Using Dental Bonding to Improve Your Smile

Not everyone is lucky to have perfect teeth, and most of us have at least one or two imperfections in our smile that could do with a little help. Cosmetic dentistry in Newcastle is one good option, and it could be easier than you imagine. One treatment available is dental bonding and can help teeth that have minor imperfections or signs of slight damage. It is a procedure that can often be the simplest and most economical solution.

The procedure uses tooth coloured composite resin to mend teeth in Courtice invisibly. Also, mending teeth with composite resin helps to protect them as any tiny chips or cracks in teeth that aren’t treated can let in disease-causing bacteria, potentially resulting in tooth infections and decay.

How Can Dental Bonding Help?

Dental bonding can help to fix problems that include:

• Restoring chipped teeth, as a tiny chip can often be quickly mended with dental bonding

• Teeth that have been cracked by hard foods, age or tooth grinding

• Filling small to medium-sized cavities in teeth with tooth coloured composite resin

• Replacing amalgam fillings that are leaking or crumbling or older composite fillings that may have become stained

• Reshaping teeth that might have unsightly gaps between them or which are slightly too small or not quite the right shape or length

• Masking the appearance of discoloured teeth

The procedure for dental bonding is quite straightforward and can often be completed in a single visit to West Bowmanville Family Dental. After determining your teeth are suitable for dental bonding, our dentist can carefully prepare the tooth, removing any areas that may be decayed or damaged before treating the tooth surface to increase the bond between the composite resin and your tooth. We keep a huge range of different shades of composite resin in stock and can closely match the resin to the natural translucency and colour of your tooth. Sometimes we use several shades to get precisely the right look. The composite resin is added directly to the tooth surface in tiny increments, and we harden it using a special light. Finally, the composite resin is shaped and polished, so it looks just like a natural tooth.

Sometimes dental bonding is used with another procedure called enamel recontouring, where only a small amount of tooth enamel is safely removed to create a more cosmetically perfect appearance.

Looking after Bonded Teeth

After having dental bonding in Clarington, it’s important to care for your bonded teeth as this will help ensure your teeth remain looking good for longer. The most important thing is to make sure you maintain an excellent oral care routine, including brushing twice daily and flossing once-a-day. Also, be sure to come and see our dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings to help keep your smile bright and healthy. Regular hygiene appointments are especially important because this helps to remove hardened plaque or calculus from teeth that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Also, having your teeth cleaned professionally helps to remove some surface stains, leaving your teeth looking and feeling sparkling clean.

In between dental visits and oral care, you can treat bonded teeth just as you would your natural teeth, so avoid using them to bite into very hard items like candies or ice, and don’t use your teeth as tools. These habits can break your natural teeth, and they can chip and damage bonded teeth. The composite resin used to bond teeth will eventually become stained, but you can help keep it brighter for longer by limiting your consumption of highly coloured foods like tea, coffee, red wine and berries and other foods that could stain teeth.

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