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Cosmetic bonding

Dentists are constantly looking for ways to make dental treatment easier and less time-consuming for patients. It is all part of creating a good customer experience. After all, if you know that your dentist is recommending the right treatments at the right times, you can confidently return to them for your next appointment.

Dental bonding is a cosmetic technique that dentists use to repair teeth. It is fast and makes a visible difference. Here’s a few of your questions answered on the subject.

What is cosmetic bonding?

Bonding is the technique of applying a flexible, bonding material to a damaged tooth then hardens and protects it. While it does have cosmetic qualities that improve the look of teeth, it also is used to repair teeth in some cases.

Why would I need it?

Dentists can apply a cosmetic bond to a tooth if it is discoloured or maybe chipped or cracked. Bonding can even be used to fill small cavities or gaps in teeth. This means that damaged teeth or fillings that are usually black and unsightly can be colour-matched to your existing teeth. So it really can improve how your smile looks, as well as providing some protection against decay.

What does the procedure involve?

Cosmetic bonding normally only requires a single visit to your dentist. The bond is applied as a resin, of which there are lots of different types depending on the requirement. It is quite a skill applying the resin in the right shape for your tooth, so your dentist will usually apply it gradually, layer by layer. The resin is then hardened under a curing light – so in many cases, you do not even need a local anaesthetic.

What questions should I ask my dentist?

The only disadvantage with cosmetic bonding is that it is not as strong or tough a material as, for example, traditional amalgam fillings. Therefore, over time, your bonding can discolour or chip. You may also find that your bonding stains. Therefore, you may wish to have a conversation with your dentist about the best way to look after and clean your newly restored teeth. Your dentist may also recommend some adjustments to your diet, such as stopping smoking or drinking coffee.

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