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Tooth bonding is one of the least invasive types of treatments available today. Because the bonding material is a flexible material that can be molded and shaped to your specifications, very little natural enamel has to be removed. Our patients appreciate bonding because it is a simple, one-visit solution that doesn’t require a lot of time or expense. If you are interested in tooth bonding in Alberta, Southcentre Dental Clinic can help. A new patient consultation is the perfect way to learn more about this easy smile enhancement solution.

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Understanding the Tooth Bonding Process

Because dental tooth bonding is safe, easy, affordable and painless, it is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Bonding is a versatile fix that can address a wide range of minor teeth issues like cracks, chips, gaps, spacing and discolouration.

Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-coloured resin is applied, shaped to match your existing teeth and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth.

Bonding: Cosmetic Solutions for Your Smile

If you have cosmetic concerns about the appearance of your teeth, then bonding might be the right treatment to improve these issues quickly and effectively. Bonding can be used to correct teeth that are:

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Chipped

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Decayed

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Broken

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Stained

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Cracked

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Gapped

In addition to dental restorations and repair, bonding can also be used as a cosmetic treatment to upgrade your smile. For example, composite resin can make teeth look longer, change the shape of the teeth, or close spaces between teeth. Bonding is also used to protect weakened areas of the tooth, such as filling cavities or protecting the tooth root when it has been exposed due to gum recession.

Repairing these cosmetic issues can have a profound effect on your confidence and self-esteem. If you are looking for an affordable, effective way to boost your self-esteem, then talk to our team at Southcentre Dental about your options for bonding and other cosmetic services. We will complete a thorough exam and help you identify if bonding is the right treatment for your needs.

In addition to dental restorations and repair, bonding can also be used as a cosmetic treatment to upgrade your smile. For example, composite resin can make teeth look longer, change the shape of the teeth, or close spaces between teeth. Bonding is also used to protect weakened areas of the tooth, such as filling cavities or protecting the tooth root when it has been exposed due to gum recession.

Repairing these cosmetic issues can have a profound effect on your confidence and self-esteem. If you are looking for an affordable, effective way to boost your self-esteem, then talk to our team at Southcentre Dental about your options for bonding and other cosmetic services. We will complete a thorough exam and help you identify if bonding is the right treatment for your needs.

What to Expect During Your Treatment?

The bonding treatment is minimally invasive and can be completed in one visit. Many times, bonding can be done without local anesthetic. But the dentist might recommend local numbing if decay or an old restoration needs to be removed.

Not much preparation is needed for the bonding treatment. First, a conditioning gel is applied to the tooth to roughen up the surface so the bonding material can adhere. Then, the composite resin is applied and shaped to create the desired appearance of the tooth. An ultraviolet light is used to cure the resin. Finally, the finishing touches are added as the dentist shapes and polishes the tooth to match the rest of your smile.

When the composite resin is selected, a shade guide will be used to select the color that best matches the natural color of your teeth. This process ensures that the bonding restoration blends in well with the rest of your teeth, so you won’t notice a difference between the dental treatment and the original portions of the teeth.

Most bonding appointments require 30 to 60 minutes in the dental chair. Talk to your dentist about the work that needs to be done to determine the anticipated length of time for your treatment.

Benefits of Dental Bonding

  • – Tooth bonding can be applied in a single office visit without the use of anesthesia, unlike some other tooth-repair procedures. However, it’s important to note that dental bonding is not as durable as the porcelain used in other treatments such as veneers or crowns.
  • – The longevity of your tooth bonding depends largely on the extent of bonding, the location of the teeth that have been bonded, and your dental hygiene. Bonding may last between three and 10 years before it needs to be touched up or replaced.
  • – Because dental bonding material can chip and crack, you should avoid bad oral habits such as pen chewing, ice chewing and nail biting. For the most part, you bonded teeth will not require any additional special care aside from good dental hygiene practices.
  • – Bonding is an affordable treatment compared to other expensive cosmetic dental services. The low cost makes this treatment desirable for families with a tight budget.
  • – Only a small amount of tooth removal is required for dental bonding, making it a minimally-invasive treatment. Often, patients have multiple teeth bonded in the same visit.
  • – Minimal downtime is required after a bonding treatment. If you don’t use a local anesthetic, then you can return to your regular schedule without taking time away from work.

