Things tend to get damaged over time. Your teeth are no exception. Tooth bonding in Phoenix, AZ is a treatment that makes your teeth stronger and look great. Even if you brush, floss, and visit our office regularly, the enamel on your teeth can get damaged. It might not hurt, but your smile doesn’t look attractive anymore. Dr. Cavendish can help. Tooth bonding is simple, pain-free, and a fast way to improve the look of your smile.
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Tooth bonding is a great option for people more so on a budget. It's not quite the Hollywood smile of a veneer, but we do use great materials nowadays. We use something called nano-composites in our white fillings, and those are actually extremely small particles that are very densely packed. What that does it increases strength and allows us to polish things very good, so it looks like enamel, and that's a great option for people that are a little more economically focused.
Cover Flaws With Tooth Bonding
Dental bonding, also known as cosmetic bonding or tooth bonding, involves a composite resin material carefully placed on the surface of your damaged teeth. It feels a bit like putty. When we put a thin layer on your teeth, it fills in any craters, cracks, or chips. It can even be shaped to cover small gaps or make the edges of your teeth straight and even. In our Phoenix, AZ office, it’s normally painless and more affordable than dental veneers.
The Tooth Bonding Process
First, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Matthew Cavendish, matches the dental bonding material color to your teeth. That way, once it’s applied, it will help your teeth look natural. To make sure the resin bonds well with your teeth, Dr. Matthew Cavendish will lightly etch the enamel on your teeth. Since enamel has no nerve endings, this process is painless. He will then thinly apply the putty-like material to your teeth. Next, he will artfully shape the material to fill in and cover those imperfections. He’ll also smooth it out so it looks like the normal, healthy surface of a tooth.
The material is still pliable, so we will use an ultraviolet light to quickly turn that material hard like tooth enamel. Finally, we will polish the material so it has the same shine as your natural enamel.
Dental Bonding: A Painless Process
Every tooth of yours has nerve endings deep inside. They’re located in the dental pulp underneath the dentin and enamel. Since dental bonding works only on the surface of your teeth, there should be nothing to trigger those nerve endings. It’s rare, but some people can have sensitive teeth. In these cases, we can administer a local anesthetic to help reduce any discomfort.
After-Care Restrictions of Dental Bonding
For the most part, you’ll be able to eat, chew, drink, and more just like you did before getting dental bonding. There’s a very low chance of experiencing some sensitivity immediately afterward, but that clears up very fast. However, you will still need to keep brushing, flossing, and visiting our Phoenix, AZ dental office regularly. The material can collect stains like enamel, so be sure to rinse your teeth with water after drinking coffee, tea, wine, and foods that can darken teeth.
Dental bonding is not as durable as enamel, or we wouldn’t be able to shape it. The material normally lasts up to 10 years before it needs to be retouched.
Dr. Matthew Cavendish was born and raised in Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree and then went on to graduate from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
To learn more about how Phoenix dental bonding can make your teeth look and feel healthy, or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Matthew Cavendish, call our office today at 602-842-6504 or fill out our online form.