A dental bonding is a composite resin that is attached to tooth enamel. It is used to make small cosmetic changes in the mouth, covering teeth that are chipped, stained, spaced apart, or misshapen. A bonding can even be used to fill cavities or protect tooth roots which have been exposed because of gingival recession.
Dental Bonding vs. Veneers And Crowns
Which kind of cosmetic restoration should you choose? A dental bonding or a veneer/crown? A dental bonding is inexpensive and requires a less extensive procedure than veneers and crowns. However, veneers and crowns are stronger and more stain-resistant than a dental bonding.
Applying A Dental Bonding
Your dentist will first match the composite resin material with your tooth color. They will then roughen the tooth surface and cover it with a conditioning liquid, aiding the bonding process. The composite resin will be applied to your teeth in a putty-like form and then shaped accordingly. It is hardened with a curing light, then trimmed and polished.
Caring For A Dental Bonding
Clean your bonding just like you clean your teeth: by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Though a bonding does have stain-resistant qualities, it is not completely stain resistant. Avoid frequently drinking coffee and tea to protect the coloring of your bonding. Also avoid chewing on ice, pens, and fingernails to prevent the bonding from chipping