It’s Not James Bonding…It’s Dental Bonding

dental bondingDental bonding may be just the ticket if you’re looking for a less expensive but proven cosmetic dental procedure. Bonding uses a tooth-colored composite resin to improve the appearance of a chipped or dark tooth, close gaps between teeth, or change the shape of a mis-shapen tooth. Bonding is also a great alternative to silver amalgam fillings because it can protect the root of the tooth if it has been exposed due to receding gums, and because the whiter color of the resin is much less noticeable than silver.

If you think you may be a candidate for a bonding procedure, call to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your treatment goals. At that time, your dentist will use a shade guide to select the composite resin color that most closely matches the color of your tooth. The surface of your tooth will be slightly etched and it will then be lightly coated with a conditioning liquid to help the bonding material adhere to your tooth.

Your dentist will then apply a soft, tooth-colored resin material, molding and smoothing it until it is the desired shape. The resin material is then hardened with an ultraviolet light. Once the resin material hardens, your dentist will trim, shape and polish it until it matches the rest of your tooth’s surface.

Bonding can be done in a single visit and usually takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete. If you’re having more than one tooth done, you may need to schedule more time or additional visits.

Bonding resin is easier to break or chip than other cosmetic treatments, such as veneers. It also stains. To prevent or minimize staining, avoid drinking tea, coffee, wine or other staining foods and drinks for the first 48 hours after your bonding procedure.

And remember: To maintain the look of your new bonded teeth, brush and floss twice a day and visit your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning.

Smile! Summer is almost here! Call for a consultation appointment, today, to learn more about dental bonding: (413) 781-7645.

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