Teeth bonding: how it’s done and taking care of it

November 12, 2012

Teeth bonding: how it’s done and taking care of it

Teeth bonding can have a great affect on the aesthetics of your teeth and can be used to fill cavities and eliminate spots, chips and discolouration. The substance is made up of silicon dioxide or quartz and a tough synthetic resin and is available in a variety of shades, translucencies and toughness so that it properly matches your teeth.

What is teeth bonding?

Teeth bonding is a procedure done by first preparing the teeth by making it slightly rough so that the bonding properly attaches to the area being treated. A thin layer of bonding agent is then applied before adding the tooth composite. The composite is of a paste-like consistency so that the shape can be modified and usually multiple layers of the composite are applied until the desired colour and translucency is achieved. When the dentist is happy that the teeth bonding procedure has reached the desired look, a light will be used to harden the composite.

Teeth bonding as a form of art

So long as the cosmetic dentist is well trained and experienced, it will be possible to create a look that is of the same colour and translucency of the rest of the teeth as well as polish it to a shine. Many dentists claim to be a cosmetic dentist and are able to carry out some of the more basic procedures but teeth bonding is an art form, as it requires careful sculpting and a good eye to create something that looks realistic and improves the overall aesthetics of the teeth. Make sure that any cosmetic dentist you see has the proper qualifications as well as specialised training in this area.

The results of teeth bonding

Teeth bonding is a very effective cosmetic procedure, which provides beautiful and realistic results. However, as with most cosmetic actions, it won’t last forever. The composite can become stained and lose its shine but when it only used in small areas this is not too much cause for worry. The problem is more serious when a large amount of work has been done and some people opt for this method to recreate their entire smile, so as you can imagine staining becomes more obvious. So long as the patient takes care to maintain the condition of their composites through good oral hygiene then the bonding can look as good as it did the first day, 15 years later. Those who don’t take such good care may need some touch-ups at some point down the line or in extreme cases it can be replaced.

Maintain the quality of the bonding

Brushing and flossing properly is essential for maintaining the quality of the bonding. Anyone with excessive bonding work should have regular check ups with a hygienist experienced in bonding maintenance. There are also special toothpastes available to help it last longer and stay polished. Normal toothpastes can be harsh and create a dulling affect on the bonding, making it easier to become stained. Frequent consumption of alcohol can cause deterioration of the bonding and smoking and drinking tea or coffee can cause staining. If you notice any areas becoming rough, inform your dentist who should be bale to smooth these areas over.

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