Young children can easily chip or crack their teeth while playing sports or childhood games. Repairing the tooth helps to restore its natural strength, as well as the overall size and shape so your child’s smile will look as good as new. Dental bonding or teeth bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that is a good alternative to using veneers, and it can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped or cracked, or even teeth that are slightly misaligned or discolored.
The process can often be completed by our pediatric dentist during a single visit, and can significantly improve the look of your child’s teeth. Composite resin is used to repair the teeth, a material that is a combination of a special glass and plastic or resin. This is the same material used to invisibly fill cavities in teeth. There are lots of different shades, so our dentist will be able to pick a color that closely matches your child’s natural tooth color.
Composite resin is an extremely good material for repairing teeth. This is because it is able to bond very strongly with the natural tooth, adding strength to the tooth and creating a restoration that works in harmony with your child’s teeth. There is very little preparation required, so the maximum amount of tooth structure can be retained.
What Is the Procedure for Tooth Bonding?
First, our dentist will need to prepare the surface of the tooth to be bonded. This is done by applying a special liquid that likely etches the tooth surface. The liquid is rinsed off and the tooth dried before a bonding liquid is applied. Next, our dentist will begin to apply the composite resin in small increments, using a special light to harden the resin at regular intervals. Once the composite resin is fully set it can be shaped and smoothed, and finally polished to give a natural appearance.
Looking After Teeth That Have Been Bonded
The composite resin material used to bond teeth isn’t as strong as natural tooth enamel, and it’s more at risk of chipping or breaking away from the natural tooth, and it will eventually become stained. Tooth bonding typically lasts several years before it needs renewing or repairing. It’s a great way of preparing children’s teeth as treatment is cost-effective and the bonding material can be removed and replaced as children’s teeth continue to grow.