Dental Bonding

What Is Tooth bonding?

Tooth bonding also known as dental bonding, composite bonding is the art of applying a tooth-colored resin or porcelain material using adhesives to bond the material directly to your tooth and hardened with a high-intensity curing light. It is a modern inexpensive way to alter shape, alignment and general appearance of teeth for cosmetic purposes. The bonded restoration is painless, single visit treatment to build and repair minor imperfections like gaps between teeth, chips or discoloration. Bonding is a comparable alternative to dental veneers and ideal for young patients looking for a less permanent option for smile improvement. Dental bonding can make your teeth appear straighter, close gaps by filling them, restore the size of your teeth, matches to the color of your natural teeth, shaped to look like the missing part of a chipped tooth. Tooth bonding is the perfect solution for a quick speedy smile makeover to flash a confident, winning smile.

Is Dental bonding the right option for me?

It can be a good option if you have a chipped, cracked, decayed or discolored tooth. Dental bonding can bring about great results in as little as a single sitting or in complex cases up to three visits. Most of the treatments may not require any anesthesia. While it can be used for different purposes, tooth bonding is most useful for repairing chipped teeth. That is because the composite material and porcelain are natural in tooth color and hence the treatment outcome matches the neighboring teeth very well without any distinction. It is an affordable alternative that is also non invasive. With good care, bonding can last for 3-4years before a replacement may be considered. Fantastic results based on before and after treatments at Smiline dental hospital can help you also decide if dental bonding is right for you.

Clinical applications of bonding-

Tooth bonding is one of the simplest, least expensive cosmetic dental procedures that is usually completed in a single visit. Bonding can be applied clinically in several dental problems. But the most common application is often to correct chipped or discolored teeth. Bonding can also be used to close the large spaces between teeth, alter the shape of teeth or make teeth appear longer. Also in the case of recession of the gums, bonding can be a useful replacement of amalgam or metallic fillings to protect the exposed root of a tooth.

What to Expect-

  • A shade guide is used by the dentist to select a shade of composite resin matching the natural color of the tooth very closely so that it blends in smoothly.
  • A matrix is placed between the tooth being treated and its neighbouring tooth. A matrix is a thin, clear plastic film that isolates the neighboring teeth from any overflow of the composite resin.
  • Next the surface of the tooth is roughened or etched with a lightly coated acidic liquid so as to enable the bonding material to bond well to the tooth surface
  • After this conditioning of the tooth, your dentist will apply the putty-like composite resin material in layers to the tooth and sculpt it to the desirable shape.
  • Then each layer of the bonding material is carefully hardened using an high intensity ultraviolet light or laser.
  • After the last layer of resin hardens by curing, your dentist will complete the procedure further shaping and polishing the bonding to a natural luster. The bonded restoration looks natural and shiny.

The entire procedure of tooth bonding can be completed in a single visit, takes roughly 30 minutes to an hour but may take longer and more visits required if it involves several teeth. Since the procedure is non invasive, not involving any tooth material, bonding doesn't necessitate use of anesthesia. Normal activities can be resumed soon after your appointment.

Schedule a follow up dental visit for your dentist to examine the bonding and polish it if necessary. Over a period of time, the bonding may wear down and may need a touch up of the bonding with more composite resin.

Post bonding care:

-Composite bonding material is not as strong as natural teeth. Also it is prone to staining. So it is important to take proper precautions to ensure the bonding material stays strong and stain free.

-Limit the intake of stain causing foods like tea, coffee, red wine, berries etc. It is especially important to avoid their consumption the initial 48hrs after the composite bonding treatment

-Avoid habits like grinding or clenching your teeth as this may cause your bonding material to chip or break.

-After the procedure If you notice any sharp edges, if the bonding breaks or chips or feels unusual on biting down, schedule a visit to the dentist.

-Avoid exerting undue pressure on the bonding material like biting nails or chewing on ice or pen lids etc to avoid chipping the material.

-Brush your teeth twice daily and visit your dentist every six months to maintain good oral health.

With good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, your composite bond will be clean, stain free and last for several years.

Bonding vs Veneers and Crowns:

-Composite bonding can usually be carried out in a single visit to the dentist while veneers may require multiple sittings.

-It’s a quick and effective way to make smile improvements without altering the tooth structure. For tooth bonding the surface is only made rough to facilitate bonding and as such is a non-invasive procedure. Alternatives such as crowns and veneers are invasive as part of the natural tooth is permanently removed.

-Dental bonding can be cheaper in cost when compared with crowns or veneers and is good for patients on a budget interested in esthetics of their smile.

-For patients who are initially unsure about the cosmetic results, bonding gives them an option to get permanent veneers at a future date.

Benefits of dental bonding:

Needs no removal of tooth enamel

Repairs chipped or broken tooth

Closes gaps between teeth

Durable and long lasting

Alterations possible and color matched closely to adjacent teeth

Time saving,single visit with quick dramatic cosmetic resu

Ideal for young people with developing smiles

Opportunity to move over to permanent veneers

Biocompatible and safe to the oral tissues

Bonding creates a perfect seal preventing bacteria from re-entering your teeth and causing caries

Availability of a wide number of shades of bonding material to choose, allows creation of a natural smile.

Dental bonding will not change color, so future whitening treatments will be ineffective.

This is why dentists often recommend teeth whitening done before proceeding withcosmetic dental bonding.


-Composite resin is not as strong as a natural tooth, and hence can chip or break off completely if you bite on hard foods or chew on ice or pen caps.

-Need replacement later.

-Bonding material isn't as resistant to stains as well as crowns or veneers.

-It is not long lasting as porcelain veneers.

How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?

The dental bonding procedure is relatively inexpensive and affordable compared to other cosmetic treatments. There are several factors that determine the cost of dental bonding. We at Smiline dental are committed to providing patients with dental bonding treatments at a reasonable cost.

The final dental bonding cost varies from patient to patient based on several factors such as the location of the dental clinic, dentist’s experience, patient goals, and the number of teeth involved etc.

Why choose Smiline ?

When choosing a cosmetic dentist, it is important to consider the experience and expertise of the dentist. At Smiline dental hospital we have expert dentists practicing cosmetic dentistry since 1996. Our dentists at Smiline use the latest technologies and materials on the forefront of cosmetic dentistry.

It is important to know and understand the benefits and risks and what you can expect during the bonding procedure. They will be happy to answer any questions you might have. To schedule your consultation with our cosmetic dentist or to learn more about dental bonding, contact Smiline dental hospital now!

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