Factors such as chipped or broken teeth, gaps, discoloration and staining can greatly affect the overall appearance of your smile, giving your facial exterior an unfavourable presence. However, by utilizing some of the most technologically recent dental tools and the best composite resin available in the market, the dentist at Cosmetic Dentistry can fix these problematic factors, giving an amazingly charming aspect to your smile in a blink of an eye.
The process of cosmetic dental bonding will hide any defects in your teeth; unpleasing visual factors such as gaps and stains are hidden behind a slim coating of bonding material, which can be easily moulded to improve and enhance the outlines of your smile.
In recent days, there have been breathtaking advances in the area of cosmetic dentistry and thus, a procedure such as this one is perfect when it comes to providing an esthetical improvement to your teeth.
However, you must bear in mind the amount of time that your bonding will last is entirely up to you and the care that you give your teeth. There are other factors which vary from individual to individual and some patients will require further sessions after a certain time since they may suffer from staining in the margins of the teeth. Nonetheless, if your oral hygiene is appropriate and you look after your teeth, you can expect your bonding to last up to 10 to 15 years.
There are two basic bonding techniques, composite bonding and veneer bonding:
Composite bonding uses a composite material that is adhered to the tooth and shaped.
Veneer bonding uses smooth porcelain or composite veneers that are adhered to the front of the tooth using dental cement. Porcelain veneers offer a better color match to your surrounding teeth and typically lasts for five to ten years, although they are more expensive than composite veneers, or composite bonds.
Since cosmetic dental bonding is a completely painless procedure, it is generally performed without the use of local anesthesia. At the same time, it is an efficient and quick treatment and thus, it can be terminated in 1 to 2 hours and you will only have to visit your dentist once.
The procedure is performed as follows:
1) A mild etching solution will be applied to the surface of the teeth which will be treated. This creates tiny holes in your enamel and will provide a rough surface to which the resin will be able to ‘bond’ to.
2) A special gel is applied and then the resin, which matches the exact color of your teeth, will be placed over your tooth. To cure the material unto the surface of your enamel, a high-intensity light is used.
3) The process is repeated for as many times as necessary until the desired results are achieved, applying one layer at a time.
4) When the final coat is placed, your cosmetic dentist will mould the resin to mimic the natural contours of your teeth and will polish it carefully.
When you walk out of your dentist’s office, you newly bonded teeth will feel completely natural, as if you’d always had them. However, you can expect for them to be sensitive for the following days.
Smaller, less severe problems may only require one trip to the dentist but larger problems may involve two or more appointments. Generally the initial appointment for extensive bonding involves having a mold made of your teeth. This mold then is sent to a dental laboratory so that a customized filling can be fabricated. The following appointment typically involves having the customized filling bonded to your teeth and sculpted down until it looks natural.
To ensure the lasting of this procedure, you will need to maintain a high level of oral hygiene so that the bonding resin will last many long years.
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