A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO CORRECT MINOR FLAWS
Cosmetic dentistry is not only limited to people with severe dental problems, like major gaps between the teeth or dramatic tooth staining. Sometimes, people with minor issues can benefit from a cosmetic procedure in a big way. Dental tooth bonding in New Orleans is one example of a treatment that can improve minor to major imperfections to really transform smiles. Keep reading to learn more about how this treatment works, then contact Canatella Dental to book an appointment today!
WHAT IS DIRECT BONDING?
Tooth bonding, or direct/cosmetic bonding, is a procedure in which your dentist uses a tooth-colored composite resin (a mixture of smooth glass and plastic particles) to repair one or more teeth. The resin is applied directly to the tooth’s surface, which has been treated with a bonding agent to ensure secure attachment. The entire procedure lasts from 30 to 60 minutes per tooth, depending on factors unique to your case.
One of the most significant advantages of toot bonding is that it is a more cost-effective option compared to other treatments in cosmetic dentistry, like dental veneers or porcelain crowns.
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WHAT IS DENTAL BONDING USED FOR/WHAT DOES IT FIX?
Your dentist may recommend dental bonding for a variety of dental problems, including the following:
- To repair spots of tooth decay
- To brighten the shade of stained teeth
- To fill in gaps between teeth
- To repair broken or chipped teeth
- To smooth out irregular surfaces
- To enhance the appearance of irregularly shaped teeth
- To lengthen short/stubby teeth
- And more!
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR BONDING APPOINTMENT
You probably do not need to do anything special to prepare for your dental bonding appointment, but we will let you know if there is anything you can do well in advance. Tooth bonding doesn’t hurt, so most patients can relax completely comfortably throughout the procedure. That means you can drive yourself to and from the appointment without worrying about the effects of sedation.
To begin the procedure, your dentist will clean the tooth and isolate it to keep it completely dry. Then the resin, which has been shaded in advance, is applied onto the enamel and artfully sculpted to look perfect. Once everything looks fantastic, the resin is dried within minutes using a special UV light.
RECOVERY & AFTERCARE TIPS
You can begin chewing on the treated tooth on the very same day as your appointment, as the bonding is dried completely during the appointment.
With proper care and maintenance you can expect the tooth bonding to last for several years before retreatment or replacement may be necessary. Be sure to maintain proper oral hygiene, brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly, and avoid damaging habits like biting your nails, chewing on pens/ice, and always wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports.