Dental bonding is the process of using a special resin (plastic) applied by the dentist to replace worn or damaged areas of your teeth. This plastic builds up the areas where damage or wear has occurred and restores your smile to its original shape. And because of its tooth-like color, it blends in with the rest of your natural teeth, evening out your smile wonderfully.
Teeth can fracture or chip as a result of an accident or the everyday wear and tear of tooth grinding. Living with a damaged tooth might seem like the cheaper option, but in the long run, it really does affect the overall health of your mouth. This then leads to even more dental procedures and the expensive bills to match.
Bonding teeth can be either a medical option or a cosmetic one (sometimes it’s both).
Once one tooth is damaged, it can begin to affect the rest of the teeth as well. When there is a gap or change in structure, teeth begin to shift position, crowding an area of the mouth and becoming misaligned. The jawbone is also affected by the shifting of the teeth which can cause jawbone deterioration.
Keeping your teeth strong is essential to daily living. Eating, talking, smiling, etc. can all be negatively affected by damaged teeth. In order to prevent any further damage to your smile dental bonding might be the solution your teeth need.
When bonding is used for cosmetic reasons, a person might be wanting a change in the look and shape of their teeth. Pesky gaps can be filled, teeth elongated, or discoloration covered over. Bonding can help someone achieve that picture-perfect smile they’ve always wanted.
Bonding teeth is a fairly quick process. One tooth is usually finished within a single 40-60 minute visit to the dentist. However, it may take more than one visit if you need bonding for more than one tooth.
The first step in the dental bonding process to determine the shade of bonding that blends best with your natural tooth color.
After the correct color is chosen, the dentist will need to modify the surface of the particular tooth or teeth, then apply a conditioning liquid. Both of these actions ensure an optimal adhesion of the bonding material and your teeth.
Once the bonding material is applied and shaped to the teeth properly, a strong visible light is used to harden the resin into place.
If the hardened bonding does not need any further trimming or shaping, the dentist will finish up by smoothing out the surface to add to the natural look.
Similar to many other dental procedures, the length of durability depends on the habits of and care given by the person who has had the procedure done. If a person takes care of their teeth with regular brushing and flossing, bonding can last between 5 and 10 years.
To ensure that the bonding lasts, it would be wise to avoid:
Something else to be aware of is the look of the bonding. Anything that might stain your natural teeth can also affect the color of the bonding plastic. Limiting your intake of coffee, tea, wine, and/or tobacco will help eliminate or lower the chance of staining your new smile.
Carefully matching your tooth color and producing the proper bonding shape is a real art, and you want to make sure your dentist is skilled at doing so. With a proper bonding job, nobody should be able to see any difference between your natural teeth and the repaired areas.
The dental bonding process requires a specialist in cosmetic dentistry to fill any gaps and make your smile look as good as new. Bonding is also excellent for replacing old fillings, covering grooves and even reducing sensitivity at the gum line due to gum recession.
For all of these reasons, Chester County Family Dentistry assures our patients that they are in expert hands. Our dentists understand the intricacies of repairing and cosmetically enhancing teeth in the most natural looking way possible.
We offer various procedures to fix damaged or decayed teeth, including tooth bonding. Call us today at 610-431-0600 to set up your first appointment and we’ll get you on your way to an amazing new smile!