Dental bonding offers a painless and simple way to beautify and strengthen your smile. By spreading a thin layer of resin to the surface of teeth, your smile can go from lacklustre to brilliant in just one appointment. The bonding process fixes damaged teeth, repairs chips, banishes discolourations and fixes cracks. Bonding can also enhance the shape, colour, and size of your teeth for a more harmonious look. The end result is a healthy, natural smile with no sign of damage or stains. If you have relatively healthy teeth, bonding might be all you need to enhance your smile!
Who can benefit from dental bonding?
For minor cosmetic concerns, bonding is an affordable and simple alternative to veneers, crowns, or orthodontics.
Common issues treated by bonding include:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Discoloured teeth that don’t whiten with whitening treatments
- Slight gaps between teeth
- “Short teeth” or worn-down surfaces
- Minor decay
Dental bonding may not be suitable for you if:
- Your bite is misaligned and needs adjustment (for example, from an overbite.
- There is inadequate material remaining in your natural tooth to build up from.
The costs involved in dental bonding
When deciding on dental treatment, the cost is often a major consideration. Luckily, dental bonding is a very cost-effective option compared to dental implants, veneers and crowns. In fact, veneers usually cost twice to three times as much as bonding.
Dental bonding procedure
The dentist prepares the tooth for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin blends with your tooth’s colour. The dentist applies and sculpts the resin into the desired shape by the dentist. After hardening the resin with a curing light, the dentist trims, smoothes, and polishes it to a natural appearance. It usually takes about an hour to complete the procedure for one tooth. If you’re having more than one tooth bonded, you may need to schedule several visits.
Caring for Your Bonded Teeth
After your bonding treatment, it’s important to take excellent care of your newly restored teeth. Be sure to brush, floss, and attend regular dental visits. Also, avoid chewing on hard foods or objects that may chip the bonding material.
Bear in mind that the composite material can stain more easily than the natural tooth. To prevent staining, it’s best to keep a close eye on your intake of substances such as tea, red wine and coffee. If you’re a frequent consumer of these beverages, you may wish to consider other treatment options to prevent uneven discolouration.
The longevity of this dental solution depends on your oral hygiene habits, the extensiveness of the repairs, and the type of material used. Generally, you can expect your bonding treatment to last anywhere from three to seven years. Dr Serfontein can make any necessary touch-ups or repairs during a routine office visit.
Why opt for dental bonding?
Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dentistry. Unlike crowns and veneers, bonding usually can be done in one office visit unless several teeth are bonded. Another advantage is that the dentist removes very little tooth enamel . Also, unless dental bonding is done to fill a cavity, you usually do not need anaesthesia.
Consultation for dental bonding
Serving the Cape Town area and overseas for many years, Dr JJ Serfontein is an experienced cosmetic dentist dedicated to providing top-notch care. During your initial visit, Dr Serfontein will answer all your questions and perform a dental evaluation to decide on the best treatment option together.
Check out the incredible results we got from bonding this US patient’s teeth!