December 2, 2018
Are you looking for a quick, affordable way to enhance your smile? If so, then composite bonding from a cosmetic dentist in Reading may be the solution you need. Bonding lasts from 3 to 10 years on average, with only minimal care needed to maintain the restoration.
What Is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding uses a special medical-grade resin that’s customized to match the patient’s teeth and skin tones. A cosmetic dentist can shape the material to the patient’s specific oral profile, creating natural-looking results in a single appointment.
Composite bonding can be used to address the following concerns:
- Wide or uneven gaps between the teeth.
- Teeth that appear too short or small for the mouth.
- Chipped teeth or similar cosmetic imperfections.
- Tooth stains or discolorations.
As you can see, composite bonding can address many of the aesthetic issues that bring people to a cosmetic dentist in the first place.
What Is the Procedure for Receiving Cosmetic Bonding?
Only a qualified cosmetic dentist can tell you if composite bonding is the right solution for your needs. The first step is to make an appointment for an oral exam and consultation. Your dentist will discuss your smile enhancement goals with you at that time.
Should the two of you agree to proceed with cosmetic bonding, then this is what you can expect next:
- The dentist will gently etch the teeth to create a suitable surface for the resin. He or she may use a mild anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the process.
- The next step is to apply the resin itself. Once in place, the dentist will harden the material using a special light-activated device.
- The final step is for the dentist to polish and shape the resin. Once this is complete, you will be able to show off your new smile to the world.
Is Composite Bonding Easy to Care for?
One of the great things about composite bonding is how easy it is to maintain. Your dentist will probably recommend that you avoid strongly colored beverages altogether for the first 48 hours or so after the procedure. You should also avoid tobacco products.
Keeping your enhanced smile looking its best requires only that you follow the same steps that dentists recommend for your natural teeth. These include:
- Limiting consumption of tea, coffee, and red wine. These products can stain not only the resin but your natural teeth as well.
- Brushing at least twice daily. You should also floss at least once a day. Your dentist will probably suggest that you use a nonabrasive brand of toothpaste and a soft bristle brush.
- Eating a healthy diet. Reduced-fat dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, and healthy whole-grain contain the nutrients your body needs to keep your teeth strong and looking their best.
For many patients, cosmetic bonding is an affordable way to achieve their smile enhancement goals. Ask your dentist if it’s the right solution for you. We wish you lots of happy smiles, both for 2019 and for all the years to come.
About the Author
Dr. Gail Lebba has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. She’s a member of the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society. You can reach her office online or by calling (781) 944-6761.
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