Dental bonding is among the easiest and most affordable cosmetic treatments. It is ideal for minor to moderate smile flaws such as chips, fractures, discoloration, and teeth that appear too short. Bonding can also be used as an alternative to amalgam fillings.
During your initial consultation, Drs. Terence and Casey Lau will help you select the desired shade of composite resin to match your natural smile. At the time of treatment, our dentists will lightly etch the surface of the tooth to provide a better bond, and then coat it in a conditioning liquid to help the bond adhere. Once the tooth has been prepared, we will apply the tooth-colored resin in a putty-like form to be sculpted and molded into its proper shape. The bonding material will be hardened, trimmed, and polished to match the sheen and appearance of your natural teeth. Depending on the number of teeth being treated, dental bonding can typically be completed in just one visit to our office.
The composite resin used to shape your teeth is matched to the natural color of your smile. To preserve the shade of composite resin (and your natural teeth), avoid staining substances, such as coffee, tea, wine, and cigarettes, during the first 48 hours after treatment and limit your consumption in the future. You can keep the resin material bright longer by visiting the dentist every six months for a dental cleaning. Dental bonding can last up to 10 years with proper care and hygiene habits, especially if you avoid hard candy, ice cubes, and other substances that can crack teeth.
For more information about dental bonding and to schedule a consultation, contact our dentists today.