What is dental bonding?
Also known as cosmetic bonding, this treatment entails bonding a dental resin directly to the front surface of your teeth. The process is simple and can be completed in one office visit. In some cases, bonding can adhere to your tooth without the need for anesthetic. The bonding material is made of a composite resin that is pliable at first, can be molded to the shape of a tooth, and then cured with a special light. Once cured, composite is durable and could last for years. Also, composite is available in many shades so that the most perfect color can be chosen to blend with your other teeth.
Reasons to Choose Cosmetic Bonding
Cosmetic bonding is an affordable option to repair a damaged tooth or enhance your smile when teeth whitening does not provide the long-lasting results that you prefer. Cosmetic bonding also has been referred to as “instant orthodontics” because it can be bonded to teeth that appear twisted or slightly misaligned, without the need for orthodontics.
Other reasons to choose cosmetic bonding include:
- Repair a chipped tooth
- Fill gaps between teeth
- Cosmetically restore discolored or stained teeth
- Correct the appearance of slightly crooked teeth
How is dental bonding applied?
Dental bonding can be completed in one office visit.
The process of dental bonding includes:
- Carefully choosing a color to match your adjacent teeth
- Apply a mild acid to etch microscopic grooves in the tooth surface
- Rinse, and then dry the tooth
- Apply the resin and shape it to look natural
- Harden the material with a blue wavelength light
- Refine the final shape to give you a beautiful, natural result
While bonding will not last forever, proper care can extend your results.
Follow these tips to help ensure your tooth-colored bonding lasts for years:
- Limit or avoid tobacco
- Limit or avoid consumption of foods and beverages known to cause staining
- Receive routine dental cleanings and exams
- Practice at-home oral hygiene (brush twice a day, floss daily)
- Avoid using your teeth to bite down on hard objects, chew fingernails, or open packages
- If you grind your teeth at night, as about a nightguard to protect your teeth
Dental Bonding in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire
At Lake Forest Smiles, our cosmetic dentists have the training and experience to give you beautiful results from our bonding procedures. Ready to learn more or find out if cosmetic bonding is right for you? Contact Lake Forest Smiles by calling (847) 234-4800. Drs. Campbell and Schmidt have been providing elite dental care to the communities of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire for more than 30 years. We welcome you to our practice.