While bonding offers many benefits, it is important to talk to our dental team about your full range of options. For example, if you are looking for better durability and materials that resist staining, then veneers or crowns might be preferred. These materials are more durable and resistant to breaking, which means that they usually last longer.

What are the Risks of Teeth Bonding?

This minimally-invasive treatment doesn’t have any major risks. When the dental work is completed on the surface of the teeth, you don’t have to worry about the way the treatment will impact the root or overall structure of each tooth.

A few risks could come up after the treatment is finished. For example, the composite resin isn’t as strong as your natural teeth, which means that it could chip or crack. The material can also separate from the tooth under certain circumstances. As mentioned above, avoid biting your fingernails or biting down on hard candy, pens, and other hard objects.

If you accidentally break or chip the bonding material, then it is important to visit your dentist right away. You might feel rough or sharp edges that need to be fixed. Additionally, the structure of the tooth could be weakened, which is why you shouldn’t delay a conversation with our dental team.

Caring for Your Bonded Teeth

The success of your dental bonding treatment will depend on your ongoing care. Teeth with dental bonding should be treated in the same way as your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing are important home care habits that will prevent damage, decay, and other dental issues.

Not only do healthy dental habits protect your restorations, but these habits help to reduce the likelihood that you will need more dental work in the future. The small, daily practices can have a big impact on your future dental health.

Also, keep in mind that the composite resin can stain over time. You can minimize the staining by avoiding foods such as coffee, soda, and red wine. Crunchy, hard, or chewy foods can weaken the bonding and increase the risk of damage. If your bonding is located on the front teeth, then avoid a direct bite into something that could have an impact on the structure and strength of the bond. The risk of staining also increases with the use of tobacco. 

There’s no question that your eating and chewing habits can impact how long your dental restorations will last. Minimizing your use of tobacco and foods that stain your teeth is the most effective thing you can do to improve the long-term results of your dental bonding treatment.

Dental Bonding FAQ

Is tooth bonding a conservative cosmetic option?

Tooth bonding is one of the least invasive types of treatments available today. Because the bonding material is a flexible material that can be molded and shaped to your specifications, very little natural enamel has to be removed. Our patients appreciate bonding because it is a simple, one-visit solution that doesn’t require a lot of time or expense. If you are interested in tooth bonding in Alberta, Southcentre Dental Clinic can help. A new patient consultation is the perfect way to learn more about this easy smile enhancement solution.

What material is used to bond teeth?

Teeth bonding material is a safe, dental material similar to dental ceramic. Bonding resin is applied in a putty-like form and is designed to become extremely strong and durable when treated with a special hardening light.

Am I a good teeth bonding candidate?

If you have minor cosmetic issues that are affecting one or more teeth, you may benefit from tooth bonding. Problems like tooth chips, gaps or discoloration can be remedied with this simple, process.

How long does the process take?

Teeth bonding can be done in only one visit, but multiple teeth may require a second appointment. Compared to other cosmetic smile procedures like veneers, fillings and crowns, dental bonding works well for patients who want immediate results.

How long do the results last?

Results will vary, depending on the unique tooth characteristics of each bonding patient.

How long do the results last?

Results will vary, depending on the unique tooth characteristics of each bonding patient.

Is tooth bonding an affordable procedure?

We understand how challenging it can be to fit so many things into your budget. The cost to correct a smile with dental bonding varies on the situation. If it is possible to correct your concern with only bonding and not the option of veneers the fee range is approximately $330 – $450. This is certainly less than veneers however bonding does not always provide the result you may be looking for. For this reason we recommend a consultation with Dr. Silver to assess if you are a candidate for bonding.

To learn more about dental bonding or other smile makeover treatments, submit your question online.

At Southcentre Dental, we are here to answer your questions and help with the information you need about available services.

Is Bonding the Right Choice to Improve Your Smile?

If you want to fix minor cosmetic issues, such as discolored or chipped teeth, then dental bonding is a great option to consider. This treatment can be used to recontour your teeth to create a beautiful, natural appearance.

One of the benefits of choosing our team at Southcentre Dental is that we provide a custom, personalized experience for every patient. We will evaluate your dental health and smile goals. Then, our experienced team can offer recommendations that will improve your smile and boost your confidence simultaneously. We want to help you create a smile that you love!

Learn more about dental bonding and other cosmetic dental procedures. Dr. Silver and our friendly Calgary, Alberta, staff offers new patient consultations so you can get to know us before you make a decision about teeth bonding treatment. Please call or e-mail us today.

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