Aesthetic bonding is a cosmetic procedure primarily used to repair damaged teeth. Also known as cosmetic bonding, this treatment is completely non-invasive. This is a cosmetic solution for teeth that don’t require extensive preparation, and which need correction in both form and color.
It is an easy, fast, and affordable option when on the journey to repair your smile. This treatment option will restore cracked, chipped, decayed, and damaged teeth. An attractive advantage to selecting aesthetic teeth bonding is that it can be completed in one visit, unlike veneers or crowns which require additional visits and are custom-made prior to fitment. Additionally, cosmetic teeth bonding can achieve very natural-looking results.
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First, a digital impression and a series of smiling photos are taken. These are used to digitally create the ideal shape of the teeth that need bonding. This design is then printed on a 3D printer and silicone indexes (or guides) are made to copy the design into the mouth. Then, a shade is selected to match the composite materials to your teeth. The bonding is then completed tooth by tooth while you are sitting in the dentist’s chair.
Cosmetic teeth bonding lasts between 5 – 10 years. Aesthetic teeth bonding longevity is largely based on the level of care taken post-procedure. If you are hoping to whiten your teeth, this is something that must be done before any cosmetic tooth bonding can take place. The materials used for bonding do not react to whitening the same way that teeth do. It is necessary to get your teeth to the desired colouring, so we can match the aesthetic bonding to your natural smile.
Your freshly bonded teeth are not stain resistant which means you must endeavour to care for them as best as possible. Try to avoid foods that stain and other products, like tobacco, which also causes discolouration. When leaving the dentist you should avoid chewy foods like sticky sweets, nuts, and other such foods that can cause your cosmetic bonding to chip. We also strongly urge patients not to use their teeth to tear and bite objects that are not food, avoid using your teeth as tools!
We suggest sticking to your usual dental care routine of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily. Rather opt for a soft brush and apply minimal pressure when brushing, while using toothpaste designed for use with aesthetic bonding. An electric toothbrush is an even better option when caring for your newly bonded teeth. Ask your dentist for a comprehensive guide to caring for your new smile before leaving our clinic, to avoid any unnecessary visits back to the dentist’s chair.
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