As we age, our teeth go through tremendous wear and tear. Not only that, but poor dental hygiene and injuries can damage your teeth. Along with being painful in some cases, these damages affect your bite as well as your smile. Fortunately, Laughlin Dental offers dental bonding as a permanent and affordable way to fix your teeth.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
At Laughlin Dental, we’ll apply composite resin or another material to the surface of your damaged tooth. Before doing this, we’ll select the resin shade that most closely matches the natural shade of your teeth for the most authentic results.
To start the process, your dentist roughens the surface of your affected tooth or teeth. This enables the adhesive resin to grip your tooth surface tightly. After preparing the tooth, your dentist applies the bonding material and shapes it. A special light then allows the adhesive resin to harden and set it.
Once the tooth is in the right shape and the resin is hardened, your dentist polishes the tooth’s new surface to give it a natural sheen like your other teeth. All of these steps for dental bonding usually take place in one visit as part of a pain-free, quick process. After your bonding are in place, you’ll leave the dental office and go back to your daily routine.
Do You Need Dental Bonding?
Bonding fixes many dental issues. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that chipped teeth are the most common reason why individuals seek dental bonding. However, your dentist also uses this resin process to fill gaps between teeth, even out tooth length, cover tooth discoloration, and replace metal fillings.
Bonding is a permanent solution for all of these dental problems associated with chipped, discolored, or misshapen teeth. Some dentists use bonding as a temporary solution while awaiting a more expensive alternative. For instance, Lumineers are more durable than bonding and resist damage better, but they’re more expensive. If your dentist suggests bonding, he or she will discuss options and alternatives with you for your final decision before applying the treatment.
Caring for Bondings
When your teeth are bonded, you’ll care for them like natural teeth. However, keep in mind that bonded teeth stain just like your regular teeth. When possible, you should avoid staining foods and beverages like coffee, red wine, and sodas. With that being said, using a surface stain-removing toothpaste is a good idea for tooth bonding care.
Additionally, bonding material also breaks like natural teeth. Therefore, you should avoid the same things that are damaging to your own tooth surfaces, such as:
- Biting your nails
- Using your teeth to open bottles
- Crunching on hard candies or ice
- Playing physical sports without a mouthguard
Just as you should do with your other teeth, you need to floss and brush your bonded teeth each day. You should also continue seeing our dental team every six months for your other oral hygiene needs.
Dental bonding is an inexpensive means of improving your teeth’s appearance. Taking care of your bondings provides the long-lasting, attractive smile you want without having to replace these surfaces.
Laughlin Dental for Tooth Restoration and Healthy Smiles
It’s important for your entire family to have healthy, strong, and beautiful smiles. Laughlin Dental in Pasadena, Texas provides dental services that tend to your whole family’s needs, including:
Laughlin Dental provides all of these services in one convenient location serving Pasadena, Houston, Deer Park and Pearland, meaning you’ll spend less time driving and missing work for family dental appointments. Call us now at 281-864-0996 for a consultation.