Dental bonding is a procedure used for a variety of structural and cosmetic purposes, such as restoring chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps and reshape or recolor your smile.
What is tooth bonding?
Bonding is a composite resin filling placed over the front teeth. Composites are used for restoring decayed teeth, making cosmetic improvements, and changing the color or the reshaping of teeth. Bonding will lighten any stains you have, close up minor gaps, and can be used to correct crooked teeth. Bonding will cover any natural flaws by having a thin coating of a plastic material applied on the front surface of your teeth. After this, your cosmetic dentist will apply a bonding material and sculpt, color, and shape it to provide a pleasing result. A high-intensity light then hardens the plastic, and the surface is finely polished.
Small corrections usually require one appointment, in which a filling is colour-matched to the tooth and bonded to its surface.
Larger corrections require two visits, your first visit consisting of an impression created of the teeth requiring a bond. The filling (onlay) is then created in a lab and fitted to your teeth on your second visit. These fillings are usually made of porcelain, are very durable, and custom-fitted to your teeth.
Who is a candidate for bonding?
If you have close, small gaps between your front teeth, or if you have chipped or cracked teeth, you may be a candidate for bonding. Bonding is also used for patients who have discoloured or uneven teeth, gum recession, or tooth decay.
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