You may have heard about dental bonding in Coral Gables and wondered what it was and whether or not it could help you with your smile. Simply, it is a dentist procedure where a tooth colored resin, made from a plastic, hard-wearing material, is applied to a tooth. This is hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser. It can improve the look of your smile.
When is Dental Bonding a Good Idea?
Dental bonding, or tooth bonding as it is also known, is a procedure that is able to help a number of different circumstances. It can be used to repair decayed teeth as well as chipped or cracked teeth. It can improve the previous experience of discolored teeth. Some dentists use the product to close spaces between teeth and on other occasions to make teeth look longer. It can be used as a cosmetic alternative to the usual types of amalgam fillings and it can be used to protect the root of the tooth, particularly where it has become exposed where gums have receded significantly.
Stages of Tooth Bonding
The first part of the procedure deals with the preparation. Anesthesia is not usually required unless the bonding is being applied to fill a tooth that is decayed. By using a shading guide, your dentist will be able to choose a resin color that matches closely with the color of your tooth.
In the second stage, the surface of the tooth will be made rough. This is to make sure that the bonding substance appears perfectly matched to your tooth. The resin, which looks a little like putty at this stage is added and shaped and finally smoothed. Your dentist will then use an ultraviolet light or laser to harden the material. Once this has been completed there will be a little time required to trim and shape your tooth followed by polishing the material so that it matches the rest of the tooth’s exterior.
The whole process of tooth bonding will take between a half-hour and a full hour, on average, for each tooth that is being worked on.
Some Benefits of Dental Bonding
For a Coral Gables dentist, this is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry areas in their catalog. The whole process can usually be completed in one visit unless you are choosing to have more than one tooth completed. Compared to a veneer or crown work, dental bonding will ensure that the least amount of tooth enamel is detached from the surface of your teeth.
Bonded teeth can be used as you would the rest of your teeth and as long as you follow great oral hygiene practices, which means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing every single day and meeting with your dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and extensive cleaning, then your bonded teeth can last a long time.
If you’d like a consultation to find out if tooth bonding is right for you, contact our dental office for an appointment today.