What is the dental bonding material made of?
The dental bonding material is a composite resin (plastic) that hardens and fuses to the tooth when your dentist shines a special light on it. Once in place, the bonding material is shaped to correct the specific problem at hand, colored to match your natural teeth, and polished until it’s smooth.
What is the dental bonding process?
Step One: your dentist applies an etching solution to the tooth or teeth that will be receiving the bonding material; this gently roughens the surface of the tooth for a stronger bond between the tooth and the plastic.
Step Two: your dentist places a thin layer of the bonding resin on the surface of your tooth and seals it in place using a special light. Several layers of resin may be added and hardened in turn. Each layer takes only a few minutes to harden.
Step Three: your dentist sculpts the bonding material to the desired shape and colors it to match the shade of your natural teeth. Finally, the bonding material is polished until it is entirely smooth.
The dental bonding procedure takes one to two hours. Its results last about ten years.
What are the different kinds of dental bonding available?
There are two main kinds of dental bonding:
- Simple fillings like the ones described above that can be done in a single appointment
- Complex fillings that require at least two appointments and the placement of a temporary filling while the custom-shaped and -colored filling is made in a lab.
Although they take longer, custom-made porcelain fillings are more natural-looking, stain-resistant and durable than ordinary bonded fillings.
Will people be able to tell I’ve had dental bonding done?
Bonded teeth look and function just like your natural teeth. The dental bonding material can be colored as well as molded, so it is often possible to match the shade of your teeth. When bonding is performed by an experienced dentist, people will not be able to tell that you’ve had cosmetic work done on your teeth- other than seeing how good your smile looks!