Molding your Smile with Dental Bonding

A good smile with well-arranged teeth and flawless color is a dream to many. Dentistry has advanced quite drastically with numerous options. To restore your perfect smile there are lot of cosmetic dentistry procedures like dental bonding that work just fine and will be easy on your pocketbook.

Dental Bonding is a procedure that manages imperfections on your teeth like gaps, discolored teeth, uneven length, shape of teeth. Dental Bonding is very widely used for wedding smile makeovers.

Dental BondingHow is it done?

Dental Bonding can be done mostly in just one sitting after an initial consultation. The average time for the procedure takes about half an hour to one hour per tooth.

In the first consultation the dentist analyzes the teeth and determines the closest color of the composite resin of the tooth that will be used for the bonding procedure.

The procedure begins with the roughening of the intended teeth and applying a conditioning gel. This helps the resin stick to the tooth well. Once the resin is applied on to the tooth, and is molded to the desired shape and size, a blue light (UV) or laser light is used to harden the material. Once hardened the dentist will work on a good finish to give it a natural look by grinding, shaping and polishing it.

What more do you need to know?

The advantage of dental bonding in comparison to dental veneers and crowns is that there is no anesthesia required in most cases except for decayed teeth. This is less time consuming and least expensive. Less tooth enamel is removed for this procedure than veneers and crowns, and therefore less damage to teeth.

Another important thing you need to know about dental bonding is that the material used for this procedure is not as stain resistant as that used for crowns so care must be taken in this regard. These bonding materials are not as strong as dental crowns and dental veneers, so care must be taken not to use your teeth for opening bottles, biting ice or such hard objects. Generally speaking, dental bonding is used for front teeth where the pressure of bite is lower. There have been no reported cases of sensitivity issues or tooth discoloration from enamel removed from the teeth.

It is always best to consult your dentist to analyze which dentistry procedure best suits your teeth correction.

Dental Bonding Aftercare

Coffee, tea and cigarette smoke and other substances can stain the resin used in bonding. Avoid eating or drinking these types of foods and drinks during the first 48 hours after any composite procedure. Dental Bonding doesn’t require much precise care for its maintenance but dentists recommend regular brushing, flossing and use of antibacterial mouthwash twice a day to avoid any further bacterial issues, as well as a regular visit to a hygienist for dental cleaning every six months. If you notice any tooth discoloration or chipping of the resin used for bonding, make sure you visit your dentist immediately. Regular oral checkup is also advised. Dental Bonding is generally used for incisors and canine tooth and it is generally a good idea to avoid using these bonded teeth for any hard biting or breaking.

Who can safely use Dental Bonding?

Unlike a lot of cosmetic dentistry procedures which are only meant for teenagers and adults, dental bonding can be used on toddlers as well. For kids, it is best to consult a pediatric dentist who specializes in this procedure. Since the lifespan on the resin is ten years it should be replaced as the child grows. Since kids are not as careful as adults, it is always advisable to use a sports mouth guard while involved in rigorous and fast physical activity. Pregnant women can safely proceed with dental bonding as it does not involve X-rays, anesthesia or antibiotics, and since the procedure is performed only on the exterior of the teeth. Pregnant women should take care to take frequent breaks during the procedure and not strain your back, and should refrain from bonding procedures on decaying teeth requiring fillings.

Dental Bonding at Home

Today, you can easily purchase dental bonding kits at home and try it out yourself. But the final output might not necessarily be of the same quality as done by a professional dentist. Only a well experienced dentist can evaluate and perform the best procedure and guarantee the best smile after the dental bonding. So it is always best to seek experienced professionals rather than make mistakes with online products and videos. Dental bonding involves more than applying resin to the tooth but also fine tuning the shape and structure to make it look seamless on your smile.

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