A conservative and aesthetic restoration, dental bonding enables you to have a healthy looking and natural smile – one that is as affordable as it is aesthetic. If you have been considering this type of procedure, the following details will give you further insight on what to expect and how to care for bonded teeth.
What Is Dental Bonding and How Can It Help Me?
Dental bonding is designed to repair dental imperfections or tooth defects. Patients may opt for dental bonding to improve the looks of a discolored or cracked tooth, or to fill a small or medium-sized cavity. Bonding can also be used to fill in small gaps between teeth. For patients who want to want to even out the size of their teeth, bonding is often recommended. For example, a patient who has a tooth that is shorter than the other teeth can have the tooth bonded so it is the same length. Patients who have their teeth bonded do not have to disrupt their daily routine. The procedure, which lasts around 30 to 60 minutes, does not require the use of an anesthesia.
How Do You Care for Bonded Teeth?
When your teeth are bonded, you should take care of them like regular teeth. This will increase the longevity of the bonded material and ensure a healthier smile. Just like regular teeth, brush your bonded teeth twice daily and make sure you floss each day. It also helps to use an oral irrigator to ensure the teeth are extra clean. Try to avoid eating hard candies or hard foods, as they can damage your bonded teeth or crack them. Reduce your consumption of tea or coffee, as both can stain bonded teeth.
You also want to schedule regular professional cleanings every six months with our office. If you are interested in bonding or other dental restorations, give us a call today.