Things tend to get damaged over time. Your new car gets dents and parts start to rust. That living room you painted starts to fade and collect scuff marks. Your teeth are no exception. Even if you brush, floss, and visit our Phoenix, AZ dental office regularly, the enamel on your teeth can get damaged. It might not hurt, but it doesn’t look attractive anymore. More importantly, chips and cracks weaken a tooth. They can even let bacteria infect your dental pulp inside the tooth. Dental bonding is a treatment that makes your teeth stronger and look great.Read Transcript
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 Dental 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. It’s normally painless and more affordable than dental veneers.
The Dental Bonding Process
First, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. 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. 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.