Cosmetic bonding is used to repair minor chips and shallow cracks in tooth enamel. The procedure involves your dentist applying a durable, color-matched resin material to the damaged enamel. They will then harden the resin with an ultraviolet light.
While it is hardened it requires two days to completely cure. After the resin is completely cured, you will still need to keep in mind that that your natural enamel is more receptive to staining than the resin. Over a long period of time, eating foods and drinking beverages that are prone to staining, or using tobacco on a regular basis, can affect the color match. That is why it is important to keep in mind of your diet choices as you let the resin completely cure.
Left unresolved these stains could cause the natural enamel to no longer perfectly match your bonded tooth. In a situation like this you might want to ask your dentist about teeth-whitening options. There are many ways your dentist can assist you with teeth-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 801.756.5136. We look forward to helping you maintain a smooth, bright smile!