooth in several layers then moulded and smoothed to the required shape. Laser light is directed on the material to harden it.
Your dentist may trim the material and polish it until its sheen matches the rest of the tooth surface. The dentist will give you instructions to care for the bonding to last for a longer time in good condition. With restored or repaired teeth, you smile confidently out of the dentist’s office.
Dental bonding at Thorncliffe Dental has the following benefits: