Bonding and Shaping

Bonding and shaping are meant to restore and repair delayed fractured or discoloured teeth. Cosmetic bonding differs from veneers that are manufactured in a laboratory and require a customised mould to achieve a proper fit.

One of the main advantages of this procedure is that is can be done in a single visit. Another advantage is that bonding is shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. This cosmetic treatment is among the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures.

How does it work?

A guide is used to select the right colour composite resin to match the rest of your teeth. Once the correct colour is chosen, some abrasion will be done to the surface of the tooth in preparation for the bonding material. The resin is then applied to the surface of the tooth, moulded and smoothed until it is the right shape, after that it is hardened with a UV laser light. Trimming and shaping are done and then the tooth is polished to finish the treatment.

This procedure will generally take up to an hour to complete. However, if you need bonding on several teeth, you may need to schedule more appointments to have the bonding completed. Bonding is also used as an alternative option for amalgam fillings or to protect a tooth’s root that has been exposed as a result of receded gums.

Post-treatment tips

Tea and coffee drinkers along with regular smokers all risk staining the resin material very quickly. If you are a regular smoker or tea and coffee drinker, we advise that you avoid these drinks and substances along with other potentially staining foods for the first 48 hours after your procedure. Going forward, you will have to continue brushing your teeth often and have them deep cleaned regularly.

For more information, contact our practice to find out about what options you have and book an appointment. Dr Maguire is a highly skilled dentist and has plenty of experience, so he can give you advice and direction to fit your individual needs.