When you smile, the first thing that others take notice of is your teeth. When your teeth are anything less than perfect, this can lead you to become self-conscious. You do anything and everything you can to hide your smile. Did you know that this can even impact how people perceive you? If your teeth have you hiding behind tight lips or your hand, composite bonding from John T. Black DMD PA can help.
What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding is a procedure that uses a composite resin material to restore a damaged or imperfect tooth. This tooth colored material can be used to fix a variety of different issues:
How Does It Work?
The process for dental bonding is fairly simple and straightforward. You don’t even need a local anesthetic. We first prepare the tooth by cleaning it and drying it thoroughly. Next, we apply an acidic gel, which creates a rough surface on your enamel, giving the bonding material something better to hold on to. The gel is then washed off and your teeth dried again. The bonding material is attached to your affected tooth and we mold and shape it as needed. Once we have the right shape, we dry the material with a special blue light. Finally, we end the procedure by polishing the new material.
Caring for Your Bonding
Composite bonding doesn’t require much extra care than your natural teeth. It is still important that you brush and floss every day and continue to come in for regular cleanings and exams. You should avoid smoking though, as it can easily stain the resin material. Nor should you bite down on anything exceptionally hard, such as popcorn kernels, pens or your fingernails. With proper care, composite bonding can last for several years.
Benefits of Composite Bonding
Composite bonding offers numerous benefits:
Are There Any Drawbacks?
Composite bonding does have a few drawbacks:
During your visits with us, we will be able to help you weight the pros and cons of composite bonding. In most cases, it is a highly successful treatment option.
If imperfections in your teeth have you hiding your smile from everyone you meet, composite bonding can help. With an improved, complete smile, you may suddenly find yourself smiling at every opportunity you get. Call Dr. Black today and find out if composite bonding is right for you.