Dental bonding doesn’t require anesthesia. If the tooth or teeth to be bonded have exposed nerves or roots, some local anesthetic can be used to prevent discomfort. During dental bonding, your dentist will apply a tooth-colored composite resin to your teeth. It’s a very durable, tough material made of plastic that hardens in place. First, the dentist will apply a mild solution of phosphoric acid to the teeth to be bonded. This process is painless and helps roughen the surface of the tooth to make the bond adhere tightly.
Your dentist will tint the resin to match your own natural tooth color, so they blend in perfectly. Next, the composite resin is placed onto your teeth. At this stage of the process, the resin is pliable, just like putty. Your dentist sculpts and shapes the composite until it’s a perfect match for a natural tooth. Finally, the composite resin is hardened by curing it with a special blue light or laser. That’s it!
Dental bonding is a fast process, taking from thirty minutes to an hour per tooth. You can have teeth done on your schedule; you don’t have to have every tooth you want to be bonded done in a single visit. It’s minimally invasive, causes little to no discomfort and is less expensive than crowns and veneers.
Don’t smoke or drink dark beverages during the first 24 to 48 hours after bonding. The bonding will stain if exposed to cigarette smoke, tea, coffee, or red wine. Any darkly pigmented food or beverage causes staining right after having the bonding done.
Avoid biting your nails, chewing ice, hard candies and the like. Bonding lasts up to ten years.