What You Need to Know About Cosmetic Bonding

December 7, 2016

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If you have teeth that are discoloured, unevenly shaped, chipped, or cracked, you may want to consider how tooth bonding can improve your appearance. Tooth bonding is one of the most popular and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures available to patients in Oshawa and throughout Canada.

What is Cosmetic Bonding?

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Cosmetic bonding involves using a tooth-coloured resin that a dentist applies to your teeth. It is then hardened by using a special light. This light fuses the resin to your natural enamel and produces the feel and appearance of a natural tooth surface.

The process takes only 30 to 60 minutes and generally does not require anesthesia unless, perhaps, the resin is used to fill a decayed tooth. Little advance preparation is needed. First, your dentist will roughen the surfaces of the tooth or teeth that need treatment. Next, a conditioning liquid will be applied to help the resin adhere. Once the resin is applied, it is moulded to the desired shape. A laser or ultraviolet light is used to harden the material. Afterwards, your dentist may trim and shape the bonding material and polish it to match nearby teeth.

When Should I Consider This Service?

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In addition to correcting chipped and cracked teeth, cosmetic bonding is frequently used to close gaps in front teeth, make teeth look longer, as an alternative to traditional silver- coloured fillings or to protect a portion of a tooth’s roots when gums have receded.

How Long Does It Last?

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Because bonding can chip, it doesn’t last as long as some other cosmetic dentistry services. You can expect cosmetic bonding to last between three and 10 years depending on how much material was applied and your own dental care habits.

No special care is needed after cosmetic bonding is applied to your teeth. Simply brush and floss twice daily, use antiseptic mouthwash and see your dentist regularly for preventive dental care. You should also avoid habits such as biting finger nails and chewing on pens and other hard objects to minimize chipping.

If you have always wanted to improve the appearance of your teeth, contact us for a consultation at Simcoe Smile Dental in Oshawa. We’ll be happy to recommend the best procedure for you.

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