Your smile is often the very first impression you leave with people. Moreover, first impressions are important. Your teeth are the main component of your smile. When they are marked with imperfections – whether it’s chips, cracks, gaps or misshapen teeth – your smile is affected. You may be giving off the wrong first impression. At National Dental Oakland Gardens, we can restore the beauty of your smile, fixing small imperfections with bonding.
COMPOSITE RESIN DENTAL BONDING
Bonding is a procedure designed to fix minor dental imperfections. It involves the use of a composite resin, which consists of fine glass, plastic, and other materials. This material is quite flexible, easily shaped and molded to fit your needs. It can fix issues such as:
- Small chips or cracks.
- Gaps between your teeth.
- Teeth that are misshapen or short.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL BONDING
Bonding offers several benefits:
- It is a quick procedure. It can be completed in a single visit, often in less than an hour.
- It is completely painless. There is no need for a local anesthetic.
- Inexpensive. Bonding costs less than other options like veneers or crowns.
- Composite resin perfectly blends into the color of your natural teeth.
- You regain your confidence.
YOUR DENTAL BONDING PROCEDURE
Bonding is a quick and simple procedure. The process can be completed in less than an hour, and there is no need for even a local anesthetic. We start by cleaning and drying the tooth or teeth, that needs to be repaired. Next, a lightly acidic gel is applied to the areas where the composite resin material is to be applied. This creates a rough surface on the enamel, which will help the bonding to better adhere to your teeth. The gel is then cleaned off, and your tooth dried again. We then apply the bonding material to your tooth and shape it as needed. We then dry the material and polish it.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR BONDING
While bonding is effective at fixing some imperfections in your teeth, it does have one major disadvantage. Composite resin is not very strong. It is susceptible to chipping or breaking if you bite down on anything too hard. This could mean that you may need a second or even third treatment.
Aside from avoiding biting down on, or chewing, anything hard, your dental bonding should be cared for much like the rest of your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing daily is essential. Not only will these actions help to limit the amount of plaque and bacteria on your teeth, but brushing will also help prevent stains. While composite resin is a bit more difficult to stain than your natural enamel, the stains that do occur do not respond to whitening products. It is also important to maintain regular dental visits, at least two per year. When we examine your mouth, check your teeth for decay and damage, and your gums for signs of gum disease, we will also check on your dental bonding, making sure that it still looks good.
Minor imperfections can have a major impact on your smile. Bonding can help. Call National Dental Oakland Gardens today at (718) 407-0574 to schedule your consultation.