Have You Heard Of Tooth Bonding Before?

With Christmas just a few short days away, no doubt there have been countless of you out there keen to have that Hollywood smile ready for all those festive photographs that abound at this time of year. People do really get flash happy at Christmas and new year so it’s hardly a surprise that we’ve been inundated with calls from those interested in tooth whitening at our Guildford practice over the last few weeks!

There are numerous ways in which you can achieve a beautiful bright white smile, whether you decide to try whitening toothpaste, custom fabricated whitening trays or changing a few lifestyle habits like quitting smoking or drinking less coffee and red wine.

And you might just have come across tooth bonding, a practice similar to veneers but which involves bonding a material like resin over the teeth. Veneers, in contrast, are usually made from porcelain and used to cover the whole surface of the teeth to hide the shape, colour and positioning.

Bonding doesn’t have to be done to all the teeth in your mouth – you can use them to shape the teeth a little, close gaps if you have any or sort out any chips in the edges, which can occur over time.

What’s great about bonding is that it’s a relatively easy way of achieving a brighter smile and can be less expensive than other options out there. It’s also worth noting that you don’t need to prepare your mouth for the procedure and you may well not need anaesthesia to have it done, unless you’re having bonding carried out to fill a decayed tooth.

Of course, there are a few cons involved with this procedure, such as the fact that composite resin which is used in bonding isn’t anywhere near as strong as your natural teeth. So it’s worth remembering that biting your nails or chewing on your pen at work can chip the resin, although the bonding should last for a couple of years before it will need to be looked at again.

As with any procedure, however, you should always consult a professional, qualified and experienced dentist to find out what they think is the best way for you to achieve your beautiful bright white smile, all ready for 2019.

Here at Austen Road Dental, we use whitening trays custom-made just for you so you can whiten your teeth without even having to leave the house. The majority of our patients achieve their desired result in just three to four weeks, so if you are worried about yellow, stained or discoloured teeth please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to see how we can help.