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The Many Benefits of Dental Bonding

Having an imperfect smile can make you feel self-conscious when you smile. Chipped, cracked, or misaligned teeth can also make it difficult to talk and chew properly. If you’re unhappy with your smile, dental bonding can improve the look and function of defective teeth and give you a smile you’re proud of.

Dental bonding is a restorative cosmetic dental procedure that involves the application of a composite resin to damaged or discolored teeth. The procedure provides many of the same benefits as other cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as veneers and crowns, though often with less time and inconvenience.

Dental bonding specialist Trent W. Smallwood, DDS, of the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts in Tempe, Arizona, helps patients achieve seamless smiles with dental bonding. Dr. Smallwood has the expertise necessary to ensure that your dental bonding results are discrete, so your new smile looks and feels natural. 

Cosmetic and structural improvements

Dental bonding is a versatile procedure that can correct several types of dental problems. 

Cover stains

Dr. Smallwood can use dental bonding to cover over discolored or stained teeth. 

Repair teeth

Because the resin can be molded and shaped, dental bonding can repair structural defects in your teeth. Dental bonding can effectively repair chipped or cracked teeth. Furthermore, it can fill some cavities, so it’s a great alternative to silver-colored amalgam fillings.

Treat sensitivity

Dental bonding can also help resolve tooth sensitivity and pain that results from exposed tooth roots. The condition can occur as the result of receding gums or aggressive brushing. Dental bonding can provide relief by filling in the spaces between your teeth and gums to protect the roots.

Reshape teeth

Dental bonding can change the shape of your teeth or make your teeth appear longer if they’ve been reduced by trauma or grinding. 

Little preparation

You likely won’t have to make time for multiple office visits before your dental bonding procedure, because there’s little preparation necessary. Everything is usually done in one appointment.

For the procedure, Dr. Smallwood usually only works on the surface of the tooth. This means that you can undergo dental bonding without anesthesia in most cases unless the treated tooth has damage from decay. You may also need anesthesia if Dr. Smallwood has to change the shape of a tooth with a drill or work near the nerve of a tooth.

Easy application process

Dental bonding is a relatively easy and inexpensive procedure when considering the dramatic changes it can make. A typical dental bonding procedure takes 30-60 minutes per tooth, with the entire process usually completed in just one visit. 

Before starting the procedure, Dr. Smallwood uses a shade guide to match the color of bonding resin to your natural teeth. He then roughens the surface of the affected tooth and coats it with a liquid that helps the resin bond to your tooth. 

After preparing your tooth, Dr. Smallwood applies the putty-like resin, molding and smoothing it into the proper shape. Then, he polishes the resin until it looks just like your other teeth. An ultraviolet light or laser hardens the material so that it permanently bonds to your tooth.

Low maintenance

Dental bonding doesn’t require special care. Recommended dental hygiene, which includes brushing twice daily, can help maintain your results. Twice yearly checkups can identify signs of wear before problems occur. 

You can maintain your dental bonding results as long as possible by avoiding biting down forcefully or chewing on hard objects, such as ice.  

To find out if dental bonding can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts today.

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