Dental bonding is a procedure in which your dentist uses composite resin to repair your front teeth. This procedure is a fantastic option for patients who want to improve the look of their smile, but porcelain veneers may be out of their budget. Dental bonding at Comfort Dental is an ideal way to get a beautiful smile at a fraction of the cost.
Dental bonding utilizes the same material used in dental fillings. The composite is a specialized acrylic resin that contains glass or quartz. It starts as a putty, which allows your Providence, RI dentist to mold the material into the proper shape. Then, they cure it with a UV light that hardens the material.
Composite resin comes in multiple shades, so we can match the shade of your natural teeth, whether they’ve been whitened or not, perfectly.
The dental bonding material is applied to the front surfaces of the anterior teeth, and is used to repair and improve the appearance of teeth that are:
Dental bonding – also called direct or chairside veneers – is ideal for patients on a budget or those who don’t want to wait for weeks to get porcelain veneers.
Tooth bonding can fill in gaps between the teeth or reverse the appearance of minor crookedness. The bonding can also repair chips and cracks or cover stubborn or intrinsic stains.
Dental bonding is also an affordable way to get a brighter, whiter, straighter smile without spending thousands of dollars on porcelain veneers or orthodontic treatment.
On average, dental bonding lasts five to 10 years. You can extend the life of your dental bonding, or any dental restoration, by:
Practicing good oral hygiene at home
Getting regular cleanings (at least every six months)
Getting regular check-ups (at least every six months)
Avoiding using your teeth as tools
Avoiding chewing hard candies
The preparation for dental bonding is similar to the procedure for dental veneers. Your dentist removes a thin portion of the enamel from the front of the anterior teeth. However, instead of taking an impression for a dental lab technician to fabricate porcelain veneers, your dentist skillfully adds the composite bonding material to the tooth’s surface.
To start, your dentist will numb your teeth. Using a laser or high-speed handpiece, they’ll remove a thin amount of enamel. Then, they’ll condition and prime the teeth before adding an adhesive. The dentist will place the composite material on the tooth and shape it to look like a natural tooth, ensuring it fits tightly around the margins of the preparation.
When the composite is ideally shaped, the dentist will cure the composite with a UV light. Finally, they’ll check and adjust the bite and polish the dental bonding. When your dentist is finished, the bonding will look and feel like your natural teeth (only better!).
A traditional smile makeover can include orthodontic treatment, veneers, teeth whitening, and more. But you don’t have to spend all that time and money to achieve a smile you love. Talk to your Providence, RI dentist about dental bonding. They’ll work with you to find a cosmetic solution that fits your needs and your budget to get a beautiful smile at an affordable price.
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