Teeth Bonding: What You Need to Know
Dental Bonding Melbourne CBD
Dental bonding is a special procedure that restores, reshapes and rejuvenates teeth, improving both their function and appearance.
Your Melbourne CBD dentist applies a thin layer of tooth-coloured plastic to the front surfaces of the tooth and shapes it to perfect the patient’s appearance, making it a personalised experience for your individual smile.
Dental bonding repairs chipped, cracked, broken, misshapen teeth or stained teeth and/or fills in the spaces between teeth, giving your teeth a more symmetrical look.
Why is Dental Bonding Done?
Dental bonding is an option that can be considered:
- To repair decayed teeth
- To repair chipped or cracked teeth
- To improve the appearance of discoloured teeth
- To close spaces between teeth
- To make teeth appear longer
- To change the shape of teeth
- To cover a part of the tooth root that has been exposed when gums recede
- As a cosmetic alternative to silver amalgam fillings
Dental Bonding Material Used
The dental bonding material is made of composite resin that hardens and fuses to the tooth when your Melbourne CBD dentist shines a special curing light on it.
Once placed, the bonding material is shaped to correct the specific defect, coloured to match your natural tooth and polished until it is smooth.
It is done to look like your natural tooth.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
Before the bonding process: Dental bonding doesn’t require much advanced planning. Also, anaesthesia is often not needed unless bonding is used to fill a decayed tooth.
The bonding process: Your Melbourne CBD dentist will use a shade guide to select a composite resin — a durable plastic material — that matches the colour of your tooth. The surfaces of the tooth are roughened, then a conditioning liquid is applied.
These steps help the bonding material stick to the tooth. The tooth-coloured resin material is applied, moulded, and smoothed to the ideal shape on the tooth.
The resin is then hardened with a special light. Your Melbourne CBD dentist will trim, shape, and polish the bonded material to match the gloss of the rest of the teeth.
How long it takes to complete: The procedure takes about 30-60 minutes for each tooth to complete.
How to Care for Bonded Teeth
Caring for your teeth helps extend the life of a bonded tooth. Care tips include:
- brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once daily
- avoiding hard food and candy
- not biting your nails or any hard objects
- avoiding drinking coffee, tea, and tobacco for the first two days after the procedure
- scheduling regular dental cleans every six months
See your Melbourne CBD dentist if you chip or break the bonding material or if you feel any sharp or rough edges after the procedure.
Dental Bonding in Melbourne CBD
If you would like to know more about dental bonding, please call us today to schedule a consultation with Art De Dente. Our dental practice serves patients from Melbourne CBD and the surrounding areas.
We are located at Level 17, 190 Queen Street in Melbourne CBD.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is dental bonding?
How is dental bonding done?
How long does dental bonding material last?
How long the bonding material last depends on how much bonding was done and your oral habits. Typically, however, bonding material lasts from 3 to 10 years before needing to be touched up or replaced.