Along with helping you to eat and speak, your teeth (particularly the ones toward the front of your mouth) help to provide you with a beautiful smile. However, when your teeth are marred by imperfections, even tiny ones, your smile is diminished. These imperfections can also impact your confidence, lead you to smile less, or take steps to hide your smile from those around you. At National Dental Sunnyside, we can help to restore the quality of your smile with bonding.
FIXING SMALL IMPERFECTIONS IN YOUR SMILE
Even tiny imperfections in your teeth can have a serious impact on the quality of your smile. Bonding is a dental procedure that uses composite resin to fix minor imperfections. Composite resin is a made up of a mixture of fine glass, plastic, and other materials. It is white, and blends in with your natural enamel, making it impossible to tell that it’s there. It is a flexible material and can be shaped and molded to meet some different needs.
Bonding can be used to fix several different types of minor dental imperfections:
- Small chips and cracks in the enamel.
- Gaps between your teeth.
- Teeth that are slightly misshapen.
- Teeth that are smaller than others.
HOW IS BONDING DONE?
Bonding is a very simple, pain-free procedure that usually takes less than an hour to complete. No anesthetic is needed, and no enamel needs to be removed. First, we clean and dry the affected tooth (or teeth). Next, a lightly acidic gel is applied to the tooth, which works to create a rough surface. This texture will help the composite resin to bond more effectively with the tooth. The gel is washed away, and the tooth dried again. We then place the bonding material and shape it as needed to create a natural appearance. It is hardened with a special light and polished smooth, restoring the beauty of your smile.
DOES BONDING REQUIRE SPECIAL CARE?
While the material is effective at restoring your smile, it is not very strong. Some extra care will need to be taken. You should avoid biting and chewing on anything exceptionally hard, such as ice, popcorn kernels, or pens. You should also abstain from using your teeth to open packaging. You should also be careful with anything that can stain your teeth. Composite resin can stain just like your enamel, but not even professional whitening can eliminate the stains the material takes on.
Your bonding should be brushed just like the rest of your natural teeth. This will help to prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria that can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. Maintaining your regular 6-month dental visits for cleanings and exams is also important. During your exam, we will check the condition of your bonding to ensure that it is good shape.
BENEFITS OF BONDING
Bonding has several benefits:
- The procedure is quick, usually taking less than an hour.
- Bonding is completely painless and does not require any anesthetic.
- The composite resin material blends in with the color of your enamel.
- Bonding is one of the most affordable options for restoring tooth imperfections.
- Bonding is the least invasive option available and doesn’t require any preparation of the tooth (like veneers or crowns).
If small imperfections have affected the beauty of your smile, bonding may be able to help. Call National Dental Sunnyside today at (718) 925-3365 to learn more.