Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that can correct a wide array of flaws that might draw attention away from an otherwise stunning smile. Chips or cracks in teeth, gaps between teeth, and inconsistencies in the shape and size of the teeth are just some of the imperfections that dental bonding can conceal. If you would interested in a quick, simple, and completely pain-free cosmetic treatment that can rejuvenate your smile, Dr. John Krueger offers dental bonding at his Palm Harbor, FL, area practice. Contact our cosmetic dentistry practice today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
The dental bonding procedure can usually be completed in one easy visit. Your treatment will begin with Dr. Krueger using a shade guide to select the color of composite resin that best matches your natural enamel. Anesthesia is usually not needed unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth as part of a tooth-colored filling procedure. Next, Dr. Krueger will roughen the surface of your tooth and apply a conditioning liquid. After the tooth has been prepped, the resin will be applied to the surface of the tooth. The resin will be smoothed and molded until the desired shape is achieved. A laser or ultraviolet light will be used to cure the resin. Finally, Dr. Krueger will trim the composite material so its shape complements your biting patterns and polish it for an eye-catching sheen.
Most patients in good oral health who have cosmetic imperfections in their smile are suitable candidates for dental bonding. You may benefit from this treatment if you have:
- Teeth that are chipped, cracked, or otherwise structurally damaged
- Teeth that are irregularly shaped or disproportionately small
- Mild to severe staining or discoloration
- Misaligned teeth or teeth that are separated by gaps
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment. It generally requires less removal of tooth enamel than treatments such as dental crowns or porcelain veneers. In addition, teeth treated with dental bonding require no special care. Patients need only to continue with their good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing at least twice a day.
The Longevity of Dental Bonding Results
The results of your dental bonding treatment can last up to ten years with proper care and regular dental visits. The composite resin material used in dental bonding is less durable than the porcelain used in veneers and crowns, so you will have to avoid biting your nails or chewing on pen caps and ice. It is also less stain resistant than porcelain. To maintain the striking, radiant appearance of dental bonding work, patients should refrain from smoking and limit their consumption of dark-colored beverages, such as red wine and coffee.
Learn More about Dental Bonding
If aesthetic flaws in your teeth are detracting from the beauty of your smile, dental bonding might provide the simple and convenient yet perfect dental solution for you. We invite you to schedule a consultation to find out how dental bonding, either on its own or in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments, can enhance your smile.