Tooth bonding uses a composite resin material to sculpt teeth with cosmetic imperfections. The resin is colored to match the patient’s natural teeth and sculpted into the desired shape to hide broken, chipped, or misshapen teeth.
The composite resin material is then hardened with a curing light and polished for a natural appearance. This procedure usually takes between one and two hours per tooth to complete. Patients can return to their routine immediately upon treatment completion. However, the composite resin material is not as strong as the patient’s original tooth enamel. Patients should practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice daily and flossing daily to prevent staining from coffee or other dark liquids.
Routine professional cleanings every six months are also necessary to maintain the results and health of bonded teeth. Over time, the resin may chip or break away from the tooth surface due to biting pressure or poor oral hygiene habits. When this happens, a patient can schedule a professional dental appointment for a repair at Michael McMahon, DDS.
Dental bonding is an excellent option for patients who want to improve the appearance of one tooth in particular. The bonding material can be easily shaped and colored to match your natural teeth, making it an excellent choice for chips and discolorations. Patients with existing fillings or crowns may also consider cosmetic bonding to add strength and longevity to their restorations. Patients with small cavities may also be good candidates for this procedure.
A dental bond is a tooth-colored resin applied directly to the teeth for cosmetic purposes. Unlike porcelain veneers, which cover the teeth thoroughly, the bonding material only covers the front surface of the teeth. However, it is an economical alternative to porcelain veneers because the cost is significantly lower, and the treatment can be completed much faster. While the shape of a tooth cannot be altered with dental bonding, the material can be sculpted to lengthen or narrow the appearance of a tooth. Proper oral hygiene usually strengthens the bond between the tooth and the material.
Similarly, dental bonds resist staining from common beverages such as coffee and tea. Like porcelain veneers, dental bonding can also repair chipped or broken teeth. The material can also close minor gaps between teeth. Another benefit of dental bonding is that it is reversible. If an individual decides that they are no longer happy with the result, they can remove it without causing any damage to the teeth.
Dental bonding is a quick and economical way to improve your smile. To learn more, Visit Michael McMahon, DDS, at 3405 Kenyon Street, Suite 510, San Diego 92110, or call (425) 205-1161 to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled dentists today!
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