If you have a discolored, cracked, or a chipped tooth, a restorative dentistry procedure such as tooth bonding can enhance your smile. It is a predictable and affordable way to improve the appearance and shape of your teeth. Unlike dental veneers and dental crowns, dental bonding does not involve the removal of the tooth surface. Dental bonding allows us to repair fluorosis, stains, and chips as well as the size and shape of the tooth to improve the smile. If you want to improve imperfection in your teeth or you are worried about the gap between your teeth, Dr. Jason "Troy" Bacon is dedicated to providing you with the best dental care at all times.
What Does Dental Bonding Involve?
The process of bonding is very simple. First, the dentist will assess the condition of your teeth to determine if they would need veneers or bonding. In the next step, the dentist will apply some phosphoric acid on the tooth surface which roughens and etches the surface so that the bonding material would stay in place. After that, putty-like bonding dental fillings are placed on the surface of the teeth which are then shaped and sculpted. UV rays are applied to assist the material set and hardening. Lastly, the composite is buffed and polished for a smooth finish.
What are the Benefits of Dental Bonding?
Cosmetic dentistry bonding comes with a lot of benefits when compared to other restorative dentistry procedures. Dental bonding is minimally invasive while dental crowns and porcelain veneers need significant tooth alteration, dental bonding does not need enamel removal. Moreover, dental bonding is versatile.
Dental bonding can mask a lot of cosmetic imperfections of the teeth such as discoloration, gaps, cracks, and chips. Another benefit of bonding is that it is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures available. Above all, it is fast and convenient. Unlike other cosmetic procedures like crowns and veneers, that need multiple appointments, you only need to visit the dental office once to have dental bonding.
How to Prepare for Teeth Bonding
Tooth bonding does not require special preparation. All you need is to consult the dentist so that they can assess whether you can undertake a tooth bonding procedure. This procedure may not work particularly if you have severe tooth decay or damage. You may need a crown or veneer instead.
How to Care for Bonded Teeth
After you have bonded your teeth, it is very important to take care of your teeth to extend their life. Some of the self-care includes avoiding hard candy or food, brushing twice a day and flossing daily, not biting your nails, scheduling regular dental cleanings every six months, and avoiding tobacco, tea, and coffee for the first two days after the cosmetic dentistry procedure to avoid stains.
See a dentist if by accident the bonding material breaks or chips or if you feel any lumpy or sharp edges after the dental procedure.
A healthy smile is a confidence booster. If you have a gap, a chipped tooth, or discoloration and you are looking for an inexpensive repair, Dr. Jason "Troy" Bacon is a top dentist with many years of experience in performing general reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry services. At Isla Dental we ensure that every one maintains and achieves optimal oral health. Give us a call and book an appointment today.