Stained or Damaged Teeth? Try Dental Teeth Bonding
By Buttercup 7 Day Dental 04th Aug 2017
We go to the dentist hoping that we won’t need any work done. If something isn’t causing us pain, then it isn’t a problem.
But when asked if we are happy with our teeth nearly half of the UK population say they aren’t. 64% say that discoloured teeth is the main reason for being unhappy.
Everyone knows having healthy teeth is important for your oral care, but being happy with your smile is important for your self-confidence. And this shouldn’t be overlooked.
Now with advances in dental care, discoloured, crooked, chipped or cracked teeth can have a relatively cheap and easy fix.
With dental bonding you can have your imperfections corrected to give you a more confident smile.
Teeth Issues That Bonding Can Solve
Dental bonding can address the following problems with teeth:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Decayed teeth (filling dental cavities)
- Improve the appearance of discoloured teeth
- Change the shape of the teeth – make them look longer or file the edges
- To close the gaps between teeth
- As a cosmetic alternative to the silver (amalgam) fillings aka white fillings
What Is Teeth Bonding?
Dental bonding is a generally simple procedure used in cosmetic dentistry.
It involves applying a special tooth-coloured resin to the patient’s teeth and then sealing it in place using a high intensity light. This “bonds” the resin to the teeth allowing the dentist to restore, improve and transform the appearance of the patient’s teeth and smile.
It can be used to fill cavities, repair cracks, close the gaps between teeth and build up and reshape the worn down edges of your teeth.
It is most popularly used as a minimally invasive way to get a smile make-over. By making them look bigger, changing their shape or improving the colour.
What Is The Procedure For Teeth Bonding?
As far as dental procedures go, teeth bonding is nearly as simple as it gets.
There is little preparation needed. Simply washing away any dirt or residue on the teeth, polishing them and then choosing the correct shade for the composite resin.
The process itself involves the surface of the tooth to be roughened using a phosphoric acid based gel, and then an adhesive bonding liquid is applied. The rougher surface and the adhesive bonding liquid helps hold the composite in place once it’s applied to the teeth.
The tooth coloured composite resin, which is putty like in consistency, is then applied to the teeth where it is moulded and smoothed into the desired shape.
Next, a high intensity ultraviolet light or laser is used to harden and set the material to the tooth.
Once it is set the dentist will further trim, shape and polish it to get the desired look and match it to the rest of the tooths surface.
The procedure is relatively quick normally only taking between 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
Note that a local anaesthetic might be used if the tooth to be worked on is badly damaged. Thankfully that is often not the case.
Try Teeth Bonding For Yourself
If you are one of many people that is unhappy with your smile why not ask your dentist about teeth bonding.
As a relatively quick, cheap and painless experience, it’s a great option if you want to improve on your smile.