Cosmetic bonding is the process of applying a tooth-coloured and durable plastic resin material to the teeth. Light is then used to harden the material, which effectively “bonds” the material to the tooth.
Cosmetic dental bonding is a simple and painless procedure that requires little preparation. However, your Willow Dental dentist may choose to use anaesthesia in the event that bonding is used to fill a decaying tooth, or if a drill is needed to change the shape of the tooth. Anaesthesia may also be necessary if the chip is located near a nerve. The entire procedure is completed anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes per tooth and sometimes in even less time.
In short, the bonding process is as follows: the surface of the tooth is roughened and a conditioning liquid is applied, which serves to allow the bonding material stick to the tooth. Then, the resin is applied and smoothed. A bright laser (typically blue) is then applied to the material, which will harden it. Lastly, the bonded material will be trimmed and polished to resemble your teeth.