At the Marietta Smile Gallery, we specialize in helping our patients get the results that they want. Many patients already know that they want teeth whitening, or that they need to correct crooked or twisted teeth by getting them straightened. However, they are often surprised when we talk about how simple and effective dental bonding can be to help improve the look of cracked, chipped, discolored, or even gapped teeth.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding uses a special composite resin that is placed and molded over the damaged tooth or teeth and is then shaped and polished so that it matches the look and texture of your natural teeth. This procedure is so straightforward that it can often be completed during a single office visit. Additionally, dental bonding is considered one of the most cost-effective and efficient dental procedures to help hide imperfections in your teeth. Dental bonding can also help to create a protective layer against invading bacteria or infection that can be held in cracked or chipped teeth.
When to Consider Dental Bonding
Dental bonding can be used for a wide variety of issues. Dental bonds can be specifically tinted to match the existing color of your teeth. This means that you can help to hide stained or discolored teeth with a dental bond without having to worry about changing the color of all your other teeth to match. Dental bonds can also be placed over the top of cracked or chipped teeth. Once the resin is molded, shaped, and polished, it will look just like your natural teeth, only without the damage.
Additionally, the dental bond acts as another layer of protection for your teeth. This reduces the potential of infection to your natural teeth and roots. When damaged teeth are not treated, they often have to be extracted because they get infected and can no longer survive.
In addition to these uses, some patients can also benefit from dental bonding placed over the roots of their teeth if the gums have receded too far down, exposing the vulnerable surface of the root.
Dental bonding is a pain-free process for almost every patient. This means that once we have completed your initial evaluation and decided that you are a candidate for dental bonding, we can schedule your appointment, or sometimes even do the entire procedure right then.
First, we match the color of your natural teeth or desired the color to the proper resin. The resin is then prepared and applied to your teeth. After we get the general shape correct, we use a number of small instruments to complete the shaping of the resin.
We allow the resin is then polished so that the texture closely resembles that of your natural teeth, and finally, the bond is cured using a special ultraviolet light. Once the bond is set, the entire procedure is completed.
Caring for Your Bond
Dental bonds are not as strong as your natural teeth, so it becomes even more important to avoid things like chewing on ice or non-food items with the teeth that are bonded. If you notice that your bond has become damaged or loose, contact our offices so we can either repair or replace the bond. While dental bonds are not designed to last forever, with proper care, they can last for several years.
Other than that specific care, it is important to continue a proper routine for your oral hygiene to help eliminate the potential for infection or disease.
If you are considering dental bonds or other cosmetic dental procedures, contact Marietta Smile Gallery today to schedule your appointment. We are sure that we can help you get the smile of your dreams.