Tooth bonding or dental bonding is one of the least expensive and easiest cosmetic dental procedures for addressing tooth damage, discoloration and shape. In this process, a tooth-colored resin material is applied, and then using a special light, it is hardened. This eventually bonds that material to the tooth and helps in improving and restoring your smile. Baltimore cosmetic dentist Dr. Ed Lazer offers cosmetic tooth bonding in his Owings Mills dentist office.
Why Cosmetic Tooth Bonding?
There are several reasons why you should consider tooth bonding, including:
- Repairing decayed teeth
- Repairing cracked or chipped teeth
- Improving discolored teeth
- Closing spaces or gaps between the teeth
- Making the teeth appear longer
- Changing the teeth’s shape
- Replacing old dark fillings
- Protecting a certain section of the tooth’s root which has been exposed due to gum receding
About the Procedure
Your treatment will begin with a thorough exam and consultation to determine if tooth bonding is the best solution for you.
Next, a shade guide will be used to pick the right composite resin color which closely matches the color of your natural teeth. When the color has been selected, Dr. Lazer will etch your tooth’s surface slightly in order to roughen it. Afterwards, the tooth will be lightly coated with conditioning liquid. This will assist the bonding material adhere.
Once the tooth has been prepared, the tooth colored putty like resin will be applied. It will be smoothed and molded to achieve the right shape. The material is then hardened via a laser or ultraviolet light. After it hardens, the material will be further shaped, trimmed, and then polished till it matches the shine of the rest of your teeth.
This entire process typically takes up to 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
Bonded teeth don’t require any special care. You only have to follow the usual dental hygiene practices like brushing teeth twice a day, flossing at least once every day, and going for regular dental checkups. This will keep your bonded teeth neat and clean.
Tooth bonding is not considered a permanent treatment- over time, the bonding material can chip and become thinner. It is important to avoid certain habits like using your teeth as an opener, chewing on hard food objects like ice or chewing on pens, or biting your nails. Dr. Lazer will ensure that your bonded teeth remain strong and healthy during routine dental visits and will recommend any additional restorative dental treatments when necessary.