If your smile has an imperfection you’ve always wanted to fix, Dr. Petellin may have an easy solution for you called cosmetic bonding. The same material is used to repair a cavity using a tooth colored filling or cosmetic bonding to correct blemishes, gaps and irregular sized teeth. The procedure is fairly simple, and can be completed in our office with very little preparation.
Think of cosmetic bonding as being similar to sculpting. Since it is used most frequently to correct chipped or gapped teeth, Dr. Petellin works with the bonding material to restore your smile to its most realistic look, feel and luminescence. First, the tooth is prepared by etching it to allow the bonding material to adhere to the tooth. This process is painless, and requires no anesthesia. Then, the bonding material is applied in layers to the tooth to maximize its strength and to create a look that most resembles your natural tooth. Once the desired look has been achieved, the composite is hardened with an ultra-violet light, and shaped and polished into its final form.
While tooth bonding can’t compare to the strength nature has given us, it does come relatively close. With good care, a bonded tooth can last ten to fifteen years for most patients when attention is paid to good dietary and eating habits. For example, as with your natural teeth, liquids such as wine and coffee can stain a bond over time, particularly where the bond meets the natural tooth. Also, if a bond exists on the biting edge of a tooth, it can be vulnerable to breakage. Refraining from snapping into a carrot using a bonded tooth would be a good idea!
Regular brushing and flossing is key, just as it is with your regular teeth. When brushing at home, you’ll want to be sure to use toothpaste that is geared toward the cleaning and care of bonded teeth. Lastly, limiting your intake of alcohol is not only good for oral heath, but doing so also helps protect the bonding material from premature wear.
If you have any more questions about bonding, be sure to ask Dr. Petellin or one of our hygienists. Bonding is one of the most affordable dental procedures available, and can benefit your smile and your self-confidence!
If you would like to learn more about dental bonding, talk Dr. Petellin at your next scheduled appointment or request an appointment below.