A procedure called tooth bonding can refresh your smile to be as good as new! Read on to learn more about how Bass Dentistry in Gastonia, NC can help you achieve your smile goals.
What is Tooth Bonding?
Also called “dental bonding, this is a procedure necessary when there is a minor chip or crack in a tooth, if a patient has a large gap or space to close, or to cover discolored or decayed teeth. Next, dentists use a soft, pliable resin to mend the tooth or fill in the desired space. They can form it into any shape and color so it is identical to your existing teeth!
The highly durable resin used in teeth bonding is also used to fill cavities! As a result, the natural color of the resin is not as noticeable as silver fillings and is most often the better option.
Why Choose Tooth Bonding Over Other Options?
Luckily there are many modern ways to help us improve your smile!
This procedure fixes minor damage, therefore it is not meant to alter your smile completely but offers itself as a solution to small cracks and undesired nicks.
Veneers and crowns are more expensive options that completely alter a patient’s smile. With veneers and crowns, a substance completely covers the tooth, whereas bonding involves repairing a part of the tooth.
Braces are primarily meant to alleviate patients suffering from jaw pain or crowding. Additionally, they realign the patient’s bite and straighten teeth. More severe dental cases that cannot be fixed with bonding would require braces if the symptoms are appropriate.
Furthermore, because veneers last longer, do not stain and are considered more of a cosmetic option, their cost is greater compared to teeth bonding.
What to Expect When Having Your Teeth Bonded
When undergoing this procedure, the dentist prepares by matching a shade of resin to your teeth. Next, after finding the match, they roughen the tooth and apply a liquid bonding agent that allows the resin to stick.
The dentist then takes the resin, places it on the tooth and molds it, then hardens it with ultraviolet light. Additionally, the resin can even be remolded after hardening if needed!
Bonding teeth is a fast procedure that requires no downtime and you can walk out of our office with a brand new smile!
How to Care for Bonded Teeth
Equally important, there is no real difference in care and you can treat them just like real teeth! Caring for bonded teeth includes:
- Brushing twice a day and flossing
- Avoiding hard candies
- No nail-biting
- Avoiding tea, coffee, and red wine because of staining
- Getting regular cleanings every 6 months
Also, this is a fantastic option if you need a quick fix for a minor insecurity, have chipped or damaged teeth, or need to close small spaces. You’ll be surprised at how much you can improve your confidence!
Lastly, Dr. Diana Bass offers cosmetic restoration services that can provide a self-esteem boost and improve the longevity of your smile. We are accepting new patients in and surrounding Gastonia, NC, and welcome you wholeheartedly to the Bass Dentistry family!
If dental health is important to you and your family, take steps to know how to keep your gums healthy. Gum health is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and overall good dental hygiene. Brush and floss multiple times per day, avoid tobacco products, and use a therapeutic mouthwash.
If you want to know more about maintaining a healthy smile, book an appointment today with Bass Dentistry.