What Does it Mean to Have Your Teeth Bonded?

BondingWhat Does It Mean To Have Teeth Bonded?

No matter the age, everyone has a sweet tooth for something salty, something crunchy, something chocolatey or something chewy. The problem is that none of those foods are good for one's teeth. While it can be easy to shrug the shoulders and continue eating these foods on a regular basis, it can be difficult to keep up regular brushing and flossing for clean teeth.

Thus, people eat crunchy foods haphazardly and damage a tooth. Fortunately, dental bonding is an effective solution.

Why Choose Dental Bonding?

While there are various options to repair cracked or chipped teeth, dental bonding is an effective and efficient solution. A dental veneer or crown can take several appointments to place. Dental bonding will take one appointment.

Veneers and crowns do have their uses but are more costly and time-consuming than dental bonding. Dental veneers also require the removal of tooth enamel and are irreversible.  Whereas, dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that does not require the removal of the natural tooth enamel, bringing the additional advantage of not needing to give the patient any local anesthetic.

What You Need to Know About Dental Bonding

The dental bonding process is quite painless. A small disadvantage to dental bonding is that the bonding materials that repair the broken tooth are not as strong as that of a crown, filling or veneer. Thus, there is a chance that dental bonding can chip or crack again.

It is also good to remember that bonded teeth do not resist staining, so it is important to keep up good oral hygiene habits twice a day.

Oral Hygiene Tips

Brushing and flossing with a soft bristled brush, as well as rinsing with a non-alcoholic antiseptic rinse at home can help continue one's oral health. It is also crucial to visit the dentist at least once every six months for a regular cleaning. Since the material used for tooth bonding is not strong, most dentists will use this method of repair where the tooth or teeth do not need to exert a lot of bite pressure.

Things to Keep in Mind

Speaking of bite pressure, it would be wise to curtail the nail-biting habit; tearing packages open with one's teeth; chewing hard candies such as taffy, peanut brittle; munching on frozen ice; or chewing on a pencil.

The process of tooth bonding will first entail roughing up the tooth and applying a liquid to condition tooth that helps the resin bonding material to adhere to the tooth. A putty-like resin is then applied to tooth or teeth and smoothed to the desired shape of tooth or teeth that surround. A bright blue light or laser is used on the tooth being repaired to quickly harden the material and — Voila.

The job is done except for final dental trimming, shaping, and polishing to match the rest of the teeth. If you are interested in dental bonding or scheduling an appointment, give us a call.

Call (954) 281-1231 today to reach Smiles By Julia.

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