Well, let’s face it; even if your life is dull, you still need a great bright smile to get you through the day. You probably haven’t heard of tooth bonding, this is your chance to know more about cosmetic bonding for your teeth.
There are lots of cutting edge dental procedures on the market today, but you probably never knew that cosmetic bonding existed. In the write up that follows, we will try our best to simplify what this process entails with vital information to help you, but we want you to know right from the start that this is not a permanent cosmetic bonding procedure; it is just a temporary procedure, but it will last years before you need a more permanent one for your teeth.
What is cosmetic bonding?
Cosmetic dental is a procedure where dental composite; a composite material made of durable plastic-like resin is used for the restorative treatment of your tooth through special fillers and light that bonds the material to the teeth.
The composite material used is available in a variety of shades that fit your current teeth color to give a realistic and natural appearance to your teeth. Cosmetic bonding doesn’t really require any special procedure, but a good doctor can get you through the process restoring your smile and confidence strong that even the bond on the teeth.
How long does cosmetic bonding last?
A successful cosmetic dental bonding is dependent on so many factors – the dentist, the tooth and where it is located in your mouth. Your dentist recommends various bonding treatments for different areas of the mouth such as porcelain veneers or composite resin, but it all depends on you.
Furthermore, the duration of a cosmetic dental bonding as mentioned above depends on the location of the tooth that needs restoring. If the bonding tooth is an incisor or canine; chances are the bonding won’t last long as these teeth are used for biting, tearing, and cutting into things, food and objects. However cosmetic dental bonding at the middle or back of the mouth will last longer when properly maintained.
A traditional cosmetic dental bonding procedure will last 4 to 10 years on average, but the longevity depends on the user and how well they take care of it.
Why is bonding not permanent?
Cosmetic dental bonding is not a permanent cosmetic bonding procedure but will last a decade with proper care. Nevertheless, this should deter you from going for one at our facility Sugarland Dental Spa.
The reasons why this technique is permanent cosmetic bonding are:
- When you chew on hard food item like ice, bones, candy etc
- When you indulge in sticky foods that can make you put undue pressure on the composite material
- Indulging is high caffeine products or tobacco
- Alcohol doesn’t do well with composite resin
If you want to enjoy, you have to overhaul your lifestyle or keep it under moderation, and you have to know that resin is not as tough as your natural teeth, so it is best to avoid difficult bites that can crack or even chip it off.
Caring for my cosmetic dental bonding?
Basically, there are no special or recommended treatments for teeth that have undergone cosmetic bonding or than the regular. You can brush and floss your teeth twice daily or floss after every meal to remove food particle stuck in or on the surface of the teeth. However, due to the likelihood of discoloration, you might want to check your drinking habit especially for people that are into coffee, wine, and beer or tobacco.
Who needs cosmetic dental bonding?
Not everyone is a candidate for permanent cosmetic bonding, but if you fall in the category listed below, you can walk into Sugarland Dental Spa, and leave with a million dollar smile for a token.
- If you have a decaying tooth that needs filling
- To fix a cracked or chipped tooth
- To improve the appearance of badly stained tooth/teeth
- To close a menacing gap you detest
- To increase the length of the teeth
- To change the shape or size of the teeth
- For teeth protection
What is the procedure for Cosmetic Bonding?
The preparation stage
First, you will need a preparation time; normally teeth bonding don’t require prep time as dentist hardly makes use of anesthesia or numbing when bonding. However, if the bonding process is for filling a decayed tooth, you might need anesthesia as drilling is involve or near a nerve that will hurt.
Your doctor will select the composite resin that matches the exact color of your other teeth to be used.
The next stage is the bonding process
The tooth or teeth to be bonded is roughened up to create a friction based surface that the bonding material can adhere to. The cosmetic bonding is applied to the teeth/tooth molded and smoothened to the desired shape and length of the teeth. Blue laser light is shown on the tooth to harden the resin to the teeth. The dentist then smoothed the tooth until is fine and looks like the natural tooth including the sheen and texture.
The whole cosmetic bonding process takes less than an hour for a tooth but more depending on the number of teeth been fixed.
Pros and cons of cosmetic dental bonding
- It is the easiest and cheapest type of cosmetic bonding for a quick fix
- It doesn’t require too much enamel removed from your teeth
- The process is fast and doesn’t require numbing
- The resin material is not stained proof hence the need for a touch up in the future
- Too much bonding material can damage the teeth
How much does cosmetic bonding cost?
Cosmetic bonding is not that expensive and is not covered in your health insurance plan but you can talk to your dentist of the payment options.
To learn more about cosmetic bonding and find if it’s the right choice for you, visit or call us at Sugarland Dental Spa today to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.