Wouldn't you like your smile to look its absolute best without imperfections or discoloration that can be discouraging and embarrassing? There is an easy and cost-effective way to reshape your smile. It's called bonding, and many people use it to achieve that long-desired bright and attractive look for their teeth.
How dental bonding works
Bonding is a simple, quick way for your dentist to correct minor flaws in the teeth. After a thorough oral exam to determine if a patient is a candidate for dental bonding, the dentist uses tooth-colored resin to carefully fill in and repair small chips, gaps and minor cracks. This resin is the same material that is used in the composite fillings which address cavities.
Dental bonding avoids the need for expensive and more invasive restoration procedures such as porcelain veneers or crowns. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that bonding is used most frequently to repair those little chips that come with normal wear and tear or minor injury to the mouth. In addition, bonding does an outstanding job in protecting sensitive exposed roots and in blending away stains and discoloration.
The procedure itself is painless, requiring no anesthesia. The dentist gently abrades or roughens the surface of the teeth which will receive the bonding treatment. Then, the bonding material is applied and shaped to achieve the best bite and match with surrounding teeth. Then, using a special light, the composite resin is hardened. Finally, the tooth receives a polishing. Depending on the number of teeth being treated, bonding procedures usually are completed in just one office visit.
How long does bonding last?
With good oral hygiene, bonding should last for years. Dentists and hygienists encourage daily flossing and twice-daily brushing to care for the restorations - just as you would care for natural teeth. In addition, dental professionals discourage nail biting, chewing on ice or any other activity that can mar or chip natural tooth enamel or bonded surfaces. Patients should continue with their annual oral exams and semi-annual cleanings or as recommended by the dentist.
4 Dental Health
Steven Christensen DDS is the Layton, Utah area dentist who can help you decide if dental bonding is right for your beautiful and healthy smile. He and the staff at 4 Dental Health will arrive at a care plan employing the latest in dental techniques together with friendly and compassionate care. Call the office today for a consultation: 801-889-1044.