Fortunately, dentists can perform cosmetic procedures to help fix your imperfections, and give you back your brilliant, beautiful smile. One of these procedures is dental bonding.
What is Dental Bonding?Dental bonding is a quick and simple cosmetic procedure and is completely painless. It can be finished in a single visit, unlike crowns, bridges, or veneers, which take two. No anesthetic is required. Your dentist cleans and dries your tooth and applies an acidic gel.
This gel roughens up the enamel, which allows the bonding material, a composite resin, to better adhere. The gel is cleaned off, and the tooth dried again. The resin is applied, shaped and dried using a special blue light. After it is dry, your dentist will polish it.
What is Dental Bonding Used For?Dental bonding is perfect for many minor tooth imperfections:
|•||Cracked or broken teeth. Dental bonding can fill in the space and restore your tooth to its former appearance.|
|•||Misshapen teeth. If your permanent teeth are naturally misshapen (or perhaps you have some teeth that are shorter or smaller than others), dental bonding will give them an even appearance.|
|•||Gaps. If you have gaps between your teeth, dental bonding can fill them, giving you a full smile.|
|•||Discoloration. If some of your teeth have become discolored - due to certain foods, smoking or trauma - dental bonding can match the color of your surrounding whiter teeth.|
Care of Dental BondingWith proper care, your dental bonding will keep your smile beautiful. Avoid biting and chewing on anything extremely hard - hard candies, ice, fingernails, pens - as composite resin is not a particular strong material. You should also avoid eating or drinking anything in excess that can stain the material.
Clean your teeth as you normally would - brush twice a day and floss daily. Your dentist will be able to check on the condition of the material during your twice a year visits. With proper care, bonding will last for many years.
If you have minor dental imperfections that are affecting your desire to smile, contact our office today to discuss dental bonding.