Dental Bonding Can Correct Chips and Gaps
Dental bonding can be a great choice for minor cosmetic imperfections, especially as an affordable temporary solution. Composite bonding can correct or mask chipped or permanently stained teeth, and even close gaps in your smile. The dental bonding procedure can be performed in minutes at our Corpus Christi, TX, office, and can transform the appearance of your smile. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Nicholas Perry Orchard or Dr. Alejandro Vilamil, contact our dental office today.
Is Bonding Right for You?
Your oral health and cosmetic goals will play important roles in customizing a cosmetic dentistry plan that is tailored to your needs. If you are considering dental bonding, a few simple questions can help you determine if bonding is the right treatment option to correct your smile’s imperfections. Ask yourself:
- Has teeth whitening been insufficient to remove stains from my front teeth?
- Do wide spaces between my teeth make me uncomfortable?
- Are my front teeth uneven or oddly shaped?
- Would I like to try correcting my smile through other means before investing in porcelain veneers?
Answering “yes” to one or more of these questions could indicate that you are a candidate for bonding. Of course, a consultation with Dr. Orchard or Dr. Vilamil will give you all the pertinent facts to make an informed decision.
How Bonding Works
Composite resin is used during dental bonding, which is the same material applied for tooth-colored fillings. Bonding adds natural-looking structure to a tooth. Before applying the resin, the dentist will lightly prepare the surface of the teeth to be bonded. This creates more surface area for a stronger bond between the resin and tooth’s enamel.
We will then assess the shade of surrounding teeth and tint the composite resin to match. This technique ensures that your bonded teeth will look natural and blend beautifully with other teeth in your smile. How the resin is applied will differ, depending upon your case. If the goal is to hide permanent stains, a thin veneer of resin will be applied to the front surface of your teeth. If the goal is to close gaps or repair a chip, the dentist will apply resin and sculpt it to the appropriate shape.
After the composite resin is in place, we will use a curing light to harden the material. Then, we’ll polish the bonded teeth and check your bite to make sure the upper and lower teeth fit together properly. You’ll leave our office with a new and improved smile, and renewed self-confidence in your image.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
Bonding typically lasts five to seven years, if teeth are well cared for and damage does not occur. Whether your teeth are bonded or not, you should avoid chewing on very hard materials, such as nut shells and bones. Habitually nibbling on pen caps or biting on metal utensils and other hard objects should also be avoided. Bonding is strong and durable, but it is not as strong as natural tooth enamel, porcelain, or zirconia. You can care for bonded teeth as you do your natural, healthy teeth. Brush twice and floss once daily, and attend checkups and cleanings every six months.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Consultation
Bonding isn’t ideal for all situations. For instance, if the lower portion of a front tooth needs to be restored, a veneer will offer a stronger, more reliable solution. At a cosmetic consultation, Dr. Orchard or Dr. Vilamil will examine your teeth to decide which treatments would be most beneficial to you. Contact us to reserve your appointment today, and you may be enjoying your new smile after just one visit.