Most people aren’t blessed with a perfect smile and would change some aspect of it if they could. Common issues such as stained, chipped, or oddly-shaped teeth can all make you feel reluctant to smile. Perhaps you have put off investigating cosmetic dentistry because you assumed it would be too expensive. If so, we would like you to know about our cosmetic bonding procedure. It’s one of the most economical cosmetic dentistry services that we offer.
What to Expect with the Dental Bonding Process
One of the great benefits of dental bonding is that no one needs to know you had it done. Dr. Kuipers and the staff at LAVON Dental & Implant Center match the shade of the bonding materials to your teeth as closely as possible. To start the cosmetic bonding process, your dentist roughens the surface of the tooth. He then applies a liquid conditioning material so the bonding materials remain permanently affixed to your tooth.
You need to wait for approximately two minutes with the resin and liquid on your tooth before Dr. Kuipers shines a special curing light on it. This forces the materials to harden. He may also need to complete additional shaping and trimming to ensure a great fit. The procedure takes about one hour from start to finish.
Caring for Your Teeth After Cosmetic Bonding
Although cosmetic bonding is fast, painless, and budget-friendly, it doesn’t typically last as long as other types of cosmetic dentistry. The bonding can start to wear off in as little as five years but generally lasts closer to 10 years before you need to repeat the procedure. Our staff will instruct you on best practices to care for your newly-treated tooth so the treatment lasts as long as possible.
Cosmetic Bonding as an Alternative to Silver Amalgam Fillings
If Dr. Kuipers diagnoses a dental cavity, you need to have it filled quickly to prevent the decay from spreading. However, we understand that some patients don’t care for traditional silver amalgam fillings for various reasons. The most common ones are that others can easily see they have had dental treatment, concerns about the safety of mercury, and the cost. Should you have any of these concerns, consider bonding for your tooth instead of a standard filling.
We would be happy to help you decide if this is the right option for you during your next oral exam. You can also schedule a consultation to learn more.