How Your Dentist Can Use Tooth Bonding For Enamel Loss

Tooth enamel is the outer white to off-white layer around your teeth and acts as a substance to help protect your teeth against erosion and damage. Although it’s a tough substance, it can still become damaged when exposed to acidic drinks and foods. 

When your teeth enamel wears away, it can cause your teeth to become sensitive or discoloured. Whilst it is possible to naturally harden the enamel on your teeth through calcium, the help of your dentist can also effectively restore the strength of your teeth. In particular with tooth bonding for enamel loss. 

What is tooth bonding?

Tooth bonding, more commonly known as composite bonding, is the process of applying dental composite or composite resin to your teeth which can help to restore their appearance and make them more aesthetically pleasing. Common reasons why patients opt for the treatment is because they feel their natural teeth are slightly crooked, mis-shaped or chipped.

How your dentist can help with tooth bonding for enamel loss

Tooth bonding can help with acute and advanced issues to do with enamel loss. The composite resin is applied to your teeth to help protect the weakened area.

How your dentist applies tooth bonding for enamel loss is relatively simple. The first step is preparing your teeth for the treatment by etching the surfaces of your teeth. A conditional liquid is then painted on your teeth to help the resin bond with the enamel on your teeth. 

The putty-like resin is then the next step to apply to the teeth. It can be easily moulded into the shape that’s required before a special ultraviolet light is used to harden and set the resin. 

Are there any pros and cons to tooth bonding? 

As with every treatment, there can be pros and cons to each of them depending on your wants, needs and expectations of the treatment.

Pros

– You don’t need to be treated under anaesthetic

– The majority of tooth enamel is maintained compared to other procedures

– The treatment can be completed normally within one visit

– It can be an easy and inexpensive treatment compared to other treatments

Cons

– Unlike treatments such as veneers and crowns, bonding materials are considered less durable

– The materials can be prone to chipping

– Bonded areas are less stain resistant compared to crowns

Maintaining the quality of your bonded teeth

When you have your treatment with us, we’ll provide guidance on the best way to maintain the results of tooth bonding for enamel loss. General care will involve brushing twice a day, flossing every night and using antiseptic mouthwash.

Habits to avoid can include biting on hard foods or using teeth to open bottles, for example. Feel free to ask all the questions you have about composite bonding at your consultation, contact us today!


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