In dentistry, “bonding” is used to permanently adhere dental instruments or fixtures to your teeth through the use of adhesives and a curing light. Whether or not you are aware of it, it is likely that you have received bonding at some point in your life. There are two basic types of bonding: direct composite bonding, and adhesive bonding. This article will discus direct bonding.
Direct bonding is the process where composite is adhered to a tooth. Composite is a mixture of materials which is designed to match the color of your teeth. Composites are used in order to repair damage to teeth, to fill cavities, to fill the gaps between teeth, and to repair worn-out corners. The materials are bonded directly to the tooth without any other adhesives, which is why it is referred to as direct bonding.
Since the process requires the material to be adhered directly to the teeth in a very precise manner, the procedure is typically completed during a single visit to your dentist. In some cases, if the needs of the patient are much more severe, it could take several visits. Unlike some of the other options, however, there is generally no need to use a temporary fix before undergoing the direct bonding procedure.
In addition to being used as a filler, the composites can be used as a sculpting material that can be applied to the entire tooth. In other words, the composite can be used as a veneer. Dentists generally refer to them as direct composite veneers, but they are more widely referred to simply as bonding. People who have badly shaped, cracked, chipped, gaped, or colored teeth can take advantage of direct bonding in order to improve the appearance of their teeth.
The advantage of direct bonding over traditional veneers is the fact that there is no need to wear temporaries or take a mold of the teeth. On the other hand, the appearance of the final produce will depend on the artistic abilities of the dentist who bonds them. Some dentists will use an impression of the patient’s teeth in order to get better results.