What Is Teeth Bonding?

Did you know that your teeth have one of the toughest substances in your body?

This happens to be the outer covering of your teeth called the enamel. Its toughness allows you to tear up and break down food into smaller digestible portions.

Despite this toughness, it also has its limits. Your teeth can take so much wear and tear that it will end up chipping or cracking. It also chips when dealt with a forceful blow.

There is a solution for chipped, cracked, and damaged teeth. You can mend this through teeth bonding. We will look at how dental bonding can help your teeth when put in the right hands.

1. How Does Teeth Bonding Work?

Dental bonding is a process that involves the use of composite resin to repair minor damages on the tooth. The resin material is effective in repairing the chips and cracks on the tooth, as well as fix discolouration.

The good thing about this process is that it does not need any anaesthesia to administer unless it involves filling a cavity.

The process comes in phases. The first one is the preparation, where the dentist checks the shade guide to find a composite resin that matches the natural tooth colour. After which, the dentist roughens the surface and shapes up the tooth for the process.

The next phase is the bonding process. Here, the dentist applies the conditioning fluid for the bonding material to adhere. After this is applying the resin, where it gets moulded, shaped, and then hardened by a bright light or laser.

Depending on the extent of the damage and how many teeth need dental bonding, the time for it to complete varies. The usual range is between 30-60 minutes per tooth.

2. How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

This would depend on several factors. These factors include oral habits and the extent of the bonding. Take note that compared to normal teeth, bonded teeth would not have the same strength.

Factors that can affect both the tooth and the bonding material involve how hard you bite down. Biting down hard can cause the bonding material to break off.

If you drink dark beverages a lot or if you smoke, the bonding material would stain far quicker. This would end up with the bonding material needing a replacement sooner.

With those factors set, bonding materials can last for years before needing a replacement. It comes at three years minimum. At most, the bonding material lasts for 10 years before retouching or replacing it.

3. Eating With Bonding On The Front Teeth

As part of caring for your bonded teeth, you might wonder about how teeth bonding can affect your eating. This also affects your other habits as well now that you need to avoid certain habits and take up new ones. Let us look at some of them.

After receiving the teeth bonding, don’t rush in using them right away. Instead, give it time for the tooth to recover. It may usually take 48 hours or more, so don’t rush and let the resin set.

During that time, consider avoiding any contact with that tooth. Consume soft foods and drink cold or lukewarm beverages. You have to avoid smoking and drinking dark beverages that could stain the bonding.

Also, make sure to avoid eating hard foods and avoid biting down on hard objects like ice. Don’t bite your fingernails, and make sure to not grind your teeth at night (remember, your dentist can make a guard to help with this).

If there is anything that you should do regularly, it is to brush your teeth to remove plaque. Floss at least once a day as it helps you clean hard-to-reach spots. Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash at least once or twice a day helps with getting rid of bacteria.

4. Teeth Bonding vs. Veneers

Which would be a better choice between the two, teeth bonding or dental veneers? The similarities between the two are in what issues they address. In this case, both take on cosmetic concerns such as chips or discolouration.

What makes the two different from each other is in which parts of the tooth they stand out in. Dental bondings take on the affected section of the tooth. This can vary depending on the damaged portions.

The application of dental bondings works well due to how malleable the bonding material is before it hardens. This allows the dentist a chance to shape it as needed.

Meanwhile, veneers have a different application due to how thin they are. They also take on a custom build and would work for either one tooth or multiple teeth. Veneers also bond to the front surface of your teeth permanently.

5. Teeth Bonding for Gaps

The good thing about teeth binding is that you can also use this to address gaps. With how easy it is to sculpt the bonding material, dentists can cover up the gap and close it. This works great for the front incisors, where gaps in that section may appear problematic.

Teeth bonding for gaps can help make your smile look perfect. Consider going for dental bonding to fix up minor issues.

6. Teeth Bonding at Home

There is a trend spreading on social media such as the popular video site TikTok, where it shows the filing of teeth. These unsupervised methods pose potential dangers that can harm your teeth. The trend of the DIY Dentist may seem convenient, but it is highly discouraged.

For your dental needs, including teeth bonding and other forms of cosmetic and general dentistry, don’t do them at home. Instead, set a dentist appointment and visit the clinic. This saves you the trouble of harming yourself, and you get the results that you wanted for your teeth.

Go for Teeth Bonding Today

For chips, cracks, and discolouration, you need to set an appointment with the dentist. Teeth bonding happens to be one of the many ways they can help you make your teeth look better. They can also give you advice regarding oral health.

Consider setting an appointment with us. Visit this page and request a free consultation today.

Author: Dr Kala Jones

Dr Jones qualified from the Royal London Dental Hospital in 1981 and spent time both in hospital service and general practice before being appointed by University College London in 1985 as one of their dentists. Two years later she was appointed by UCL to become the Principal Dentist and has been managing The Dental Centre for the last 24 years