Want a Winning Smile? Dental Bonding Fixes Chips, Cracks, Stains, and More
Sometimes, a simple dental solution can give you the smile of your dreams.
Have you noticed that something isn’t quite right with your smile? Even minor defects can have a major impact on your self-confidence. However, a few simple cosmetic treatments can make a world of difference. Composite dental bonding is one such treatment; it delivers noticeable, fast, and affordable results.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a straightforward and versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment that improves smiles in many ways. It relies on composite resin, a material that can be molded to any shape and carefully matched to the shade of your teeth.
Composite resin is used in a variety of dental treatments due to its durability and enamel-like appearance. You’ll also see it used in tooth-colored fillings, which are an alternative to the more noticeable gray metal fillings.
Is dental bonding right for you?
Dental bonding is among the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments and can play an important role in any smile makeover. The best way to determine whether dental bonding is right for your smile is to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist.
Composite bonding can repair many types of physical damage to your teeth. A cracked or chipped tooth can be restored to pristine condition by applying composite resin to the affected area.
Teeth that are naturally too small or oddly shaped are also prime candidates for dental bonding. Your dentist can sculpt the composite resin to just about any shape, providing a solution for misshapen teeth and filling any minor gap between teeth.
Tooth bonding can also tackle deep stains. Intrinsic stains affect the inner layers of the tooth, so options such as whitening gel don’t work because they target the surface. Dental bonding can cover those imperfections, resulting in a bright, shining smile.
Not every case is right for dental bonding. If severe tooth decay or physical damage is present, you may need restorative options such as a dental crown to ensure protection and lasting oral health.
Your Dental Bonding Treatment
The first step in the dental bonding treatment process is to visit your dentist for a consultation. If you have a chipped tooth or other dental issues, reach out right away to find a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.
Your dentist will begin by preparing the tooth for dental bonding. They’ll clean the tooth thoroughly and then etch the area for maximum bonding adhesion. Your dentist will apply an etching gel to the tooth surface for around 30 seconds, which creates a rougher tooth surface.
After that, your dentist will apply the composite resin, carefully shaping it to restore any defects and providing a natural appearance. Once the application is complete, the resin is cured using a UV light to provide strength and durability. Your dentist will then polish the area to blend with your natural enamel.
Taking Care of Your Teeth After Bonding
Composite resin is strong and durable, so there aren’t many specific requirements when taking care of your teeth after bonding. The resin is more susceptible to staining for the first few days after application, though, so avoid coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, and other potential sources of stains during that time.
Maintaining a solid oral hygiene routine is still vital, including brushing twice a day and flossing. You should also avoid biting your nails, using your teeth to open packaging, or chewing very hard foods like ice. These aren’t great for natural teeth in the first place, and they won’t do your restored smile any favors.
Composite Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are another cosmetic dentistry treatment that can be used for many of the same issues as composite bonding. A thin layer of porcelain is placed over the front surface of a tooth, providing a beautiful appearance and restoring any chips, cracks, or other defects.
However, there are some important differences. Cost is one example, with composite bonding being more affordable than porcelain veneers. You’ll also get faster results with bonding, as porcelain veneers must be custom made by a dental office.
Porcelain veneers are still the right option in some cases. They can deliver longer-lasting results and are generally considered to be the gold standard for obtaining a completely natural look. To choose between the two options, you must consider your individual needs and preferences.
Find the cosmetic dentistry solution for your needs.
At Orchard Dental Associates, we provide a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve any smile. If you’re wondering whether cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, or other treatments are right for your smile, you can find out by coming in for a consultation. Book your appointment today to get started.