Understanding Dental Bonding
Dr. Fling uses the same durable material for bonding as we do for tooth-colored fillings. We can select a shade of composite resin that matches your other teeth, allowing your smile to appear very natural. Like porcelain veneers, dental bonding is a versatile procedure. It can address:
- Minor damage, such as chips and cracks
- Dental stains that do not respond to whitening treatments
- Uneven or unusually shaped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Slightly overlapped or crooked teeth
Dental bonding is a suitable cosmetic procedure for a wide range of patients because it does not require alteration of the original tooth. Bonding is an effective option for patients who have suffered enamel erosion.
Prior to your treatment, Dr. Fling will mix the composite solution to achieve a shade that blends well with your surrounding teeth. Since alteration of the tooth is not required, there is no need for anesthetic, and the procedure is virtually painless. To protect your gums and other teeth, we may apply strips between your teeth.
We may use a mild acidic solution to lightly etch your tooth surface. This process creates a stronger bond for the composite material. Once your tooth is ready, Dr. Fling will apply the composite resin in layers. He can shape the material to refine the shape of your tooth and hide minor orthodontic issues, creating a more symmetrical look.
Once he has achieved the desired results, we use a UV light to harden the resin. After checking again for symmetry and a comfortable bite, we will polish the surface of the bonded teeth for the most natural look. For a more dramatic transformation, Dr. Fling can include dental bonding as part of a smile makeover for dramatic results.
Composite resin looks natural, so friends and family will not be able to tell the difference between your bonded and non-bonded teeth.
Taking Care of Your Bonded Tooth
With proper care, your bonding treatment can several years. You should follow a diligent oral care regimen that includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings and exams. Composite resin is not immune to dental stains, so you should avoid staining foods and beverages. The material can also chip and break, so chewing on hard objects, such as ice cubes or finger nails, should be avoided.
Transform Your Smile Today
Dental bonding can give you a whiter, straighter, and more symmetrical smile. Composite resin looks natural, so friends and family will not be able to tell the difference between your bonded and non-bonded teeth. With proper care, you will be able to enjoy a confidence-boosting smile for years to come. If you are ready to take the first step in achieving a more aesthetic smile, contact us online or call (405) 848 6743 today to schedule your consultation.