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Questions About Dental Bonding

Many patients can develop stains on their teeth that regular whitening solutions cannot remove. In these cases, you can talk to your dentist about an alternative solution to teeth bleaching. Dental bonding is one such solution, a procedure that can cover the discolorations on your teeth to give you a brighter smile. Bonding can usually be completed in one visit, and can cover a variety of imperfections in your teeth.

What is Esthetic Bonding?

Bonding involves covering areas of the tooth with a composite resin that can also be used to create tooth fillings. It can be bonded to your teeth and fix problems such as stains, cracks, chips, jagged edges, and asymmetrical teeth. The material is molded into the proper shape, then hardened and polished.

Why Use Bonding Material?

Bonding is fast and relatively inexpensive. The resin is matched to your teeth’s color to provide a natural look, and it can adhere to your teeth with very little enamel manipulation required. The procedure is minor enough that it does not typically require the administration of anesthesia.

How Do You Take Care of Bonded Teeth?

The resin can be chipped, so avoid chewing on things like ice, or your fingernails. However, you do not usually have to do anything special to take care of the material, besides practicing good oral hygiene: brush your teeth twice a day, floss once, and eat healthy meals that promote healthy teeth and gums. The resin is liable to stain, and is not as durable as some other treatments, so regular maintenance may be required. If your bonding does chip or become stained, contact us to restore or replace it.

Are There Alternative Solutions?

Porcelain veneers are another treatment for many cosmetic imperfections. These are created in a trusted dental lab from porcelain, and are attached to your teeth to cover stains, chips, or gaps. They generally last longer than bonding materials, and look more natural due to the lifelike appearance of dental porcelain.

To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling our office at (203) 878-6699. The specialists at Sensitive Care Cosmetic & Family Dentistry proudly serve patients and their families in Milford, Stratford, West Haven, New Haven, and all surrounding communities.

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