Bonding refers to the application of a composite resin or plastic to repair a tooth or address imperfections. The material used is tooth-colored so it can match the natural teeth’s color; bonding can serve as a solution to discoloration, chips, fractures, or decayed teeth. It can also be used to close gaps between teeth and change the look or shape of a tooth.
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The treatment consists of bonding the composite resin to the tooth, once the tooth has been lightly scraped and an adhesive liquid has been used to coat the tooth. The resin is applied to the tooth and hardened using ultraviolet light. The resin is then shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth.
Bonding can be used as a cosmetic solution to improve the appearance of the teeth or as an alternative aid for other dental procedures. Usually the treatment can be done in one appointment and anesthesia is not necessary, unless it is a more complex procedure.
To prevent staining or chipping, make sure you’re careful about what you eat and drink. Avoid chewing items that can damage your newly-bonded teeth, such as hard candies or ice cubes. In addition, it’s a good idea to get rid of any habits that may damage your bonded teeth, such as biting nails or chewing on pens.
If you’d like to learn more about bonding treatments, contact Fairless Hills Family Smiles in Fairless Hills, PA today!
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