What to Know About Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding or composite veneers are a popular, transformative cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help repair teeth and improve appearance. There are many factors that would determine whether you’d be an ideal candidate for the procedure and your dentist can help advise you on this. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about cosmetic bonding:

What Issues Can Cosmetic Bonding Address?

  • Covering superficial chips and cracks

  • Hiding discoloration or staining

  • Adding thickness to a tooth that is set back from others

  • Closing small gaps between teeth

  • Adding height to a tooth that is shorter than the rest

What Material is Bonded to the Teeth?

Cosmetic bonding is performed using composite resin, which can be molded by hand to suit your specific dental needs. It is designed to closely match the color of your natural teeth so that it is virtually impossible to tell which teeth have been treated. Once applied, it is then hardened using a special blue light. Your dentist can then shape and polish them so that they are smooth and shiny.

Do my Teeth Have to be Prepared?

There is little preparation required for cosmetic bonding. Firstly, your dentist will use a special tool to roughen the surface of the tooth. This creates a surface that is easier for the composite resin to adhere to. 


Do I Need to Have an Anesthetic?

In some cases, anesthesia is not required for cosmetic bonding, this depends on the amount of preparation required. 


Is There Any Downtime After a Cosmetic Bonding Procedure?

There’s no downtime necessary after cosmetic bonding, and you’ll be able to get back to your usual activities right away. If you have had an anesthetic, you’ll be told to avoid hot foods and drinks until the numbness has worn off so that you don’t accidentally burn your mouth or throat. 


Do Teeth That Have Been Bonded Require Any Special Care?

Taking proper care of bonded teeth will help to keep the bonding in good condition and your teeth looking healthy and attractive. You will be advised to:


  • continue to brush your teeth at least twice every day

  • floss daily

  • avoid eating hard foods and candies which could potentially chip the resin

  • avoid biting your nails

  • give up smoking, since nicotine will stain your teeth

  • schedule regular professional cleanings with your dentist


Even after following all of your Dentist’s instructions, your bonding may require maintenance and touch-ups over time. If you would like more information about cosmetic bonding, or to schedule an appointment to see if you are a good candidate for this cosmetic dentistry procedure, please contact our knowledgeable dental team. 

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