The Cosmetic Procedure Known As Dental Bonding
Dental bonding may be exactly what you are looking for you would like a less expensive cosmetic dental procedure. Bonding can improve the appearance of a dark or chipped tooth, close gaps between teeth, or change the shape of a tooth by using a tooth-colored composite resin. Bonding is also often used as a cosmetic filling alternative to silver, or amalgam, because it can protect the tooth root if it has been exposed due to periodontal disease. Bonded fillings are also preferable because their light color is much less noticeable than silver.
Here are a few additional bits of information about dental bonding:
- Prior to applying the bonding material, the surface of your tooth will be slightly etched and lightly coated with a conditioning liquid to help the bonding material adhere to your tooth.
- Dr. Glasser will then apply a soft, tooth-colored resin material, molding and smoothing it until it is the desired shape. The resin material is then hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser.
- Once the resin material hardens, it will be trimmed, shaped and polished it until it matches the rest of your tooth’s surface.
- The good news is bonding can be done in a single dental visit. However, if you're having more than one tooth done, you may need to schedule more time or additional visits.
- A word of caution: The bonding resin can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments, such as veneers. To prevent or minimize stains, avoid drinking coffee, tea, wine or other staining foods and drinks for the first 48 hours after a bonding procedure. To maintain the look of your new bonded procedure, remember to brush and floss twice a day and visit your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning.
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