Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a procedure done by a cosmetic dentist using composite materials, such as dental composite or acrylic resin, to restore damaged or discoloured teeth, correct misshaped or crooked teeth, and to fill minor gaps in teeth.
Who needs Cosmetic Bonding?
Anyone who needs dental treatment to restore chipped or cracked teeth, to whiten discolored teeth, to give teeth a more natural form, or to improve the aesthetic look of their teeth will need cosmetic bonding as part of their treatment.
Are there different types of Cosmetic Bonding?
There are a range of cosmetic dental bonding options, such as for minor corrections to reinforce and enhance existing teeth, or more major restorations, such as custom-made porcelain fillings or veneers. Cosmetic bonding is not only used for reshaping teeth and smile makeovers, but also for replacing metal and amalgam fillings and for filling cavities from dental decay. CEREC Technology for mapping, design and fabricating substitute teeth or restorations for teeth, greatly broadens the options for cosmetic bonding use.
How do I know if I need Cosmetic Bonding?
Once our resident dentist has examined your teeth and provided you with a diagnosis, the treatment recommended may include cosmetic bonding. If any of your teeth are damaged, stained or have gaps, contact our resident dentist for a dental health check-up to see what treatments you need.
What is involved in the Cosmetic Bonding procedure?
Depending on the type of dental bonding treatment, you may or may not need local anaesthetic for pain-free treatment. If you have anxiety about dental procedures, our resident dentist can discuss sedation options with you prior to dental or cosmetic bonding treatment.
Initially, our resident dentist will clean your teeth to prepare them for cosmetic bonding. The colour of your teeth will be evaluated to ensure the right shade of composite resin is selected for shaping to your natural tooth. The outer surface of the tooth is prepared with an acidic type gel as an etching technique for the composite to adhere properly to the tooth. Sometimes a laser-like light is used to help the layers of composite resin set and harden faster.
The bonded dental composite resin is then moulded and polished to suit the natural shape and shade of your teeth. The type of bonding required will dictate the kind and amount of dental composite material used. Our resident dentist will explain all of this to you and how cosmetic bonding can enhance your natural beauty so that you feel good about your smile and confident about your look.
Who performs Cosmetic Bonding procedures?
Not only is training in cosmetic bonding required, whether for general dentists or cosmetic dentists, but a level of artistic skill is also needed to ensure that the tooth shade and shape is the right match for the patient’s teeth. Seeing a cosmetic dentist with the appropriate training is advised.
Are there risks to Cosmetic Bonding, such as discomfort?
Cosmetic bonding cannot be used for large dental cavities because composite resin is weaker over broader areas and not as strong as porcelain used in alternate dental procedures. Dental composite can cause discolouration of nearby teeth, depending on how it is prepared, fitted and the material’s durability rate. Our resident dentist can discuss any concerns that you may have, and also provide you with options for treatment.
What are the benefits of Cosmetic Bonding
The benefits of cosmetic bonding far outweigh the risks because of the diverse treatments that use cosmetic bonding, from light fillings, repairing outer tooth surfaces and composite veneers for a more beautiful aesthetic look that allows people to feel increased confidence when they smile.
The composite resin also expands with natural teeth and is less restrictive than silver tooth fillings that can cause teeth to fracture. The color also fits the natural look of your teeth. Not only does composite bonding have advantages for dental health, but also for overall physical and mental wellbeing. Teeth can be filled, shaped, or bonded within one visit that also saves on time and money.
How does Cosmetic Bonding alter your appearance?
The composite or dental resin comes in different shades to match the color of your natural teeth. When teeth are repaired or reshaped, you would not know the difference because the bonding looks just like the natural teeth.
How long does Cosmetic Bonding last?
Dental bonding materials have different life-spans and their durability also depends on the patient’s oral and overall health, post-bonding oral care, and the type of cleansing agents used in the mouth. Lifestyle factors such as smoking can also affect the color of cosmetic bonding materials. Our resident dentist can explain the type of material used for bonding, its durability, and how best to care for your teeth at your dental appointment. Feel free to bring your questions with you.
How much does Cosmetic Bonding cost?
The cost of cosmetic bonding treatment does depend on the overall diagnosis, type of treatment and materials needed, the dental practice pricing structures, and the skill of the dental practitioner. Our resident dentist will explain our costs to you and the payment plans available at your appointment.
How do I care for my cosmetically bonded teeth?
Following recommended oral health guidelines, such as brushing technique and fluoride toothpaste with mouthwash for rinsing is important. So is diet and taking care not to smoke excessively, which can cause tooth staining. Our resident dentist will advise you on what to do to care for your natural teeth that also include cosmetic bonded teeth.