HOW DOES BONDING WORK?
Composite resin, a plastic material is applied to etched enamel to make the teeth wider in areas where gaps exist.Bonding may also be used to close a space temporarily,for example crowns are made or during orthodontic treatment.The procedure can be performed without an anesthetic in one office visit.
DON'T STOP WITH THE GAP!
If you are closing gaps with bonding,also consider taking care of any other visible defects such as rotated or broken teeth at the same time.If some of your teeth are too dark,bonding can be used to lighten them while also closing any gaps.
BOND ONLY HEALTHY TEETH
Gum disease or bone loss must be treated before bonding takes place.The only exception to this rule is when your dentist believes that the loose teeth need to be splinted together.
SMALL TEETH CAN CAUSE BIG GAPS
Bonding may be the ideal solution when the gaps are caused by small teeth.However,treatment may require bonding more teeth than the ones actually affected to keep them in proportion.otherwise tooth may appear too bulky.This effect can be minimized if teeth are lengthened slightly and the edges are not perfectly even.
IS BONDING RIGHT FOR ME?
Bonding has proved to be highly effective treatment for closing spaces between the teeth.Bonding may be best option if you:
1.Want immediate results.
2.Desire a less expensive and less invasive option than veneers or crowns.
3.Have other problems that could be solved by bonding.
4. Prefer a procedure that is reversible.
BONDED TEETH REQUIRE CARE
Bonding can be used successfully on both upper and lower teeth.However,bonded teeth are more likely to chip,crack, and stain than are natural teeth,particularly the lower front teeth,which are more susceptible to forces from chewing.This also means that some repairs to the bonding are considered normal maintenance during its life expectancy.If you have bonded teeth,a professional cleaning three to four times a year is must.Even then ,the bonding may need to be replaced or repaired in 5 to 8 years.