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August 15, 2014

Dental Bonding Could Be the Answer

Dental Bonding is a Cosmetic procedure that can improve your smile by filling in gaps or repairing chips and cracks. If your teeth are shorter than you would like, Dental Bonding can also make your teeth appear longer. Your dentist can determine if Dental Bonding will work to repair decayed teeth or whiten discolored teeth. If the roots of your teeth have been exposed because of gum disease, Dental Bonding may be the perfect solution. Unlike Dental Veneers, Dental Bonding can usually be done in one dental appointment. Veneers can sometimes take up to three dental visits.

According to Colgate, there is little preparation required for Dental Bonding. Thankfully, anesthetic is usually not required unless Dental Bonding is being used to replace a silver amalgam filling or repair a cavity.

If your dentist has determined that you are a good candidate for Dental Bonding, a shade guide will be used to select a resin color that closely matches the color of your natural tooth. After a color has been chosen, your dentist will etch or roughen the surface of the tooth or teeth that are to be bonded. Etching allows the resin bonding material to adhere to your tooth or teeth. After your tooth or teeth have been etched, your dentist will apply a conditioning liquid to allow the resin bonding material to adhere directly to your tooth.

Once your dentist has applied the conditioning liquid, a putty like material that matches the color of your teeth will be used before being molded into its desire shape. Much like a sculptor, your dentist will smooth the resin before a laser or light is used to harden or cure the Dental Bonding material. Once the resin has hardened, your dentist will continue to shape and trim before polishing.

Each Dental Bonding application takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete and is the least expensive Cosmetic Dental Restorative procedure available. Unlike Dental Veneers or Dental Crowns, Dental Bonding is the least invasive as there is little or no enamel removal required.

Dental Bonding is best for small cosmetic procedures as it is not as strong as regular fillings, Dental Veneers or Dental Crowns. If you do have Dental Bonding, your dentist recommends that you never chew on ice or anything else as the bonding material can break or chip.

If you would like more information regarding Dental Bonding, schedule an appointment with your dentist who will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for Dental Bonding.

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3904 South Lynn Court, Independence, MO 64055 USA
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