Improper gaps between your front teeth can make you feel embarrassed or self-conscious about your smile. Similarly, improper teeth gaps can encourage plaque build-up in the mouth, increasing your risk of oral issues like tooth decay and gum disease.
If you have improper gaps between your teeth, you might be a good candidate for teeth bonding. This article looks at what to expect before and after getting dental bonding.
Tooth bonding is the process of adding a tooth-colored material to a tooth. Since the bonding material is customized to match the shade of your natural teeth, it will leave your smile looking natural.
Unlike other treatments like veneers and fillings, dental bonding is less invasive since it doesn’t involve enamel trimming or drilling. Therefore, it’s virtually painless. You might not even need an anesthetic. The entire procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes. After the procedure, you can resume your normal activities.
Generally, teeth bonding corrects minor dental imperfections like:
Before performing the procedure, our cosmetic dentist must examine your condition to determine your eligibility. People with moderate to severe imperfections like teeth breaks, cavities, and misalignments might not be good candidates. In such cases, the dentist can recommend more extensive treatments like crowns, fillings, and orthodontic treatments.
The dentist will begin by preparing your tooth for the procedure. The front surfaces of the teeth are etched with an acidic solution. Then, a conditioning liquid is applied to the teeth for easy bonding. Next, the dentist applies a putty-like composite bonding material to the teeth to fill the gaps.
The material is customized to match the shade of your natural teeth. An ultraviolet light or laser can quicken the boding procedure. Lastly, the dentist polishes the tooth to remove excess materials to ensure a proper bite and natural appearance.
Below are a few things to keep in mind when getting dental bonding:
Like your natural teeth, bonded teeth require proper care for maximum benefits. With good dental care and habits, your dental bonding should last 5 – 10 years. Use the tips below to care for your mouth and bonded teeth.
Since dental bonding is non-invasive, there’s no recovery time. You can resume your everyday tasks immediately after your treatment. However, some patients complain about minor sensitivity. Fortunately, this should fade away within a few days. For the next few hours, keep in mind the following instructions:
Below are long-term dos and don’ts of dental bonding:
Contact Jersey Smile to speak with our dentist in Berkeley Heights, NJ for more information about dental bonding.