A wide, confident smile can tell a lot about a person. However, if your teeth have imperfections, even minor ones, your beautiful smile can be affected. At National Dental Upper East Side, we can fix minor imperfections in your teeth, restoring your smile, and your confidence.
WHAT IS DENTAL BONDING?
Bonding is a procedure designed to repair any minor imperfections in your teeth, restoring the appearance of your smile. The material used for bonding is composite resin, which is a mixture of fine glass in a resin material.
This material is easily shaped and molded for a variety of different purposes:
- Fixing minor chips and cracks.
- Filling gaps between your teeth.
- Altering the appearance of misshapen teeth, so they appear natural.
FIXING YOUR SMILE
The procedure for getting bonding is a simple process and can be completed in a single visit. The process usually takes less than an hour and is completely painless. First, we prepare your tooth. We clean it and dry it. We then apply an acidic gel, which works to create a rough texture on your tooth. This will make it easier for the composite resin to bond with your tooth. The gel is washed off, and your tooth dried again. The composite resin is placed on the tooth and shaped as needed. Once shaped, it is dried, and finally polished smooth.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL BONDING
Bonding comes with many benefits:
- Completely painless: Bonding is a completely painless procedure: No anesthesia is needed.
- Fast: Bonding can usually be completed in less than an hour. There is also no wait time for a restoration to be created.
- Affordable: Bonding is an extremely affordable option, costing less than other restorative options like veneers and crowns.
- Confidence: With your teeth restored, you may gain a boost of confidence, and want to show off your new smile as often as possible.
Quite possibly the biggest benefit associated with bonding is that the material matches the natural color of your teeth. This means that once in place, no one will be able to tell the difference between the material and your actual tooth.
CARING FOR YOUR DENTAL BONDING
Bonding does require a bit of extra care. Although it has several benefits, it does have one disadvantage. The composite resin material is not nearly as strong as some other restorative materials, including porcelain veneers and ceramic crowns.
Composite resin is susceptible to damage when you bite down on something too hard. This is easily avoided with some care about what you eat. Avoid biting and chewing on foods like popcorn kernels, hard caramels (caramel apples), and ice. You should also avoid chewing on your fingernails or pens. Should your bonding become damaged, it is easily replaced.
Composite resin can also stain, and these stains cannot be removed, even with professional whitening treatments. For this reason, you should limit dark foods and drinks – coffee, tea, red wine, dark berries – as well as avoid smoking and other tobacco products.
A regular oral hygiene routine is essential, not just for the health of your bonding, but for the health of your mouth as well. You should brush and floss your teeth daily, and attend regular office visits for professional cleanings and exams. With proper oral care, your bonding should last you many years.
Bonding is an excellent solution to many minor dental imperfections. For more information, or to find out if bonding is right for you, call National Dental Upper East Side today at (646) 736-2206!