Your teeth are an important feature of your mouth, performing numerous essential functions. Not only do they enable you to eat and speak, but they also help to provide you with a beautiful smile. Any imperfections in your teeth, no matter how small, can greatly affect the quality of your smile, and your confidence. At National Dental Williston Park, we can restore the appearance of your teeth, giving you back your smile, with bonding.
WHAT IS DENTAL BONDING?
Bonding is a dental procedure that is used to correct some different minor imperfections in your teeth. It involves the use of a composite resin material, which is made up of fine glass, plastic, and other materials. Composite resin is a very versatile material and can be shaped and molded to meet a variety of needs. Bonding can be used to fix such issues as:
- Small chips and cracks.
- Gaps between your teeth.
- Misshapen teeth, or teeth that are smaller than the rest.
How is Dental Bonding Applied?
The bonding procedure is easy, quick (usually taking less than an hour), and completely painless. There is no need for a local anesthetic. We start by cleaning and drying the affected teeth. We then apply a light acidic gel on your teeth, which creates a rough texture on the enamel. This texture is essential for the composite resin material to adhere better. We then wash off the gel and dry your teeth again. We then apply the composite resin to your teeth and shape it as needed. Once we achieve the desired shape, we dry the material with a special light. Finally, we end the procedure by polishing the resin to a smooth finish. When we are finished, you will be left with a beautiful, blemish free smile.
Care for Your Bonding
While bonding is an effective treatment for imperfections, the material is not very strong. It can withstand normal bite forces, but it is susceptible to damage if you bite down on anything too hard (ice, popcorn kernels, fingernails). It can become damaged by using your teeth to open packaging. Bonding is susceptible to staining, but it cannot be whitened like the rest of your enamel. You can take steps to avoid staining, such as limiting staining beverages and quitting smoking.
Other than these precautions, you should care for your bonding just like you care for your natural teeth. You should continue to brush twice daily and floss once a day. You should also maintain regular dental visits, at least twice a year. During these visits, your bonding will be cleaned along with the rest of your teeth, and it will be checked for signs of damage as we examine the rest of your teeth.
Dental Bonding Benefits
Bonding offers several benefits:
- The procedure is completely pain-free. There is no need for even a local anesthetic.
- It is a quick procedure, often taking less than an hour. This means that there is a minimal interruption in your busy schedule.
- Composite resin is tooth colored and blends in with the rest of your enamel. Once in place, no one will be able to tell that it is there.
- Bonding is one of the most affordable options for restoring your smile.
- Bonding is the least invasive option. It does not require any enamel to be removed from your teeth (unlike veneers and dental crowns).
If your teeth have small imperfections in them, bonding may be able to help. Contact National Dental Williston Park at (516) 686-9780 for more information and to schedule your appointment today.