“My smile was ugly and awkward. After bonding, I’m no longer afraid to smile in person or in pictures. I am more outgoing and confident in who I am. I truly feel beautiful, inside and out” - Melissa
With direct tooth bonding, a cosmetic dentist can fill grooves and gaps in your smile, and make it look better than new. Bonding is also excellent for replacing old fillings and reducing sensitivity at the gum line due to recession.
Bonding is tooth-colored plastic that the dentist applies to replace worn areas of your teeth and to build up areas where there should be tooth material. With today’s new plastics, a good dentist can achieve fantastic results.
The Art of Tooth Bonding
Carefully matching your tooth color is a real art, and you want to make sure your dentist is skilled at doing so. With a good bonding job, nobody should be able to see any difference between your natural teeth and repaired areas. A bonded filling may restore a healthy tooth’s strength and can potentially glue out decay.
Also, the bonding material must be painstakingly shaped to achieve the proper appearance (and contact surfaces). Proper shaping is an art. This is another important skill to look for in a dentist.
How is Tooth Bonding Applied?
First the dentist carefully chooses a color that matches the color of your adjacent teeth. Then your teeth need to be prepared. You may require a local anesthetic, but it isn’t always necessary. A mild acid is applied to etch finger-like grooves in the tooth. A clear plastic is painted into the grooves and then a tooth-colored plastic is molded to the proper shape. A blue wavelength light hardens the material. Finally, the shape is refined. The whole process typically takes about one hour per tooth.
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