Bonding is one of the least expensive and easiest cosmetic dental procedures. Dental bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin (a type of plastic) to repair a tooth that is chipped, decayed, discolored, or fractured. Bonding resin can be polished and shaped to match surrounding teeth, to close up spaces between teeth, or to change the color or shape of teeth. It is sometimes used as an alternative to amalgam fillings, and also to protect a part of a tooth root that has become exposed due to gum recession.
Who needs bonding?
No one has a perfect set of teeth. Dental hygiene, aging, and previous accidents or injuries may all affect the function and form of your teeth. There are various advantages to choosing teeth bonding instead of veneers, including a shorter wait time and a lower cost.
Patients will schedule an appointment with a Hialeah dentist to discuss possible treatment. Dr. Lilian Gonzalez will utilize a shade guide for the selection of the correct composite resin color which most closely matches the tooth or teeth color. Once she has chosen the correct color, she will imperceptibly etch the tooth surface in order to roughen it a bit. The next step is to lightly coat the tooth with a special conditioning liquid that will help the bonding material to stick.
Once the tooth is ready, Dr. Gonzalez will apply a putty-like, tooth-colored resin. This resin has been smoothed and molded until it is the perfect shape. This material will then be hardened with a laser or ultraviolet light. Once the bonding material has hardened, the Hialeah dentist with further shape and trim it, and then polish the bonding material until it completely matches the luster of the tooth surface. This entire process takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour to complete. It may be necessary to schedule additional time or a subsequent visit if you’re bonding more than one tooth.
What other options are available?
Although teeth bonding can be a permanent solution for discolored, chipped, or misshapen teeth, there are those who use it as more of a transitional treatment while they wait for a more expensive option like veneers. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is applied over the front part of a tooth to correct its shape or color. Veneers are more expensive than bonding, but they are also more durable as well as stain-resistant.
How to take care of bonded teeth
Patients should care for their bonded teeth in the same manner as their natural teeth. They should avoid drinks and food that discolor teeth like red wine or coffee, brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit their dentist regularly.
If you are looking for the best dental bonding in Hialeah, FL, look no further than Dental American Group. Dr. Lilian Gonzalez is a Hialeah dentist who employs the latest bonding treatments available. Contact Dr. Gonzalez and her associates if you are interested in dental bonding.