Tooth bonding is an effective, affordable cosmetic procedure that can correct many aesthetic problems. On average, tooth bonding lasts about three to five years. Using a tooth-colored composite resin, the dentist can cover and reshape the tooth and create a beautiful, natural appearance.
Both children and adults can receive tooth bonding. It is a painless process that takes only one appointment.
Problems Tooth Bonding Can Correct
- Misshapen teeth
- Stained and discolored teeth
- White spots on teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
How Dentists Apply Tooth Bonding
First, the dentist cleans the area where the bonding will take place. They apply a safe acid etching solution to roughen the tooth surface enough to bond with the material.
The dentist mixes the correct shade of resin material to blend perfectly with your child's teeth and then applies it to the desired area. They may apply the material in layers, building it up to the point where it matches the contours of the original tooth.
After applying the resin, the dentist hardens it with a special light. The dentist then polishes and shapes the bonded area to ensure it blends with the natural surface. They will also perfect the child's bite so the bonding feels just like the original tooth.
The Durability of Tooth Bonding
The bonding material is durable enough to last, but you will need to instruct your child on how to care for it. Composite resin stains more easily than natural enamel, so children will need help brushing and flossing their teeth. They should avoid staining foods and beverages like soda and iced tea whenever possible.
Limit your child's hard candy intake and instruct them never to use their teeth as tools. Keep them from biting non-food objects like ice or pens to keep their bonded teeth looking natural longer.
Is My Child a Good Candidate for Tooth Bonding?
In most cases, tooth bonding is a helpful procedure that can replace other, more expensive restorative and cosmetic options. However, it is not always the optimum choice for every child.
If a tooth will fall out soon, it is best to wait until this happens before considering bonding. If the damage to your child's tooth is too extensive to be treated with bonding, they may need a crown or filling to restore its function and appearance.
Contact Tender Smiles 4 Kids
Tooth bonding is an affordable alternative to other cosmetic procedures. It can help your child enjoy seeing their smile in the mirror. When you instruct your child to care for their bonded teeth properly, the final product can last for years.
If you feel your child or teen would benefit from tooth bonding, don't hesitate to contact us at one of our convenient New Jersey locations. We can answer your cosmetic dentistry questions and help you understand how bonding can work for your child.