Do you avoid showing off your smile? Do you have spaced, stained or discolored teeth? Are they keeping you from looking and feeling your very best? If so, then why not speak with your dentist about dental bonding? This dental procedure involves applying a resin to the tooth to treat specific dental concerns. Dr. Vaishali Patel DDS has been utilizing dental bonding for many years to help her patients achieve bright and radiant smiles. Dr. Patel’s has extensive experience in remedying a myriad of dental health issues by utilizing this simple, but highly effective, treatment. Here is a bit more information about dental bonding.
What is bonding? The term bonding is used in the dental field to describe the process of permanently attaching dental bonding materials to your existing, natural teeth. We use special dental adhesives and a curing light. If you aren’t aware of it, chances are that you’ve probably already received a dental treatment that fell into the category of dental bonding. Whether it was direct composite bonding or adhesive bonding of a restoration (which involves a crown, bridge, porcelain veneer, inlay or onlay) that was created in a laboratory or at your dentist’s office.
Dentists often utilize tooth-colored composites (white or natural-looking materials) that they may have in-office, in order to fill cavities, repair chipped or cracked teeth. Composites are also to close the gaps between your teeth, as well as to build up the teeth that have worn down edges. Dentists place these materials in or on the teeth as needed.
Because direct composite bonding requires that the dentist place the restorative material very precisely, the direct composite bonding procedure is typically completed in just one office visit. However, more complicated or extensive treatments may require additional visits. There is usually isn’t any need for temporaries, nor will you have to wait days or weeks for laboratory restorations.
What dental problems can direct composite dental bonding remedy? As previously mentioned, dental bonding can be used to repair a number of oral health concerns. Direct composite bonding can benefit discolored teeth, repair cracked or chipped teeth, close or narrow the gap between unevenly spaced teeth. The procedure can also change the overall cosmetic appearance of your teeth, and can even be utilized to fill cavities. In addition, composite bonding has the ability to protect the exposed root of a damaged tooth, in cases that involve gum recession.
Bonding can benefit patients who suffer from tooth decay or those who simply wish to change the look or shape of their teeth. It is an ideal alternative to more costly or invasive cosmetic dentistry treatments. The resin that is used is tooth colored, making it a perfect way to get a brilliant smile in just one office visit. Instead of having to wait days or weeks for veneers or crowns to be manufactured by the lab, the entire bonding procedure is done within your dentist’s office.
How long does the process take and how long does it last? The dental bonding process typically only takes about 30 to 60 minutes for each tooth. During the composite bonding procedure your dentist will clean your teeth, then roughen the surface of the affected tooth. Dr. Patel will then apply a special conditioning liquid. Only a minimal amount of the tooth’s surface will need to be removed. Other dental treatments that require a good amount of the tooth’s structure is removed.
The resin will then be applied directly to your tooth, after which time a special light will be used to harden the bonding resin. Once it resin has hardened, Dr. Patel will continue to shape the resin and trim away any excess materials. The tooth will also be polished to enhance its appearance and to make it look more natural. Usually bonding lasts between 3 to 10 years. Your dentist will monitor your bonding during your regularly scheduled dental exams. She can make any touch ups when needed.
If you want to have a bright, brilliant smile that reflects your inner beauty, please call (310) 549-2400. You can also email us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Vaishali Patel DDS. She has helped a number of her patients to remedy their dental issues with dental bonding, and can give you the smile that you deserve as well!