Bonding is the easiest and most cost-effective cosmetic dental procedure. At Tualatin Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer tooth bonding treatment for people who have chipped, discolored, or mis-sized teeth.
Bonding is the application of a putty-like, tooth-colored resinous material to the surface of your teeth. Unlike veneers, which require an impression to get the proper fit and are fabricated in a laboratory, bonding is done in a single visit.
The Bonding Process
At Tualatin Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Emerson Rowley, DMD will use a shade guide to choose a composite resin color that best matches your natural teeth color.
Once the color has been chosen, we will use special tools to etch the surface of your tooth to roughen it. This is done so that the bonding material can adhere more securely to the tooth. Your tooth will then be lightly coated with a conditioning liquid.
When the tooth surface is prepared, we will apply a coat of resin to your defective tooth. The bonding material is then trimmed, molded, and smoothed until it assumes the ideal shape. We will next use ultraviolet light to harden the resin.
Once the bonding material has hardened, we will trim off excess resin and shape it. Then we will polish the material until it gets a sheen like your natural tooth.
It usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete the bonding procedure. To prevent your teeth from staining again, avoid consumption of dark food and liquids and tobacco. Additionally, you should properly brush and floss your teeth and get them checked at Tualatin Family & Cosmetic Dentistry periodically.
Applications of Bonding in Dentistry
Bonding is used to fix various cosmetic defects on your teeth:
Limitations of Dental Bonding
Since composite resin is not as strong as your natural tooth, it is prone to wear and tear. Chewing on hard stuff like ice and biting your nails can cause the bonding material to break away from your tooth. However, if proper care is taken, bonding can last you several years, depending on the extent of the treatment and your oral habits.
The composite resin used in bonding is susceptible to staining during the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you do not drink cola, red wine, coffee, or tea in the first few days to prevent re-staining your teeth.
Does Dental Bonding Work for Everyone?
Although bonding can help you get a great smile easily, it is not the only option for you. Bonding is a cosmetic procedure and hence works best on areas of your mouth with low bite pressure, like your incisors, or teeth which need cosmetic repairs.
However, if the damage is severe, like a badly decayed tooth, bonding may not be a good option. For moderate to severe tooth damage, we recommend getting veneers, inlays, onlays, and crowns, which are ideal for more extensive damage.
If you experience a strange bite or notice sharp edges on your bonded tooth, call us at (503) 878-7474 to schedule an appointment to fix your tooth. You should also visit us if your bonded material cracks or falls off.