Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin material to a defective tooth, making it stronger and improving its look. Bonding is a very simple, non-invasive, and cost-effective dental procedure offered at Pacific Modern Dentistry, but it comes with its share of benefits and limitations as well.
What is Bonding Used For?
Bonding is primarily a cosmetic procedure but it does offer a lot of functional and health benefits to your teeth. Bonding is used for:
Dental Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding is a painless, simple, and quick procedure and does not require much preparation beforehand. Most tooth bonding procedures also do not require anesthesia either.
At Pacific Modern Dentistry, Dr. Jae Seon Kim will choose a shade guide to select the composite resin color which best matches your natural teeth. We will then etch the surface of your tooth lightly to make it rough so that the bonding material can easily adhere to it.
The tooth is then coated with a conditioning liquid that swill help bond the resin to the tooth. We will then apply the putty-like resin in layers to the tooth and mold and shape it until it is the required shape. Then we will use a blue UV light or laser to accelerate the bonding process.
Once the bonding material hardens, we will trim off any excess material of the tooth and polish its surface until it shines.
The bonding procedure is typically completed in 30 minutes or an hour for a single tooth. If you want to perform dental bonding on multiple teeth, you may need to schedule extra time or appointments.
Dental Bonding After-Care
Once your teeth are bonded, you need to take extra care of their oral hygiene:
If you follow these tips, your dental bonding can last you for 5 to 7 years or even more.
Limitations of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding also comes with several limitations:
Dental bonding is a safe and effective cosmetic dentistry procedure. What’s great about it is that it preserves your natural tooth health as it does not involve shaving off too much of the enamel, making it better for tooth health than veneers. However, it is not as long-lasting or durable.
It is a good idea to keep all these things in mind when deciding to get a dental bonding procedure. If you have any more concerns, you can call us at (206)284-4505 today.