What is tooth bonding?
Tooth bonding involves applying a resin to your teeth to improve their appearance. Dr. Dost or Dr. Kara might recommend this treatment if you have any of the following dental problems:
- Minor chips or cracks
- Tooth discoloration
- Gaps between teeth
- Tooth decay
- Unevenly shaped teeth
- Teeth that differ in length
Why should I consider tooth bonding?
Tooth bonding can restore a more natural appearance to your teeth or give them a more even appearance. It can even make your teeth look longer or change their shape so they fit in better with the surrounding teeth.
Tooth bonding isn’t just cosmetic, though. You can also have it done to protect a tooth root that’s exposed because of receding gums. Tooth bonding also offers a more cost-effective and less-intrusive way to cover or fix minor flaws compared to other treatments, such as veneers.
What happens during tooth bonding?
When you have tooth bonding done, Dr. Dost or Dr. Kara will first choose a composite resin shade that matches your natural tooth color. They’ll either apply this resin directly to your affected teeth and sculpt it over them, or they might use adhesive bonding to improve the appearance of your teeth. If they use adhesive bonding, they’ll apply the resin material to your teeth and use a curing light to harden it.
How do I care for my bonded teeth?
Tooth bonding should last for at least a few years, assuming you take good care of them. In fact, you should care for your bonded teeth just as you care for your natural teeth: Brush and floss after meals and have routine cleanings done to keep plaque from building up on them.
Keep in mind that the resin used for tooth bonding isn’t as durable as your natural teeth, so it’s important to make sure you don’t chip them. Avoid biting your fingernails or hard objects, and be careful about the foods you eat. Biting into hard, crunchy foods, for example, can cause the resin to crack or chip.
If you want to know more about tooth bonding, please contact Dr. Robert C. Dost & Associates to make an appointment.