Veneers, fillings, crowns, bridges, bonding – are these terms a mystery to you? If so, you’re not alone. Many people are confused about what different dental restorations are used for. In this piece, let’s consider what bonding is used for and what you can expect from it.
Does Your Tooth Need Bonding?
If you are unhappy with the color, size, shape, or spacing of your teeth, then bonding may be the answer for you. Bonding is done to repair or enhance your tooth or teeth. A sturdy resin-based material is bonded to the tooth with a curing light, leaving your tooth with a whole and natural appearance.
How It’s Done
The dentist uses a shade guide to select the composite resin material that will most closely match your natural teeth. Because bonding is not replacing decayed tooth material, drilling and anesthesia are generally not needed. The tooth may be prepared, however, with a little roughening to encourage the resin material to adhere. A liquid preparatory agent is applied, and the resin is placed and shaped. The dentist will use a special light to set the material. Next, he will smooth and shape and polish it so that your teeth still fit well together when you bite and smile. The entire process takes less than an hour for each tooth.
Caring for Your Bonded Tooth
To get the most out of your bonded tooth, maintain a daily routine of brushing and flossing. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and an abrasives-free toothpaste. Be cautious of biting into hard foods with your bonded tooth. Talk to your dentist to learn whether cosmetic bonding is right for you and how to care for a bonded tooth.
Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
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