Few things are more embarrassing than living with chipped teeth or misshapen teeth. Some people are born with congenital malformations that leave some of their teeth oddly shaped, while others are left suffering with a large dental fracture or a gappy smile due to facial injuries. Although you might be tempted to write off these cosmetic issues, figuring that permanent dental implants or crowns are the only way to resolve them, cosmetic bonding might be the answer you have been looking for.
Dental bonding is comprised of a tooth-colored resin that is applied directly to your teeth, and then is shaped and polished by the dentist. The resin can even be dyed to match the shade of your teeth closely, so that nobody will even know that you have had work done. Dental bonding is incredibly versatile, helping dentists to repair a litany of dental issues.
Here are just a few of the reasons our dentists might choose to use bonding materials on your teeth:
After the dentist determines that you are a good candidate for dental bonding, the area will be cleaned thoroughly. Next, the dentist will use a shade guide to determine how to color the resin so that it will match your teeth perfectly. After the resin is mixed, the dentist will apply a material to your tooth called “etch,” which creates microscopic cracks on the surface of your tooth to help the resin adhere properly. After this step is complete, the dentist will start shaping the resin around the tooth.
To cure the resin, the dentist will use a painless blue light. This light uses invisible ultra violet rays to harden the resin. After the resin has hardened, the dentist will use tools to gently shape and polish the tooth. After the repair is complete, the area will be rinsed clean. From start to finish, dental bonding takes about 30 minutes to an hour.
State-of-the-art resins have dramatically improved the lifespan of cosmetic bonding, and newer materials can last as long as ten years without needing to be touched up. However, if dental bonding gets knocked loose or wears away, it can be reinstalled easily by one of our dentists. Dental bonding is also incredibly easy to care for. Because it is shaped directly around your current teeth, the material functions like your natural teeth. Your normal brushing, flossing, and dental checkup routine should be sufficient to care for your dental bonding—no extra special care is necessary. However, it should be noted that after dental bonding, you should avoid chewing hard objects and using your teeth to open packages, just like you are normally discouraged from doing.
If you are interested in having your teeth bonded, make an appointment with one of our dentists today. With dental bonding, your teeth can look as good as new—without the steep price tag that comes along with other types of repairs.