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If you have chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth, you know how much it affects your self-esteem and your self-image. If you are looking for some help with these dental issues, you need look no further. Brentwood Dental Spa in Brentwood California and Brentwood Dental Spa in Los Angeles, California are experts in the field of cosmetic dentistry.
The following paragraphs provide a brief description of a cosmetic dentistry treatment called bonding. Read on to discover the benefits, the process, and the bonding treatments for teeth.
Bonding Reshapes Your Smile The Way It Should Look
Tooth bonding is a cosmetic procedure that applies a composite resin material to your tooth to
- Mend an injured surface,
- Resurface a tooth to remove discoloration, or
- Make a chipped tooth whole.
Cosmetic dentists sometimes use bonding to close a small gap between teeth or to increase the length of a tooth that is shorter than others.
Tooth bonding is an inexpensive alternative to crowns or veneers. It’s also a popular alternative because the process doesn’t usually require special preparation on your part, painkillers, or repeated visits to the dentist’s chair. The procedure is quick, usually lasting up to an hour unless you are also having other restorative work done at the same time. Bonding also is non-invasive, so you can easily return to your regular schedule after the appointment.
Toss Anxiety Out the Window: This Process Is A Breeze
The first task your dentist completes in the bonding process is to match the color of the available composite resins as closely as possible to the natural color of your teeth. Next, the dentist will treat the surface of your tooth, so the resin will easily stick. After he roughens up the tooth surface, the dentist applies a liquid that helps the resin stick to the tooth. The resin goes on top of the liquid, and the dentist sculpts the resin into the appropriate shape. As a final step, the dentist applies UV light to the resin to make it harden. If necessary, the dentist can finish sculpting after the resin hardens. Time expended: 60 minutes or less.CERAC: Same Day Dental Bridge Creation and Placement
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Bonding Means Benefits Without Risks
Unlike some other medical or dental procedures, bonding carries no major risks. If there is a downside to consider, it is that the composite resin is not as strong as your natural teeth. In practical terms, that means you need to watch what you chew with a bonded tooth to avoid chipping or otherwise damaging the resin bond:
- No pencils or pen chewing
- No fingernail biting
- No hard candy or hard food
- No smoking or drinking a lot of tea or coffee (they both stain resin).
In addition, teeth that carry severe decay may need the strength of crowns or veneers rather than the bonding process.
The average bonding lasts 5-10 years before you will need to replace the composite resin.
Taking the next step
Fixing broken, chipped, or discolored teeth increases self-confidence and assurance in your appearance. Bonding is an inexpensive way to cosmetically repair those types of defects.
We invite you to contact us to speak with one of our cosmetic expert dentists here at Brentwood Dental Spa in Los Angeles, California. Schedule an appointment with us today, so we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.
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