Are you looking for a way to improve your appearance? Dental bonding is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure used to create or enhance a beautiful smile. At Enlighten Dental Care, we offer dental bonding for individuals who want to lengthen their teeth, close gaps, or repair decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored teeth. The procedure costs approximately $200 to $300 per tooth.
A dental bonding procedure begins with you and your Enlighten Dental Care dentist choosing a tooth-colored resin bond that closely matches the color of the tooth or teeth that will be bonded. The resin bond is typically made from a plastic dental material. To roughen the tooth, your dentist will then change the surface of the natural tooth by slightly abrading it. A conditioning liquid that the resin will adhere to is then applied to the tooth.
The next step is to mold the resin to the tooth, followed by curing the resin with a blue light. After the resin has hardened, the dentist sculpts and polishes the tooth for a natural look.
Dental bonding is a relatively quick procedure, ranging from 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete the process. To avoid staining the resin, coffee, tea, cigarettes and any foods that stain the teeth should be avoided for the first 48 hours after the procedure.
Also, remember that bonding material is not as strong as an actual tooth. To prevent chipping your bonded teeth (or any teeth for that matter), avoid fingernail biting, chewing on ice, hard foods and any objects that are not meant for digestion.
How do you protect your dental bonding? Good oral hygiene is the only care needed to keep the natural look of the dental bond. Thus, with good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist for teeth cleaning, dental bonding can give you a beautiful smile that lasts up to 10 years.