Tooth bonding or dental bonding is one of the least expensive and easiest procedures in cosmetic dentistry. In this process, a tooth-colored resin material is applied, and then using a special light, it is hardened. This material bonds to the tooth, improving and restoring your smile. Fort Lauderdale cosmetic dentist Dr. Charles Nottingham has years of experience in tooth bonding and can provide patients with natural looking and lasting results.
Benefits of Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
Tooth bonding can effectively address a wide range of both dental health and cosmetic concerns with an economical solution:
- Repairing decayed teeth
- Repairing cracked or chipped teeth
- Improving discolored teeth
- Closing spaces or gaps between the teeth
- Making the teeth appear longer
- Changing the teeth’s shape
- Replacing old fillings
- Protecting a certain section of the tooth’s root which has been exposed due to gum receding
The tooth bonding procedure begins with a consultation and exam to plan your treatment. A visit will be scheduled for your bonding procedure, which typically is complete in one visit.
Once the tooth has been prepared, the tooth colored putty like resin will be applied. It will be smoothed and molded to achieve the right shape. The material is then hardened via a laser or ultraviolet light. After it hardens, the material will be further shaped, trimmed, and then polished till it matches the shine of the rest of your teeth. This entire process typically takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes.
How To Care for Bonded Teeth
Bonded teeth usually don’t require any special care. Good dental hygiene practices like brushing teeth twice a day, flossing at least once every day, and going for regular dental checkups will keep your bonded teeth healthy. During routine visits Dr. Nottingham will examine your bonded teeth to spot any early signs of wear or damage that should be addressed.
Ready to smile confidently again? If you have been embarrassed by teeth that are severely discolored, chipped or misshapen, schedule a consultation to learn more about how cosmetic tooth bonding can enhance your unique smile!