An application process typically used for cosmetic purposes, fixing discoloration, chipped teeth, spaces between teeth, lengthening of teeth, or the change in tooth shape completely.
Cosmetic Bonding is the application of tooth-colored resin materials that are bonded to the tooth using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. There are two kinds of dental bonding that can be done, which are direct composite bonding, and adhesive bonding.
Direct Composite Bonding is a process in which the dentist uses tooth-colored composites to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, close gaps, and build up any worn down edges. For these uses, the composite materials are often in office and ready to be used. These type of composites can be directly applied and sculpted to the surface of most visible teeth when smiling (minimally invasive smile makeovers).
Adhesive bonding is the attachment of a restoration to a tooth, commonly used for esthetic crowns, porcelain veneers, bridges, inlays, or onlays. After choosing an appropriately matched shade for their composite, the dentist will use a gentle phosphoric acid solution to roughen the teeth, after which a bonding liquid agent is applied. The putty is then applied, molded, and smoothed into the desired shape, hardened with ultraviolet curing light, and finally polished.
- Maintenance – Bonded teeth require the same care as natural teeth; make sure to brush at least twice a day, and floss regularly. Routine check-ups are necessary.
- What to Avoid – Do not bite hard objects such as fingernails, pens, ice, or hard foods.
- Note – If your tooth feels differently than when the procedure took place, you may have chipped the bond. See a dentist if this happens.
Dr. Yousaf provides beautiful and healthy smiles with cosmetic bonding for the residents of Stafford County, Quantico, Manassas, Woodbridge, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Garrisonville, and Roseville, VA.