Bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, or misarranged.
How does it work?
The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip, or break than natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before the need for repair.
What to expect when your child has front teeth restored:
- Any crooked, misaligned, and rotated teeth position cannot be corrected with the restoration.
- Any jaw discrepancies resulting from habits such as thumb sucking, pacifier use, and crossbites cannot be corrected with restoration.
- The restoration will only mimic the natural tooth in size, shape, and color as best as possible. It will not have the durability or hardness of your natural tooth.
- Habits such as nail-biting, chewing toys ink pens, etc. should be avoided. Avoid biting into hard candy, nuts, and hard bread. Certain foods such as corn on the cob, carrots, and apples can also put added stress on the restoration and could result in a fracture. Cut food into smaller portions in order to avoid chipping
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