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Improving your smile with dental bonding

We all want to achieve that brilliantly white million-dollar Hollywood smile- one way to do this is via dental bonding. Whether you wish to improve on your already pearly whites, or if you wish to add some cosmetic brilliance to damaged or broken teeth, dental bonding can provide a wonderful alternative to veneers and will always give you the brilliant smile you deserve. 

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding dental bonding which will hopefully resolve any queries about the procedure and its outcomes: 

What is dental bonding? 

Dental bonding is an intricate procedure in which a composite resin – also known as a form of plastic – is applied to a discoloured, damaged, or decayed tooth. Unlike veneers, dental bonding is applied individually and therefore often has better results in terms of shape and looking natural in the mouth. 

Dental bonding can also be used for merely cosmetic reasons, with normal and healthy teeth being covered in the resin to be given a new lease of life. There are so many different reasons why people have their teeth renewed with dental bonding. 

What happens during the procedure of dental bonding? 

Often using a shade guide, your dentist will firstly pick a shade of white that your new resin teeth will be moulded from. They will try to pick a colour that is both aesthetically pleasing, as well as looking as natural as possible in your mouth. This resin is then shaped and moulded into the correct shape and size for you and is hardened with a UV light. Your dentist will then apply the resin moulds into your mouth, which usually takes between 30 minutes to a full hour to complete.  

There are also many other ways in which you can improve on your pearly whites with dental bonding. 

Are there any risks involved in dental bonding? 

As with almost any dental procedure, there are always risks, both during and after the procedure. However, dental bonding is such a low risk procedure that there should be no worries during or after the bonding, as long as you look after your new resin teeth correctly. 

In order to look after your new teeth, you must avoid food items that are likely to stain your new teeth such as coffee, tea or cigarette smoke. This is especially important for the first 48 hours of having your new teeth, as they are more susceptible to staining during this crucial period. However, Composite Bonding London can provide even stained teeth with a new and refreshed look. 

After the first 48 hours, it must be noted that resin dental bonding is always more at risk of breaking and snapping as it is not as strong as your natural teeth. This means that biting your fingernails, or chewing on pens or any other rough material can damage and chip the material. However, dental bonding is usually quite a long-lasting procedure and can last up to several years before needing to be replaced if your new resin teeth are taken care of properly. 

Always consult a professional when improving your smile with dental bonding.

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