Dental bonding is a treatment that holds both restorative and cosmetic properties. Composite resin, which is the same dental material used in tooth-colored fillings, is bonded to the tooth enamel to rebuild a tooth or transform the appearance of a tooth.
This procedure is often combined with tooth contouring which is the process of filing down the tooth enamel to remove jagged edges or change the shape and size of the teeth.
Bonding is used to repair damaged teeth, cover up cosmetic imperfections, and rebuild tooth structure. This is a minimally invasive procedure that typically doesn’t require any drilling or anesthetic. Contact us at Campfire Pediatric Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.
Bonding can make teeth appear larger or longer.
Your pediatric dentist in Middleton will examine your child’s teeth and take x-rays to determine if the damage or cosmetic issues can be addressed with dental bonding.
First, we will match the shade of the composite resin to your child’s natural teeth so that the bonded teeth blend in with the rest of your teeth.
Then, the tooth is etched by roughening the tooth and applying a conditioning liquid that will help the adhesive stick. Composite resin will be applied to the tooth in layers and molded to the desired shape.
The layers of composite resin are cured through exposure to UV light. This causes the resin to harden instantly.
After the resin has been applied and cured, additional shaping and contouring can be performed to change the shape of the tooth.
Having a chipped or cracked tooth is a common dental emergency among children due to sports injuries, dental trauma, and accidentally damaging a tooth from biting down onto something too hard or grinding their teeth.
Thankfully, as long as the damage isn’t severe and the tooth isn’t broken, dental bonding can repair the tooth by filling in the missing portions of the tooth with composite resin. It can also be used to repair cavities.
Maybe your child doesn’t have a damaged tooth but they’re unhappy with its appearance. Bonding is a simple child-friendly solution to teeth that are discolored, misaligned, oddly shaped, or have gaps. Bonding will cover up all of these issues by bonding tooth-colored composite resin over the teeth, creating the aesthetic that they want.
If your child has severe tooth stains, bonding can cover this up with tooth-colored resin that will create the appearance of whitened teeth.
Dental bonding has a lifespan that ranges from 3 to 10 years. Ultimately, the lifespan of bonded teeth varies from person to person depending on their oral hygiene, lifestyle, and the location of the bonding.
When dental bonding is placed on the front teeth, this lasts much longer than on the back teeth, where chewing forces will quickly wear away at the bonding. If patients suffer from teeth grinding, they should wear a mouthguard to prevent damaging their bonded teeth.
Your child should avoid using their teeth as tools and chewing on hard or sticky foods. By limiting wear and tear, sources of staining, and practicing good oral hygiene, your child’s bonding will last a lot longer. Make sure they brush and floss every day and attend regular dental cleanings every 6 months.
Dental bonding is a child-friendly alternative to veneers.
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