Teeth Bonding

What is teeth bonding?

Bonding of teeth involves the application of resin composite to the teeth to hide any defects. When these composite bondings are placed over a tooth, they can cover discolorations, and deformities in shape. Also, when placed between teeth, the composite bondings can close unsightly spaces and reduce the size of “black triangles” between teeth.

Who needs teeth bonding?

Bonding can be performed on any patient. The key advantage of placing teeth bondings is that it is often done very conservatively without much tooth reduction. Thus injections are rarely required. Because of its conservative nature and procedure, it is a great procedure for children. Often we hide dental deformities and poor aesthetics  using bondings for children and transition them over to something more permanent like porcelain veneers when they are older.

Dental Bonding Procedure

  1. The tooth or teeth are scrubbed clean and the biofilm is removed with pumice and air prophy.
  2. The soft composite resin is molded onto the tooth by the dentist into an aesthetically pleasing shape using the color that will blend in with the adjacent teeth. 
  3. The sculpted resin is set hard by exposing the bonding to a blue wavelength light
  4. Finally, the bonding is polished and contoured to fit the adjacent teeth and blend in to the rest of the smile.

How to care for bonded teeth?

To improve the longevity of bonded teeth, you must brush and floss regularly and have them inspected by your dentist during regular visits. Generally, bonding materials are more porous than the enamel and can absorb chromogenic particles from your diet more easily.  These stains can easily be polished off by the dentist. After many years, the margins of the bond may deteriorate and permanently stain, which at this point you may wish to have the bonding replaced.