Dental Bonding – Lebanon, NH
Kick Little Imperfections to the Curb
Do you have minor aesthetic flaws in your teeth? A tiny chip or a discolored spot might not seem like it is worth correcting. However, if that little imperfection bothers you, we invite you to talk to our team about addressing it. We may recommend dental bonding, a quick and comfortable procedure that can easily disguise small cosmetic dental issues.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
The dental bonding process is simple and can be completed in a single appointment. First, your dentist slightly etches the tooth’s surface to roughen it up and then applies a conditioning liquid. These preparation steps make it easier for the bonding material to adhere to the enamel.
Your dentist will then apply the bonding material, which is a tooth-colored composite resin that is specially shaded to match the dentition around it. It is the same material that we use to fill small cavities. After the resin is in place, your dentist will mold the resin into the desired shape. The bonding process can thereby disguise a number of cosmetic flaws, such as discoloration, cracks, chips, and tiny gaps between the teeth. A special light hardens the resin. Finally, your dentist will make any necessary final adjustments to the bonding.
The Benefits of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding offers several benefits:
- It is one of the least expensive cosmetic dental procedures.
- The process is comfortable. In most cases, no anesthesia is necessary.
- The resin can withstand everyday eating and drinking. It may last for up to five years before replacement becomes necessary.
- The application process does not usually require the removal of any tooth enamel.
- Your dental bonding appointment might be only an hour or so in duration.
Caring for Dental Bonding
To protect your investment in dental bonding, it is important that you take steps to prevent the resin from breaking or incurring stains. Therefore, you should avoid tobacco use, stick to a thorough oral hygiene routine, and enjoy dark beverages (such as coffee and red wine) in moderation. If you grind your teeth or play sports, ask us about getting a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth (and your dental bonding) from trauma.
Is Dental Bonding Right for Me?
Dental bonding might be perfect for you if you are searching for a fast and affordable way to improve the appearance of your teeth. However, keep in mind that dental bonding’s purpose is not to totally transform your smile. It is best for situations in which just one or two teeth have minor flaws that need to be corrected.
After consulting with one of our expert dentists, some patients decide to opt for porcelain veneers instead of bonding. Veneers tend to last longer and have a greater resistance to stains. They may be the best option if you want to completely change the way your smile looks.
Would you like to learn more about dental bonding? Contact Santavicca Dental Professionals to schedule your cosmetic consultation.