Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is one of the simplest & most versatile restorative treatments that we offer. If your child has a tooth that is slightly chipped, cracked or decayed, we can use a resin to cover or rebuild the damaged areas.

Woman and kid smilingBonding also functions as a cosmetic treatment to fill gaps, reshape teeth & fix discoloration. In some cases, it is used instead of amalgam fillings or even to protect tooth roots.

The material used in bonding is a putty-like plastic composite resin. Once it has been sculpted onto the teeth, it is then hardened. We can easily customize the color of the bonding resin to match the exact color of your child’s tooth enamel for a seamless look.

Our skilled team can help determine if dental bonding is the best way to restore your child’s smile. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a fairly straightforward process compared to other restorative dental treatments. In most cases, bonding procedures can be completed in a single visit. It doesn’t usually require anesthesia & takes about as long as your child’s usual cleaning appointments. The dentist will remove some tooth enamel to roughen the surface where the bonding agent will be placed. After applying a liquid to help the resin stay attached, they will shape the bonding material to be both functional & aesthetically pleasing. Once it is placed & molded, the material is solidified with an ultraviolet light & then polished. The dentist will check to make sure your child can comfortably bite down. If any adjustments are needed, they can smooth down or build up the restoration until your child is satisfied.

Limitations of Bonding

Although bonding is an incredibly useful tool for small-scale repair & cosmetic work, it does have limitations.

Composite resin lacks the durability that veneers & crowns have. If your child has a majorly damaged tooth or needs a longer-lasting solution, bonding may not be the best option. Veneers & crowns are also more resistant to staining.

While bonding can be used for small gaps, it is not a replacement for orthodontic treatment. Crooked teeth & most bite problems can only be resolved by shifting your child’s teeth with braces or other orthodontic appliances.

Caring For Bonded Teeth

Bonded teeth need to be taken care of just like any of your other teeth or with even greater care. The resin can chip, crack & get stained if not treated properly. Bonding is weaker than the original enamel & cannot be whitened. For this reason, your child will need to avoid staining foods & beverages such as fruit juices or tomato sauces for at least 24–48 hours after their procedure. Nail-biters & ice-chewers beware: Bonding will not hold up against these bad habits. Depending on how good your child’s oral hygiene is, the restoration should last between three & ten years before needing a touchup.

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