In dental bonding, a tooth-colored, putty-like resin, a durable plastic material, is applied to the tooth and hardened with ultraviolet or laser light, bonding the material to the tooth.
Your dentist then trims, shapes, and polishes it. Bonding can repair decayed, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth; it is also an excellent cosmetic alternative for amalgam or silver fillings.
Direct bonding is a simple procedure done at the dentist’s office that requires us to use a composite bonding procedure. We take a substance best described as looking and functioning much like putty and apply it to your teeth. This could be done to correct several issues, such as the following:
+ Chipped teeth
+ Cracked teeth
+ Direct fillings
+ Closing tooth gaps
+ Reshaping imperfect teeth
How Does The Procedure Work?
There are two types of direct bonding: Composite bonding, mainly for fillings, and Direct Veneer bonding, mainly for cosmetic purposes to change the color, size, and shape of the tooth. The bonding material is a putty-like composite resin matched to the color of your teeth. It is molded onto the tooth in small quantities, light cured to set, smoothed, and polished.
The dentist directly bonds the composite materials to the tooth with the help of a bonding agent – don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt!
Veneers take longer. The bonding takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth, depending on the filling needed. So if you have more than one tooth done, you may want to schedule several visits.
Your bonded teeth should last you anywhere from three to ten years! They are off-limits if you avoid chewing ice, biting pens, or nibbling on your fingernails. Staining is a common problem with bonding so remember to get your teeth polished during your following dental check-up habits, continue to brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist for regular check-ups.