|Your guide to cosmetic dental bonding Guilderland
Your guide to cosmetic dental bonding
Cosmetic dental bonding is really rather a process, than a treatment. The process is implemented in several cosmetic, as well as non cosmetic dental procedures.
Bonding refers also to the method used to fix on amalgam or resin in a tooth cavity as a filling. Should you require a simple cavity filling, your dentists will bond the filling substance in to the hollow and then shape it as necessary. Cosmetic dentists use the bonding process to fix the tooth-encompassing crowns, as well for the more sophisticated and popular veneers.
However, what is commonly understood as being ‘dental bonding’ today refers to a cosmetic procedure that involves the modeling of composite substances onto offending, discolored or damaged teeth, as an alternative to the more expensive veneers.
Veneers are a nail-thin layer of porcelain or composite substance shaped and fabricated in a dental laboratory from a putty tooth impression taken from the patient. Their production entails about two or three weeks and they are finally fitted on the front of your existing tooth to cover its blemishes.
In the case of the dental bonding procedure, a similar effect is achieved by the handiwork of the dentist himself shaping and molding a composite material and bonding it onto the teeth that need attention. This process can be completed in one clinic visit, unlike the process for the veneer.
By cosmetic bonding misshapen teeth can attain a new shape. Too short teeth can be elongated to match the rest of the teeth and provide a regular appearance. Gaps between teeth can be camouflaged and missing pieces or chips in the teeth can be covered effectively.
The process follows:
Application of diluted acid to the surface of the teeth
This causes the enamel surface of the teeth to become microscopically pitted in appearance
These minute crater-like valleys and hills are filled with a conditioning bonding liquid
A composite filling material is then applied on to the teeth in the required shape
A special light is held on the teeth causing the bonding liquid underneath to automatically harden
Thus the camouflaging material is ‘bonded’ on to the teeth
Your dentists will neaten the product to have it present a uniform appearance in keeping with the rest of your teeth
Cosmetic dental bonding is a convenient half and hour to one hour process, and is generally less expensive than getting veneers or crowns fitted on.