One of the very first things a person notices about you is your smile. Dental imperfections can have a negative impact on your life and affect how you interact in the world. Many of our patients with dental flaws experience anxiety because of their smiles and do not smile as freely. Our goal is to make your smile, once again, one of your greatest assets. Your smile should never detract from your self-confidence or self-esteem.
Gone are the days in which the only options available were living with unsightly dental problems or conspicuous dental fixes! With today’s advances in technology, the beauty of your smile does not have to be sacrificed for the health of your mouth. A treatment that enables our Boston cosmetic dentistry experts to restore beauty and function to the smiles of our patients is dental bonding. Dental bonding is often an ideal treatment for our patients looking for a more cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing solution to common dental problems.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is the process of improving or restoring one or more teeth by bonding a tooth-colored resin to the front surfaces of the teeth. During the dental bonding process, an etching solution is applied to the teeth that are to undergo treatment. This creates small crevices in the teeth making the front surfaces slightly rough. This slightly rough surface enables the resin to bond to the surface of the teeth. The resin material is applied to the surface of the tooth and is cured with a high-intensity light. Dental bonding usually requires a few layers to achieve optimal results, with each layer normally only taking a few minutes to harden. After this curing process is completed, our cosmetic dentist James M. Stein, D.M.D., sculpts the material to fit the shape of the tooth. Then, the material is polished to match the sheen of the surrounding teeth. The entire dental bonding treatment lasts thirty to sixty minutes per treated tooth.
Dental Bonding Uses
Dental bonding is a quick and relatively inexpensive dental treatment. Not only is dental bonding a good treatment for many dental problems, but it can usually be completed in one dental visit and is virtually painless. Most of our Boston restorative dentistry practice patients do not require anesthesia when undergoing dental bonding unless it is being used in the treatment of a cavity. Another advantage of dental bonding is that very little of the tooth’s enamel is removed, thereby maintaining the integrity of the tooth. Dental bonding may be used in the treatment of a multitude of dental problems, including:
- To repair cracked or chipped teeth
- To close spaces between teeth
- To change the shape of teeth
- To improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored
- To protect the tooth’s root when the gums have receded
- To repair decayed teeth
- As an alternative to amalgam fillings (metal fillings)
- To make teeth appear longer
Contact James M. Stein, D.M.D. Today
To learn more about the many uses of dental bonding, please contact our cosmetic and restorative dentist James M. Stein, D.M.D. today.