How to Effectively Revamp Your Smile With Dental Bonding

How to Effectively Revamp Your Smile With Dental Bonding

Cracked or chipped teeth can remove the pep in your step. Your confidence levels can plummet, and you might find yourself shying away from social gatherings. Cracks can happen because of eating hard stuff or through accidents.

Whichever way it happened, there are many solutions in modern dentistry that can restore your smile in a matter of minutes. One of the best solutions for chipped or spaced front teeth is bonding.

Ideally, our dentist in La Grange Park, IL, has many options when it comes to repairing chipped or cracked teeth. However, if the damage is minimal, bonding is the best procedure.

Let’s see what issues will come about if you do not see our dentist in La Grange Park to fix cracked or chipped teeth.

Issues Caused By Chipped or Cracked Teeth

Chipped teeth can cause several dental health problems and cosmetic problems.

When it comes to cosmetic issues, cracked teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. You might not feel like speaking, laughing, or even smiling around your friends and colleagues that you have known for several years. Plus, if your profession involves public interaction, cracked teeth can affect your career.

In terms of dental health, a crack can weaken your teeth, making them more susceptible to more fractures. Tooth sensitivity may increase, especially if pressure is applied on the teeth or if they are exposed to cold or hot temperatures.

About Dental Bonding

Dental bonding falls in a branch of dentistry known as cosmetic dentistry. It is a simple cosmetic procedure that entails applying a resin (plastic) to the teeth. The tooth-colored resin is painted on the tooth to correct the cosmetic imperfections.

This is a relatively inexpensive way of repairing chipped or cracked teeth as compared to crowns and veneers.

The procedure is referred to as bonding since the resin (plastic) bonds to the tooth once it has been applied. The tooth-colored resin is an appropriate material for bonding since our dentist can shape and polish it to blend in and look like the rest of your teeth.

Bonding is a pain-free cosmetic procedure that needs no anesthesia because it is not an invasive procedure.

Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Bonding?

You are an excellent candidate for dental bonding if you desire to:

  • Repair a chipped or cracked tooth
  • Use composite resins as fillings when you have cavities
  • Elongate your teeth
  • Close the gaps between your front teeth
  • Need to reshape your teeth
  • Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • Cover the space where the gums have receded

The flaws that you desire to correct must be cosmetic. If the cracks and chips affect your tooth’s overall strength or structure, you will need to undergo a dental restoration.

How Is Bonding Done?

Dental bonding is not a complex procedure; here are the steps involved:

  • Preparation

Since bonding is not an invasive procedure, you do not need to prepare for it beforehand. Typically, there is no need for anesthesia unless the composite resin is being used as a filling, or the crack is close to the nerve, or your tooth needs reshaping.

  • Bonding

Our dentist in La Grange Park will roughen your teeth’s surface to promote proper bonding of the resin. A conditioning liquid is also applied to aid the bonding material to adhere properly. Then our dentist will use a shade guide to pick out the color that matches your teeth.

After picking the shade, our dentist will apply the resin. It is then molded and shaped to match the rest of your teeth. The teeth will be exposed to a bright light, which hardens the resin. After the hardening is done, the resin will be trimmed, shaped, and polished to match the sheen of your other teeth.

The process typically takes an average of 60 minutes to bond a tooth.

After Care

To reap the benefits of bonding for a long time, you have to maintain proper oral habits. This is what you can do:

  • Avoid hard food and candy
  • Avoid biting your nails
  • Visit our dentist regularly
  • Brush your teeth after meals each day and floss daily
  • Avoid using tea, coffee, and tobacco the first few days after the procedure

With proper care, bonding should last about ten years. However, after a few years, you can see our dentist at James M. Fieldhouse DDS and get some touch-up work to prolong the results.

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