What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a type of restorative dental treatment for addressing cracked, chipped, or fractured teeth. Dentists may also recommend dental bonding for covering stained and discolored teeth to ensure a flawless smile. Bonding involves using tooth-colored composite resin to restore the shape and structure of teeth. The dentist will place the bonding material on the affected teeth and mold it to its natural size and shape.

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Dental bonding is a durable solution that can last for several years with proper care and maintenance?

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What to Expect During Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a painless, short and straight forward process that only takes about 30 to 60 minutes. The process involves:

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Step 1: Preparation

The preparation phase entails preparing the surface of the tooth for bonding. Dentists use a mild etching acid to roughen the enamel and increase its surface area of adhesion with the bonding material.

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Step 2: Bonding

The dentists will carefully apply the bonding material on the affected teeth. The composite resin substance is malleable and putty-like and easily clings to the teeth. The dentist carefully shapes the putty to the desired shape while comparing it with the surrounding teeth.

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Step 3: Curing

Once the dentist gets the correct shape, the next step is to cure the bonding. This involves exposing the affected tooth to a special curing light for a couple of seconds. This light hardens the putty material.

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Step 4: Finishing

The dentist finishes up by trimming and shaping the affected tooth to ensure it's perfect. The teeth must msi the natural contours of surrounding teeth to blend with the rest. The dentist might polish the teeth to give it a natural sheen before releasing you.

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Cleaning & Hygiene

Teeth cleanings are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth. Seeing an oral hygienist and a dentist every six months ensures that minor stains, plaque, and bacteria can be removed from your teeth, and that your smile remains healthy and strong.

Good at-home oral hygiene is also important. Make sure you brush at least twice a day for two minutes using fluoride-based toothpaste, and floss once per day to get rid of food particles, plaque, and bacteria that can’t be removed with brushing alone.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments can be applied to the teeth after any teeth cleaning. Your dentist will apply a layer of fluoride-rich gel or paste directly to your teeth, and leave it in place for several minutes. Then, it will be rinsed away.

After treatment, the fluoride will attract minerals like calcium and phosphates to your teeth, strengthening and “remineralizing” them. This, in turn, helps prevent the formation of cavities.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a great way to fight back against cavities, and can be used on patients of all ages. Sealants are made up of a layer of liquid dental resin, which your dentist will apply directly to the rear teeth. Usually, sealants are only used on the rear teeth because their deep crevices are more prone to cavities. 

This resin is hardened using a UV light, creating a strong, transparent barrier. This blocks food debris, acid, and bacteria from contact with your enamel. A strong dental sealant can prevent the formation of cavities for up to 10 years.

Periodontal Care

Periodontal care is an essential part of preventive dentistry for patients who have gum disease. The first stage of gum disease is known as “gingivitis,” and it can be reversed with specialized deep cleanings and proper at-home oral hygiene. It’s important to see your dentist for regular checkups so they can monitor your oral health and ensure gingivitis is at bay. 

Patients with more advanced cases of gum disease can never fully eradicate the disease, although it can be maintained with more frequent, deep cleanings. Routine periodontal maintenance cleanings are typically scheduled every 3 months and can halt the progression of the disease, keeping their oral health under control. 

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer screenings are an essential part of preventive care. Oral cancer is often hard to detect until it spreads more widely and becomes more serious. However, your dentist can detect signs early simply by performing an oral exam at your biannual dental appointments. 

Your dentist will examine your mouth, gums, and oral tissues. They will look for discolored patches, lumps, growths, and other such abnormalities. In the rare case that an issue is found, a biopsy can be taken and sent to a specialist for further analysis, or your dentist will refer you to a specialist directly. Consistent dental visits allow your dentist to become familiar with your oral health, which in turn, allows them to more easily notice when there may be something wrong.


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Does Dental Bonding Hurt?

No, dental bonding is a completely painless procedure. Even the mild etching acid is painless and patients don’t require anesthesia. However, anesthesia might be necessary for patients with dental decay. That’s because the dentist must remove decayed portions of the teeth before proceeding with the dental bonding process.

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How Should I Take Care of My Teeth After Dental Bonding?

Proper after care is crucial for the success of your dental bonding. Proper care involves brushing your bonded teeth gently with a soft-bristled brush at least twice daily. You should also avoid biting down on hard foods like raw carrots and nuts for a few weeks after the procedure. Avoid alcohol that could dissolve the bonding material and tobacco that could stain the dental bonding. Lastly, visit your dentists every six months for cleaning and check ups.

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How Soon Can You Eat After Dental Bonding?

You can eat immediately after the dentist releases you after the procedure. There are no dietary restrictions with dental bonding, however, it’s important to avoid hard and crunchy foods that may break or crack the bonding material.

In addition to hard foods, steer clear of pigmented drinks like red wine and coffee for a few days after the procedure. The bonding material has a strong affinity for certain pigments and drinking coffee and red wine could stain your teeth.

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Dental bonding can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned?


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