Celebrities like Madonna flaunt their natural gaps, while others (e.g., Demi Lovato) went with a seamless smile. If you want to fix a gap between your teeth, or make one smaller, we have the tools to do so at Contemporary Family Dentistry. Tooth bonding is the treatment of choice we’d recommend to anyone with a gap they want gone for good. Bonding is a resin material that attaches to teeth in any desired shape. Bonding can fill in gaps, fix chips, and solve tooth discoloration. You can have the exact smile you want with this simple remedy!
IS BONDING RIGHT FOR YOU?
Whether you’ve always had the imperfection that’s bothering you or something like an accident gave you a chipped tooth, bonding can help. Tooth bonding uses a tooth-colored material that attaches to the tooth using an ultraviolet light. Once the material hardens, it creates a long-lasting look that can come in a color that matches your existing teeth. Bonding is a great solution for problems such as:
- Undesired gaps or spaces between teeth
- Decayed teeth or cavities
- Discolored teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Teeth that look too short
- Misshapen teeth
- Exposed tooth roots
Bonding is done with a strong resin that is easy to apply and affordable for patients. It is an excellent alternative to silver amalgam fillings, and perfect for smiles that need a little something extra. There is little to no preparation required for bonding, and anesthesia is generally not required (unless you’re using bonding to fill a cavity). Once completed, you’ll have a brand new smile. You will need to revisit your dentist to repair bonding over the years, as it is not as durable as other forms of tooth restoration solutions, such as crowns. Your dentist will be able to tell you if it’s right for you!
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TOOTH BONDING
There are two types of bonding: direct composite bonding and adhesive bonding. Direct composite bonding is when the dentist uses tooth-colored composites to repair teeth or fill cavities. The dentist can apply these materials directly, and sculpt them to the surface of the teeth for a perfect look and feel. This type of bonding is ideal for minor cosmetic makeovers, and on teeth that don’t do a lot of chomping, like the front teeth. A small gap between the teeth or chip on a tooth can be changed quickly by direct composite bonding.
Adhesive bonding is the process of attaching a restorative element to an existing tooth, such as ceramic crowns, veneers, or bridges. If a tooth has been badly broken, is discolored, or needs dramatic recontouring, direct composite bonding will not be possible. The process of bonding will be used to adhere the ceramic, but the ceramic restoration must be fabricated outside of the mouth to create the proper form and esthetics. Refer to the sections on crowns, veneers, and bridges.
At Contemporary Family Dentistry, we offer direct composite bonding and fillings that are BPA-free! Our materials don’t contain harmful resin monomers like outdated versions do. We use Voco Ormocer, the latest and greatest in dental bonding technology. This is a product that can replace traditional plastic resin filling materials. If you have older fillings, don’t worry! They’ve never been proven to have harmful effects. Just know that our office now offers state-of-the-art bonding and filling materials for your benefit.
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Bonding is one of the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures. It is a common solution to a variety of aesthetic problems. It typically takes one short office visit to receive bonding, with no need for preparation or removal of tooth enamel. You will not need anesthesia, unless you want it for relaxation during the procedure. Keep in mind that bonding is not as strong as your regular teeth. You should not chew hard candies, chew your nails, or chew on pens with bonding. To see if this treatment can achieve your smile goals, contact us!