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Cosmetic Bonding for Your Smile Makeover
Cosmetic bonding is one of the least invasive treatments that can be part of a smile makeover. The procedure involves using a composite resin to build up a tooth or to improve its appearance. Bonding is a versatile treatment that can be used to treat a variety of issues such as:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped, cracked and broken teeth
- Deformed teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- To protect a tooth's root
- To lengthen teeth
How dental bonding can be used during a smile makeover
The versatility of dental bonding makes it one of the popular treatments that can be included in a patient's smile makeover. The composite resin used is made out of plastic polymers and it has a putty-like consistency.
Local anesthetics are rarely used during the application of composite resins since the process does not require the removal of portions of the enamel. The exception would be when treating cavities since the decayed parts of the tooth need to be removed before a composite resin is used to seal the cavity.
The patient's teeth are prepared for dental bonding by roughening their surfaces with an etching solution. The composite used is color-matched with the patient's teeth, then it is applied directly to them. The composite is shaped as desired before being hardened with ultraviolet light. The dentist will polish the tooth to give it a nice shine. It typically takes somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour to complete the bonding process.
Benefits and cons of cosmetic bonding
The benefits of repairing and restoring damaged teeth with a composite resin include:
- It is one of the least expensive treatments performed by dentists
- It can be completed during a single visit
- It does not require the removal of significant portions of the enamel
- It can be color-matched with the patient's teeth
- It rarely requires the use of a local anesthetic unless treating a cavity
The drawbacks of fixing teeth with a composite resin include:
- The materials used to make composite resins are not as stain-resistant as some of the materials used to make crowns and veneers, like porcelain
- Composite resin is prone to chipping
- Repairs made with composite resins will not last as long as restorations like veneers and crowns
- Best suited for temporary fixes
Taking care of teeth after dental bonding
Teeth that have been repaired with a composite resin do not require any special care. Good oral hygiene helps to get the most out of repairs. That includes brushing twice each day and flossing daily. An antiseptic mouthwash can provide extra protection for teeth.
Regular visits to a dentist provide opportunities to perform touch-up treatments when the composite begins to wear off. Repairs made with composite resins last anywhere between three to 10 years.
We repair teeth with cosmetic bonding
Call or visit our Evans clinic if you have teeth that need work done on them. Our dentist will color match a composite to the color of your teeth and fix whatever issues you are dealing with.
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