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Cosmetic bonding: A modest treatment for the voids in your teeth

29 July 2022by Shiv

Cosmetic composite bonding:

It is not uncommon to develop chips or cracks in your teeth. You may get them from sources like trauma, infection, gaps present from birth, or various other causes. Whatever may be the underlying cause, any void in your teeth is an unsightly appearance and may hamper you from socializing with enthusiasm and confidence. Cosmetic tooth bonding is a relatively convenient and straightforward cosmetic procedure that basically is used to repair your teeth.

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that can help in the resolution of this problem by filling all the voids, cavities, chips, or cracks in your teeth. 

Tooth bonding is carried out using a composite resin that matches the inherent shade of your teeth and hence gives you a near-to-invisible restoration.

Here is all you need to know about the procedure of bonding teeth.


What is cosmetic dental bonding?

Cosmetic Bonding involves the use of bonding agents most commonly, methacrylates, and an inorganic filler such as silica. The dentist will make use of a shade guide to match the color of your teeth to the substance used in bonding. After this, the surface of the tooth that is supposed to be bonded will be slightly roughened, followed by the application of a conditioning chemical liquid that increases the affinity of bonded material towards the tooth. Then the cosmetic resin is applied over it and allowed to get hardened. The process can be facilitated by the use of UV light or a laser.

The final step involves shaping and polishing the hardened surface to give it proper contour and lustre.


When to get cosmetic bonding done?

It is important to recognize who is eligible for cosmetic bonding and what conditions can be resolved by this treatment. Here is a list of a few dental conditions, in which cosmetic bonding is the preferred choice.

  • Closing the diastema or the physiological gaps in your teeth.
  • Partially chipped teeth due to trauma
  • Dental cavities are formed as a result of bacteria and sugar-creating acid.
  • Lengthening of uneven teeth to make the appearance better.
  • Stained teeth can be concealed with the bonding process
  • Protecting the roots of teeth which may become exposed due to subsiding gums.


What are the advantages of cosmetic bonding?

Cosmetic bonding offers a vast range of advantages, most of them being cosmetic. Some of the major ones include-

Invisible restoration: With the color of composite resin matching the color of your natural teeth, the tooth on which bonding has been done will be imperceptible. This boosts your confidence and makes you less self-conscious regarding the appearance of your teeth.

Convenient and straightforward: Cosmetic bonding is being widely preferred over other methods of dental cosmetics because it requires virtually no prior preparation. It is a simple procedure and can be completed within an hour or so. This is why it is also popularly referred to as a “One-hour smile makeover.”

No anaesthesia is required: Anaesthesia is not necessary because it is an entirely painless procedure.

Enamel remains intact: Unlike other cosmetic amelioration techniques, bonding does not require enamel removal. It is done over intact enamel, it is only roughened slightly to allow better adherence of bonding resin. This keeps the natural strength of your tooth preserved.


How to care for a bonded tooth?

You will be allowed to leave the clinic soon after the procedure is completed.

You have to follow an excellent oral hygiene regime after this dental procedure. You don’t require any additional maintenance processes, sticking religiously to your routine practice would suffice.

Brushing your teeth regularly, two times a day, and flossing regularly are the necessary steps towards good oral hygiene. Make sure that you especially clean your bonded tooth, such that no food particle remains on it. 

Although the bonded tooth is sturdy but still weaker than a natural tooth, so avoid eating or biting any hard materials that may lead to its damage.

Another major thing you should keep in concern is that the bonded tooth can stain over time and so the use of food materials such as coffee, red wine, tea, and cigarettes should be avoided.

These small steps pave the way toward the longevity of your bonded tooth.


How long does dental bonding last?

The sustainability of dental bonding depends on the tooth on which it is performed and the extent to which it was damaged. 

It also greatly depends on how you take care of it after the procedure. As already mentioned, good oral hygiene promotes the life of a bonded tooth.

On average, dental bonding on the front teeth may last as long as 10 years and on the back or posterior teeth for 5-7 years. This disparity is because of the function and pressure endured by the teeth. The back teeth have to withstand more pressure and may wear off sooner as compared to the front teeth.


Are there any risks associated with dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a safe procedure, and there are no significant disadvantages.

However, a few glitches are present which include-

The composite material used can stain as you eat and drink with time. If this happens simple polishing of the filling material can return the composite to its original shade.

Another disadvantage is that they are prone to break and crack on pressing over hard materials. If this happens then don’t worry the tooth will not break just the composite filling material.


How much does cosmetic dental bonding cost?

The cost of bonding depends on the number of teeth that will be bonded and the extent to which they are damaged. 

If you’re in search of ‘cosmetic bonding near me’ in High Wycombe, then Conway House Dental Practice would be a great choice that offers highly skilled and affordable services. You can expect to spend from £80 per tooth for bonding here at Conway House.

You can stay assured of the world-class quality of service delivered by well-trained staff. A friendly and comfortable environment will help you stay relaxed. 

Also, if you want to get your bonded tooth replaced, or there is an emergency where the bonded tooth has broken for some reason, please call Conway House and we will definitely be able to help.

We are a friendly team of dentists, hygienists and receptionists who work together to ensure that you receive the best treatment you require.

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