Psychologists have proven that a beautiful smile enhances your personal appearance and improves your self-confidence. Remember your smile is often the first thing people notice about your and the last thing they forget!
A smile is a powerful way for you to communicate. But if you feel self-conscious about your teeth, you may lose this power by not smiling at all or by covering your mouth when you smile. With advances in modern dentistry, there’s no reason you should be unhappy with the way your teeth look.
Cosmetic bonding, often called resin bonding, is when a tooth coloured resin is bonded to your teeth, then sculpted into proper shape. The resin is a composite of semi-liquid acrylic and tiny particles of glass. The composite resin forms a durable, stain-resistant surface that can be polished to mimic the texture of your natural teeth.
In the past, if you tooth was chipped, stained, or cracked, you would probably receive a crown. Today, bonding is a quick and easy solution for many of these problems. The procedure is relatively inexpensive, and it can last for a number of years. The shape and/or colour of teeth can be changed in a relatively short time, influencing the patient’s smile significantly.
While bonding is a wonderful technique, it will not solve all restorative dental problems. Where a large portion of the tooth surface is damaged, a veneer crown may be more advisable. Also, crowns can be placed if there is gross need for change in tooth shape or colour. If only tooth colour change is needed, bleaching or micro abrasion are other alternatives to bonding.
Whether or not bonding is a good choice for you depends on the size and part of your tooth that needs restoration. However, bonding provides simple and effective solutions for teeth that are:
In addition to the above examples, bonding can also restore cavities in front and back teeth, replace old or unattractive “silver fillings,” and repair root abrasions to help prevent cavities and root sensitivity.
Because the tooth surface is left intact, bonding isn’t painful and doesn’t harm the tooth. The procedure is normally completed without local anesthetic or tooth preparation. In most cases, bonding requires only one visit to the dentist.
To bond a tooth, the surface of the tooth is etched with a mild acidic solution. This creates micropores (tiny crevices in the enamel), making the tooth more porous and receptive to the plastic bonding material. Next, the soft, pliable resin is spread over the tooth in layers. A bright beam of light locks the resins onto the tooth surface. Each layer hardens in minutes. After the last coat has been applied and hardened, the bonded material is shaped and polished.
The resin comes in many shades. Your dentist will match the resin to the shade of your natural teeth.
If you have any further questions, ask your dentist about today’s advances in cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile.
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