Bonding is a painless, convenient, and low-cost dental treatment procedure used to make minor repairs to teeth (in most cases, in a single visit). In the bonding process, a tooth-coloured material (composite resin) is applied to a smaller portion of the tooth, then shaped and hardened with a light. Bonding has an expected lifespan of 4-12 years, depending on the location of the bonded tooth and the amount of damage repaired.
During a composite bonding treatment at our Orangeville dental office, there is no tooth structure removed so no surgery is required. In most cases, there is no pain, drilling, or anesthetic. This makes bonding a very appealing treatment for anyone who has dental anxiety or who prefers non-invasive treatments.
To restore your smile, our Orangeville dentist Dr. Ranu will choose a resin colour that matches your natural teeth and apply it directly onto the tooth. Dr. Ranu will then roughen the surface of your teeth and apply a liquid that makes it easier for the resin to stick to your teeth. After applying the resin, the dentist will mold or shape the tooth, and then harden it with UV light.
This procedure can be used to either reshape teeth or improve discoloured teeth. For example, if you have one tooth that is shorter than the others and you want them to be the same length, composite bonding is perfect for you. Note that if you are using bonding to repair discoloured teeth or to fill a cavity, it may require anesthesia.
The biggest attraction point of dental bonding is that it is quick, painless, and easy. A tooth bonding appointment in Orangeville usually doesn't take more than 1 hour and can often be finished in 30 minutes. You can also go about your daily routine right after the appointment – no downtime required. You can even get several teeth bonded in one trip! No special techniques are needed to care for bonded teeth, just good oral hygiene.
There aren't any major drawbacks or risks of teeth bonding, but keep in mind that the resin material used in the treatment is not as strong as your natural teeth, so they can chip over time. This is in comparison to a dental crown or veneer, which are much stronger and are less likely to chip. The resin material is also not as stain-resistant as natural teeth, so if you drink a lot of coffee or smoke, it can get stained. Bonding restorations typically last many years before you will need to have them polished and/or repaired.
If you are looking to improve your smile with dental bonding, book an appointment at our Orangeville dental office today!