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Cosmetic applications for
dental bonding materials.
Cosmetic tooth bonding - Dental bonding can be used to
create cosmetic enhancements for teeth.
1) Dental Veneers Veneering
of dental bonding over the front side of teeth that have
become stained or discolored as a way of enhancing their
2) Closing a dental gap (diastema). Tooth bonding can be
used to fill in gaps that lie between a person's teeth .
When this technique is employed, dental composite is bonded
onto the sides of the two teeth that lie on either side of
the gap, so to widen each tooth slightly. The net effect is
that the space between the two teeth is narrowed, or even
filled in completely.
3) Correcting minor cosmetic imperfections. Minor to
moderate cosmetic imperfections of chipped, disfigured, or
misaligned teeth can be masked or corrected by placing
How is dental bonding performed?
The dentist will prepare your tooth for
treatment by roughening and shaping or contouring the
surface. Then its followed by a process of applying a dilute
acid, called Etchand, to the enamel of a tooth to produce a
frosted surface which looks microscopically like a series of
mountains and valleys. This microscopic roughness is then
filled with a liquid plastic called Bonding agent, which
acts as a strong adhesive or glue, which, when hardened,
mechanically adheres onto the surface of the tooth and
allows the further bonding of a glass filled composite
filling material. In dental bonding, a composite resin
material is applied to the tooth and then sculpted and
shaped to cover damaged areas or to fill in gaps. This
material comes in several shades so it can be matched to the
natural color of your tooth. Several layers of the composite
material may be necessary in order to achieve the best
results. To cure and harden the material, a high-intensity
light or a chemical agent may be used. Finally, your dentist
will smooth and polish your tooth to give it an even,
Except in complicated cases, bonding can
be accomplished in one visit. The length of the visit will
depend on the condition of your teeth and on how much
cosmetic or restorative repair work you are having done. It
is less time-consuming and less expensive, as no laboratory
is involved in the production of the final product. than
other tooth restoration methods. Direct bonding is an
artistic endeavor on the part of the dentist.
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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding?
Advantages: Bonding is
among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental
procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns , which are customized
tooth coverings that must be manufactured in a laboratory,
bonding usually can be done in one office visit unless
several teeth are involved. Another advantage, compared with
veneers and crowns, is that the least amount of tooth enamel
is removed. Also, unless dental bonding is being performed
to fill a cavity , anesthesia is usually not required.
the material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain
resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns.
Another disadvantage is that the bonding materials do not
last as long nor are as strong as other restorative
procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings .
Additionally, bonding materials can chip and break off the
tooth. Because of some of the limitations of bonding, some
dentists view bonding as best suited for small cosmetic
changes, for temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and
for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure
(for example, front teeth).
RISK OF BONDING:
1. Staining can occur with smoking and
excessive amounts of coffeee and tea.
2. Durability varies but its approximately 3 to 5 years
before replacement is required
3. Chipping or fracturing may necessitate repair or
replacement and extra further dental cost
4. Requires more patient care to prevent staining or future
5. Breakage of the bonding materials occurs more readily
with bonding than with Porcalain restorations
6. In short term, it is less costly, but the potential of
frequent repairing, replacement or maintenance may mean more
expensive in long term plus the time lost involved on
frequent dental visit to do repair or maintenance.
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How Long Does Bonding Material Last?
The lifespan of bonding materials depends on how much
bonding was done and your oral habits. Plastic bonding may last for years but it is less strong than the more durable or longer lasting Porcelain restoration.
Typically, however, bonding material lasts from 3 -5 years up to about 10 years before needing to be touched up or replaced. They have a useful life of 3 to 8 years.
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Recommended Care of Bonded Teeth
Because bonding material can chip, it is important to avoid such habits as biting fingernails;
chewing on pens, ice or other hard food objects; or using your bonded teeth as an opener. If you do notice any sharp edges on a bonded tooth or if your tooth feels
odd when you bite down, call your dentist. Follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice a day,
floss at least once a day and see your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleanings.
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