Wish you could change the shape of your teeth?
Have you dreamed of a straighter smile?
Want a tooth restoration to look as natural as possible?
Tooth Bonding, or Dental Bonding, is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin (made from glass particles) used to restore or change the shape of your teeth. A Tooth Bonding procedure can be completed in a single visit to your Peace Haven dentist.
You may want to consider tooth bonding for the following dental issues:
- Decayed teeth
- Chipped, cracked or fractured teeth
- Receding gums
- Discolored teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Change the shape of teeth
- Cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
Dental Bonding can be completed in a single office visit! However, additional visits may be necessary if you are treating more than one tooth.
The first step is to select the right composite resin color to closely match the color of your teeth. Once your Peace Haven dentist has chosen the right color, your dentist will lightly etch the surface of your tooth. This etching will roughen the surface of your tooth and prepare it for a coating to help the bond adhere.
After your tooth surface is prepared for bonding, your dentist will apply the resin to your tooth. The tooth bonding resin has a putty-like consistency. So your dentist can mold and shape it to properly fit the space and to look most like a natural portion of your tooth. Then your dentist will smooth out the resin and harden it with an ultraviolet light.
Once your bonding material is hardened, your dentist will perform some final touches to trim and shape your filling, then polish the surface to match your natural teeth. When the bonding is complete, you are ready to leave the office and return to your normal schedule!
To avoid or prevent staining, limit your consumption of the following things after your tooth bonding procedure:
- Other staining substances
In addition, continue to brush and floss your teeth often and schedule your regular dental cleaning every six months.
Is Dental Bonding Right for You?
With proper care, Tooth Bonding can often last for years. It’s important to consider your lifestyle and care habits when choosing tooth bonding as a dental option. Your Peace Haven Family Dentistry dentist can help you decide if Dental Bonding is the right choice for your tooth issue. If you are concerned about tooth staining, your dentist may suggest an alternate treatment, such as a veneer.
Dental Bonding may also be susceptible to damage from atypical behaviors, such as nail biting, pen and/or pencil chewing or other habits which may cause excess wear on your teeth.