One of the simplest and quickest cosmetic dental procedures we perform at South Hadley Dental Group in South Hadley, MA is dental bonding. It’s an excellent option for improving the appearance of stained teeth, visible cracks, chips and breaks, as well as for filling in unwanted gaps.
For teeth that have visible damage, there are many options available such as dental crowns, implants, and veneers. However, dental bonding can be completed in just one visit that is often less than an hour from start to finish. Additionally, dental bonding is very affordable.
Whether it’s just one tooth or several teeth, your expert technician or dentist will have to roughen up the surface of the teeth. This helps to provide traction and grip for the conditioning gel that’s applied before the bonding. The conditioning gel helps the composite resin adhere to your teeth.
Your shade of composite resin—a durable plastic dental bonding material—will be chosen based on the natural color of the healthy teeth that will surround the bonding. Matching your composite resin with a natural stain will disguise the dental bonding for unnoticeable results.
The composite resin is placed over the conditioning gel and shaped to achieve the desired outcome. A special light is then shone over the composite resin to harden the material. From there, the applied material is trimmed, shaped, and polished down to look like a real tooth.
Each individual’s timeline is unique to their personal circumstances. The composite resin will become stained over time, but this can be avoided by abstaining from consuming substances that can compromise the color. This includes cigarette smoke, black tea, coffee, and red wine. Tough and chewy or hard foods can also shorten the lifespan of your dental bonding.
Most patients experience success with dental bonding for at least five to 10 years.
Of course, adequate oral hygiene is necessary. We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day, as well as flossing at least once a day.
Our talented team at South Hadley Dental Group can transform your smile and boost your confidence. We provide the best dental care in South Hadley, MA.