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What is Dental Bonding and Whom Does it Help?
Dental bonding is a fantastic option for many people who want to enjoy a little bit of a cosmetic pick-me-up to their smile. Comprised of a composite resin material, it can be dyed to match your surrounding teeth. For patients who want immediate results, dental bonding may be exactly what they need to feel good about their smile once again. Unlike veneers, which may require multiple appointments, dental bonding can usually be completed in just one appointment. It is also a very affordable option and is a painless procedure, making it a win-win for many people.
Dental bonding is a great choice for many different uses. For instance, it can be used to conceal unsightly stains and discoloration on your teeth, especially stains that are resistant to conventional whitening treatments. Bonding can also be used to treat mild tooth decay, reducing your need for invasive drilling. It can help strengthen your tooth and reinforce it, too.
For people who have mild, superficial chips or cracks in their teeth, dental bonding can help conceal these cosmetic concerns. Dental bonding can also help improve the appearance of your smile by getting rid of uneven spacing and gaps between your teeth. It can also be used to reinforce teeth that have been worn down, may have areas of worn-away enamel, or may have a “small” appearance.
During the dental bonding procedure, we will start by gently etching your tooth to help the bonding material adhere better. For our patients who are nervous about experiencing discomfort, we are happy to numb the area up with a topical analgesic before we start! Once your tooth is ready, we will carefully apply the dental bonding material, which is a putty-like paste that can be shaped over your tooth. We will then cure it with a special ultraviolet light, helping it harden and strengthen. From start to finish, this procedure can take anywhere between a half hour to an hour.
After your teeth are bonded, you do need to continue to take care of them. Avoid foods that can stain, such as coffee and red wine for at least 48 hours. Tobacco can stain it too, and we advise that you stop smoking if you currently do. Lastly, the material can be fragile, so do not bite down on hard objects like ice, pen lids, or even bite your fingernails.
To Find Out More About Dental Bonding, Call Our Office Today
If you are interested in learning more about dental bonding, or to schedule your appointment with us here at The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, please give us a call today at (860) 331-8748!