If one or more of your teeth is chipped, cracked or stained, you might consider a dental bond to restore the look of your teeth. Bonding is comparatively inexpensive, can be done in a single visit, and usually requires no preparation or anesthesia unless decay needs to be removed and that section of your tooth needs to be repaired. One of the advantages of bonding is that the bond can be shaped and colored to blend in with the rest of your smile. It can also improve the length of a tooth and decrease the spaces between teeth.
Once your dentist has found the shade resin that matches the color of your tooth, he will roughen the edges of the tooth, and coat it with a conditioning liquid to help the bond adhere to it. When the tooth is ready, the resin will be molded into the desired shape. When it has hardened, the bond will be polished until it blends in with the rest of your teeth.
For the first 48 hours after the procedure, you should refrain from tobacco, tea, coffee, red wine and other drinks and food that can stain your teeth. Keep in mind that bonding is a cosmetic improvement to your teeth. It is possible to damage a dental bond by chewing on objects or ice, or by clenching your teeth. However, with the proper care, and with good oral hygiene, a dental bond can last for around ten years.
If your smile could use some improvement, make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Roberto Macedo at RM Advanced Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in St. Petersburg, Florida to see if a dental bond would be a good option for you. You can reach us at 727-202-4459.