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15 March 2022

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The appearance of your smile is something many people look to change, fix or improve. One popular method that patients look into is cosmetic bonding, which can fix many cosmetic imperfections including broken or chipped teeth, unwanted gaps, staining and many other issues. A common question by patients is the effect this treatment will have long-term on your tooth enamel. If you’re wondering whether cosmetic bonding is bad for your teeth, this blog will answer all of your questions.

What is tooth bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is a procedure used to correct any dental imperfections within your smile. Before your procedure, your dentist will assess the colour of your existing teeth and match that colour to the composite resin. The dentist will prep your tooth before applying the resin and moulding it to the ideal shape across your enamel. The resin will be hardened using a dental curing light before being polished and shaped to the ideal outcome.

Why get cosmetic bonding?

Many people opt for cosmetic bonding due to the cost-effective nature of this treatment in comparison to others and the immediate results post-treatment.

The procedure requires minimal preparation or damage to your natural enamel and usually takes between 30-60 minutes.

What is the difference between veneers and cosmetic bonding?

Many patients also look into porcelain veneers as an alternate option to fix cosmetic imperfections, despite there being many differences between that treatment and cosmetic bonding. If you’d like to look further into the differences between veneers and cosmetic bonding, check out our blog on this topic.

How long does cosmetic bonding last?

Another query frequently asked when discussing this treatment is its longevity. There are a few variables when discussing how long your cosmetic bonding will last, including natural lifespan, oral hygiene and other lifestyle factors. You can find more details about this in our blog focused on how long does cosmetic bonding last.

Does cosmetic bonding damage teeth?

A frequent question patients ask is whether the procedure of cosmetic bonding will damage their natural teeth permanently or irreversibly. The short answer is, no. The good thing about cosmetic bonding is that it requires little to no invasive preparation to your natural enamel, meaning your tooth underneath would be just as it was before if you were to remove the resin. This also means cosmetic bonding is not permanent, meaning you can always have the treatment reversed if you wish to.

What are the benefits of cosmetic bonding?

There are many benefits to choosing cosmetic bonding as a treatment to fix dental imperfections – one being that it is arguably, the least invasive cosmetic procedure. The timing of the procedure is short, usually around 30-60 minutes, and you will have immediate results and be able to enjoy your sparkling new smile. The prep work on your natural teeth is minimal to none, so you can relax knowing your enamel underneath is not damaged and the treatment can be removed if you wanted it to be. Not to mention, if you get regular checkups, follow correct aftercare you can have bonding that lasts up to 10 years.

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