01 Mar 2021

What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

Nothing makes a great first impression like flashing a bright, beautiful smile! But when you have chipped, stained, or discolored teeth, you may not be leaving people with the impression you intended. The good news, my friend, is that there is hope!

Through a procedure known as “cosmetic dental bonding,” it is possible to restore your teeth to their former glory.

Interested in learning more about cosmetic bonding services in San Diego and how they can improve your smile? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about this innovative technology that is making waves in the field of cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic Bonding in San Diego

Dental bonding is used in cosmetic dentistry as a way to improve the appearance of the teeth. It is used on patients that may have gaps or chipped, stained, broken, or cracked teeth. During this procedure, a tooth-colored resin material is applied to the surface of your teeth.

The William V. Carlo DMD dental office in San Diego can use dental bonding to help resolve several issues, including:

  • Fixing gaps between teeth
  • Repairing chipped, fractured, or cracked teeth
  • Reshaping irregularly shaped teeth
  • Fixing short teeth
  • Repairing damage from decay and discoloration
  • Protecting tooth roots that have become exposed as the result of receding gum lines

For those who are not interested in veneers or do not qualify for this procedure, cosmetic bonding can be a great alternative. People often request bonding over veneers because this procedure is much more affordable and typically does not require shaving down and reshaping your natural tooth.

How Does Dental Bonding Work in Cosmetic Dentistry?

The beauty of cosmetic dental bonding is that the procedure can be completed in-house at a dentist near you. It may be possible to complete the procedure in one visit if the patient only needs one or a few teeth repaired.

What to Expect Before the Procedure

There is very little preparation required on the part of the patient. However, before your scheduled appointment, you should be sure to brush and floss. If you haven’t seen your dentist in a while, you should also consider scheduling a dental cleaning in advance of your bonding appointment.

Your dentist will prepare the bonding resin after finding a color that closely matches your natural teeth. The resin can be molded and shaped as desired to match your natural teeth.

You may need a local anesthetic depending on what repairs your tooth requires. In some cases, the dentist will need to drill out and smooth down your tooth if the affected area is located near a nerve. However, no anesthesia is required if you are only getting repairs made to the tooth surface.

What to Expect During the Procedure

When the big day finally arrives, the dentist will start by roughening the surface of the tooth. From there, a conditioning fluid will be applied to secure the resin to your teeth. At this point, the resin is ready to be molded and shaped. Once it has been smoothed down, the dentist will use a bright light to cure and harden the resin (this part of the process only takes a few seconds to complete).

The resin will continue to be smoothed and trimmed down until it has a natural look and feel in your mouth. The entire process takes between 30 minutes to an hour per tooth. The time varies depending on how much repair is needed to the tooth beforehand.

What to Expect Following the Procedure

After your bonding procedure, it’s completely normal to experience some tooth sensitivity for a few days, especially if any enamel was removed. A few over-the-counter painkillers will help you manage any discomfort during this period. You should also consume mild, soft foods and avoid anything too hot or too cold while recovering.

How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

Bonding resin is durable, but it will never be as strong as your natural teeth. This means that you will have to take precautions to avoid damaging your teeth. Chewing ice, nibbling on pens and pencils, and biting your nails are all activities that you should refrain from doing.

If you’re a person who grinds your teeth while sleeping, you should consider wearing a mouth guard to protect your teeth. Teeth grinding can wear your teeth down and damage the bonding resin.

You should also note that smoking or drinking tea, coffee, or soda will stain the resin. Unfortunately, when this happens, whitening treatments will not correct the issue. If you don’t want to give up your favorite beverages, then you should use a straw to keep these liquids off of your teeth.

Dental bonding can last up to a decade if you take good care of your teeth. However, if you do experience additional chips, staining, or cracks before then, your dentist will be able to fix the affected areas.

Pros and Cons of Cosmetic Dental Bonding

There are very few risks with dental bonding, however, you should note that in extremely rare cases, some people may be allergic to bonding resin. Before the procedure takes place, any infections or decay should be removed and treated, otherwise, the issue will continue to spread and will eventually require you to get a root canal or tooth extraction.

The main concern that people have with dental bonding is that it is less durable and stain-resistant than dental veneers or fillings. That is why dentists typically recommend this procedure for small-scale repairs.

Dental bonding is one of the most cost-effective solutions available in cosmetic dentistry. It’s a quick and easy procedure to complete because the tooth covering does not need to be manufactured by a third-party vendor.

Is Cosmetic Bonding the Right Solution for You?

Dr. William V. Carlo uses state-of-the-art procedures to restore and enhance the natural beauty of your smile. To learn more about cosmetic bonding, contact our dental office in San Diego today to schedule a consultation.

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