Dental bonding is an affordable, fast, and non-invasive way to restore your smile and treat minor cosmetic flaws like gaps in your teeth, stains, and misshapen teeth. Learn more about this treatment below, or contact Nashoba Valley Dental now to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Matthew Annese.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment that is used to correct a wide variety of cosmetic dental issues. It involves the use of dental resin, which is applied directly to your teeth and shaped to restore the shape and color of the tooth.
The process is completely non-invasive. Dr. Matthew Annese will begin your treatment by coating the tooth with a mild acid to roughen the enamel. Then, he will apply a gel-like resin material to the surface of the tooth, and use special tools to shape and harden the resin and restore the tooth.
Once the overall shape of the tooth looks right, Dr. Annese will check your bite, and refine the shape of the tooth using a dental drill, ensuring it fits in perfectly with the surrounding teeth. This process takes about 30-60 minutes. Typically, multiple teeth can be bonded in a single appointment, so bonding allows you to restore your smile quickly.
Dental bonding is often used to treat a wide variety of cosmetic flaws and imperfections, including:
Dental bonding, along with shaping and contouring (enameloplasty) can resolve a wide variety of cosmetic issues, restoring your confidence and self-esteem.
However, it’s important to note that bonding is not a restorative treatment. It cannot be used to treat broken, decayed, or otherwise damaged teeth. For those purposes, a treatment like a dental filling or a dental crown will be necessary.
Dental bonding does not require any special oral care or maintenance. After your teeth are treated, you should continue brushing them normally. Brush twice a day and floss once a day to keep your smile healthy, and make sure to see Dr. Annese for a teeth cleaning and oral exam every 6 months.
However, it’s important to note that bonded teeth can be prematurely dislodged or damaged by a few common habits and behaviors.
You should not chew extremely hard foods like ice or almonds with your bonded teeth, if possible. You also should avoid chewing on non-food objects like pens, erasers, or pencils, and avoid using your teeth as “tools” to open packaging, rip tape, or for any other such purpose.
If you’re interested in the benefits of dental bonding or any other cosmetic treatment at Nashoba Valley Dental, Dr. Matthew Annese is here to help. Contact us online or call us at (978) 425-9088 to explore your options in more detail and get a customized smile treatment plan.