Cosmetic bonding protects and restores the appearance of a tooth that has been chipped, cracked or fractured. The bonding seals the damaged area before tooth decay can affect the pulp of the tooth. In some ways the procedure is very similar to getting a filling.
The cosmetic bond is made from a resin material that is perfectly color matched to the natural enamel of the tooth and the surrounding teeth in your smile.
During the initial procedure, the resin was hardened using ultraviolet light. However, the color matching can still be slightly influenced by dark beverages, staining foods and tobacco use for the next 36 to 48 hours. So it’s a good idea to stay from these foods and activities during that time.
Even though the bonding resin is not subject to tooth decay, you will still need to brush and floss the tooth to prevent decay in the surrounding enamel and prevent gum disease.
You should also keep in mind that the resin of the bonding material does not stain the same way that natural enamel does. So if you do use tobacco on a regular basis, or enjoy foods and drinks that are prone to causing staining, you may want to ask your dentist about tooth whitening options.
If you have questions about cosmetic bonding or how to maintain a bonded tooth, please feel free to give us a call at 484-704-7675. We look forward to seeing you!