When it comes to oral hygiene and taking good care of teeth, there are safe and effective treatment options available for every problem. Teeth bonding is an option that offers one-time visit to the dentist solutions to some of the most common concerns, including correcting cosmetic imperfections and preventing and treating tooth decay. The basic procedural method for teeth bonding uses composite resin—a sturdy plastic material that can be matched to the color of natural teeth—ensuring a smile that is both healthy and radiant.
About Tooth Bonding
Teeth bonding is used for correcting small areas of a damaged tooth by altering its shape or color. It is a more temporary solution than veneers or crowns, but because it does little damage to a tooth’s structure, bonding is an excellent alternative to consider. It is used in a variety of ways:
- To fill in a small gap between two teeth
- To repair decayed teeth by filling a cavity with tooth-colored resin
- To change the shape of a tooth
- To repair chips or cracks in teeth
- To cover up discoloration
- To protect the root of a tooth after it’s been exposed by receding gums
- To make a tooth look larger than it is, which is usually done to make it match the other teeth
Teeth Bonding Procedure
The teeth bonding process begins with an initial consultation and exam at TM Prosthodontics, the dental office Miami practice of Dr. Tal Morr. A appointment will be scheduled to prepare the tooth (or teeth) for bonding. The resin is applied to the tooth in layers, so it can be molded to the desired+ shape. A UV light is held over each layer to “cure” the resin and harden it. The result is a healthy-looking tooth that blends in naturally with the rest of the teeth.
Maintaining Your New Smile
Direct tooth bonding tends to require a bit more maintenance than either porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Because of this, it’s often considered a temporary correction. However, many people prefer bonded teeth as their permanent solution because the procedure is typically a bit less expensive than porcelain veneers.
While bonding can be a permanent solution, the material used is not as hard as an actual tooth. This means it is wise to be a bit cautious when eating or biting certain things. It is also wise to steer clear of food or drink that can stain the bonding for at least a few days after the dental work is done. It also may be a good idea to avoid coffee, tea, and wine and colorful foods such as berries for a few days until the bonds are set.
Any option is a good one, and to help in making dental decisions, Dr. Tal Morr, dentist in Miami FL, provides consultations at his Miami dentists office, TM Prosthodontics.