In a way, you can think of bonding as a simplified version of a veneer or a crown. While dental bonding can’t withstand the kind of abuse that a veneer or crown can, bonding is a versatile solution that works well in a variety of situations. Bonding improves the aesthetics of your teeth, as well as strengthens teeth when damaged or overly exposed.
Bonding is a process where a tooth-colored resin material is used to repair chips and cracks on teeth as well as to change the shape of a tooth or to close gaps between teeth. It can also be used to repair a decayed tooth or to fully restore badly damaged teeth. It’s called bonding because the resin is literally bonded to the surface of the tooth. The resin that is used is matched closely with the color of your teeth so that it looks exactly like your natural teeth when the process is done. In this way, it’s a simple, comfortable solution for minor damage or discoloration to the teeth, restoring individual teeth to a natural look and feel.
The procedure typically takes from thirty to sixty minutes per tooth and begins with slightly roughening the surface of the tooth and applying a conditioning liquid. Then the putty-like resin is put on the tooth surface and molded to create the desired result. Once the tooth repair or correction is done, a special light is used to harden the resin and bond it to your tooth. Bonding materials usually last from three to ten years before needing to be touched up or replaced.
Dentists generally choose dental bonding for places with minor damage, especially on the front teeth. Because front teeth don’t experience as much direct pressure as molars, they are a good option for bonding, which tends to be just a bit weaker than other restoration options. Also, because it’s a minor process, it’s a good option for places of minor concern, where aesthetics are the greatest issue.
Restore your natural smile!
Do you have stained or yellowing teeth? Visit Smile Focus today and get your teeth whitened to get the bright smile you deserve! Teeth whitening is a simple process that can brighten up your smile and get rid of the stains on your teeth. Your dentist will advise two agents for the teeth whitening process; hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide which are bleaching agents that break down the stains on your teeth. Whitening toothpastes contain agents which can polish the teeth and are effective at removing stains. During your in-office whitening, your dentist will apply a bleach to help whiten your teeth and may use a special laser or light to facilitate the action of the bleach. For bleaching your teeth at home, a weaker bleach in the form of a gel or a strip may be used to make the teeth whiter.
Since tooth whitening is not effective on all teeth
your dentist will advise you whether the process will work for you. Tooth whitening works better on teeth which are yellowing than on teeth which have become brown or gray.
Why do your teeth stain despite regualr brushing?
Certain foods and drinks can stain your teeth; drinks like coffee, tea and wine have pigments which attach to the outer part of your tooth and color it. Smoking and tobacco use may also stain teeth. Certain medications, age, and even injury can cause discoloration in the teeth and make them appear yellowish.
Don’t let yellowing teeth bring you down, get your confidence and your beautiful smile back today by getting your teeth whitened at Smile Focus!