Tooth bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. It can yield dramatic results in a single office visit. The treatment involves applying a plastic or resin material to the portion of the tooth structure that shows most prominently when you smile. This material can be used to improve the tooth shape or size, or to conceal small dental imperfections. The results look very natural and can last for many years with the proper care and attention.
Tooth bonding can accomplish a variety of cosmetic objectives, including the following:
Dental bonding is popular and well tolerated for a few reasons: it is inexpensive, fast and can be conveniently completed in a single appointment. There is minimal preparation needed and no anesthesia is required.
Before the bonding material is applied to the tooth, the gums are protected and a special phosphoric acid solution is applied to the surface of the natural teeth. This solution etches the teeth similar to the way sandpaper roughs up a surface. After the acid has been on the teeth for about 15 seconds, it is removed.
Then, a thin coating of putty-like plastic or resin is applied over the front surface of the teeth. The coating comes in many shades to match your natural teeth. The bonding material is sculpted and shaped to the desired specifications; to either conceal a small dental imperfection (e.g., chip, crack) or improve the shape, size or length of the tooth. A high-intensity curing light is directed at the bonding material to harden it. The process may be repeated if needed. Finally, the tooth surface is buffed and polished to give it a beautiful translucence. The bonding should be indistinguishable from the natural tooth enamel. The bonded teeth are uniform in shape and size with the natural teeth. With the proper care and attention, bonding results can last for years.
The team at Dental Health Associates offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments to suit nearly every patient’s needs. For a smile that’s truly a work of art, come to the best dental office in the Toledo area — Dental Health Associates! Contact us today to schedule an informational appointment.
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