Whenever we see a photograph of an individual with perfectly-shaped and stunningly bright pearly whites, we often wish we also had that perfect smile. Even if we know that the photo must have been digitally edited and touched up, we cannot help but desire teeth that look even half as good. However, this can seem somewhat impossible if one is dealing with gaps, chips, cracks, stains and irregular shapes. Even when such teeth are perfectly healthy and free from decay, they can give one the impression that they aren’t healthy simply because of their appearance. Fortunately, there exists a cosmetic dental procedure that may be able to resolve all of that–dental bonding.
How Dental Bonding Works
In order to receive dental bonding, one must first have their teeth examined by a dentist. He will want to ensure that your teeth are healthy, taking care of any spots of decay first as necessary. He will also consider the desired outcome of aesthetically pleasing teeth and determine whether dental bonding is truly the best way to achieve this.
Where your dentist has thoroughly examined your teeth and determined that dental bonding is appropriate for you, the procedure itself is fairly simple:
- Dental enamel removal. A small amount of surface enamel may need to be removed in order to make room for the bonding material. This is simply to ensure that the placement of bonding material does not overcrowd the teeth and create new dental issues.
- Adhesive placement. Bonding agent is applied to the appropriate teeth in order to ensure better and more secure adhesion between the bonding material and your teeth.
- Bonding placement. Using the bonding material that is most appropriate and properly shaded to the color of your teeth, your dentist will apply the bonding material to your teeth.
- Shaping and molding. Your dentist will shape and mold the bonding material to achieve the desired cosmetic effects. This may include covering stained, chipped, cracked or misshapen teeth, closing the gap between two teeth or restoring basic structure following minor decay.
- Curing. With a special dental curing light, your dentist will harden the bonding material.
- Polishing. Finally, the bonding material will be polished so that it looks and feels like a healthy, natural tooth.
Undergoing the dental bonding procedure does not mean that one must then adhere to a specialized dental regimen thereafter. The normal oral hygiene habits your dentist asks you to participate in, including twice daily brushing, once daily flossing, twice annual dental examinations and cleanings and a properly nutritious diet, should be sufficient to ensure that your dental bonding lasts for a considerable period of time. That said, and though dental bonding is definitely durable, it would be wise to avoid chewing on the hard objects that can also cause damage to natural teeth, such as ice, pencils and other such things.
Dental bonding was created more than five decades ago, and while it has always proven to be a highly effective cosmetic dental treatment the materials and procedure have become even more advanced and efficient in recent years.
Some Things to Note
Dental bonding can be highly effective in a variety of dental situations, but it isn’t the perfect solution for everyone or every situation. For example, individuals who suffer from overbites or underbites will not benefit from dental bonding to correct the extensive gaps and other issues they are experiencing. In these cases, other procedures may be needed in order to adjust the teeth and bite, thereby closing gaps. Dental bonding is more appropriate and useful when one has generally healthy teeth that yet have some minor, cosmetic issues one desires to resolve.
For more information about dental bonding and whether it’s right for you, contact Today’s Dental now.