What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is the process of applying tooth-colored putty onto the natural tooth to hide dental flaws. While veneers require removal of tooth enamel, dental bonding can be smoothed over the surface, leaving the natural tooth intact. Usually, the surface of the tooth is “roughened” to help the bonding stick to the tooth. However, very little if any enamel is lost during this process. This procedure can hide a number of problems including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Damaged teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Short teeth
- Receding gums
Dental bonding can also be used in restorative procedures, such as fillings and crowns.
How long does this process take?
The length of the procedure depends on the extent of the damage that you are correcting. For example, one chipped tooth can take as little as 30 minutes to complete. However, if resin is applied to more than one tooth, more time will be needed. Generally, about 30 to 60 minutes are needed per tooth.
First, the dentist will choose a resin that closely matches your shade of teeth for a natural look. Then, the tooth is roughened and the resin is applied directly to the tooth. The dentist will shape and mold the resin to create the perfect look and then harden the material. The resin is then polished to match the surrounding teeth.
How to Care for Dental Bonding
It is relatively easy to care for teeth after dental bonding. Obviously, regular brushing and flossing is required to keep the resin clean looking. Brushing with a soft bristle or soft rotary electric brush helps avoid scratching and damaging the resin.
Resin can become stained over time just like natural teeth. Therefore, avoid dark foods and drinks, smoking and poor oral hygiene habits. It is also important to avoid teeth whitening products that contain silica. Silica is an abrasive that can scratch the resin and leave it more vulnerable to deep stains.
Dental Bonding in Scottsdale, AZ
At Belmont Dental Care, we offer quality dental bonding for patients who are in need of a smile makeover. With dental bonding, Dr. Fleming can create a dramatic makeover or perform small, cosmetic changes in your smile such as closing a gap. For more information on dental bonding in Scottsdale, AZ visit our office or call us today at (480) 609-0050.
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