Dental bonds are created with a composite resin, or plastic, to create tooth-colored fixes for a host of cosmetic issues. The bonds don’t affect your natural teeth negatively, and the procedure is more comfortable and far less expensive than more aggressive cosmetic procedures.
Dental bonds provide solutions for several issues, including:
Because dental bonds use a soft, malleable resin, the versatility of dental bonds is one of its most considerable advantages as a semi-permanent cosmetic treatment.
In addition to providing a cosmetic fix for imperfections in your teeth, bonds also serve as useful preventive tools, protecting your teeth against exposure. For example, if your gums are receding, exposing your roots, Dr. Vivian Mauriello or Dr. Joseph Mauriello can use a bond to protect your natural tooth structure from the forces of decay.
The first step in getting dental bonds is to sit down with either Dr. Joseph Mauriello or Dr. Vivian Mauriello to determine whether a dental bond is appropriate. If a bond is the best course of action, one of the Drs. Mauriello first mixes the resin to match the color of your teeth using a shade guide.
Once the resin is ready, the dentist prepares your tooth by gently etching or sanding it to create a better surface for the adhesion of the bond. Then, either Dr. Vivian Mauriello or Dr. Joseph Mauriello gets to work, much like a sculptor: Shaping and molding the resin until they reach the desired form, and harden the bond into place using a special light.
After making sure the bond is secure, the dentist makes some final shaping tweaks and then polishes the bond so that it blends in with your natural teeth.
From start to finish, a dental bonding procedure typically lasts from 30-60 minutes.
The answer to this question depends primarily on you. With proper care and minimal interference, dental bonds can last several years. To ensure longevity, avoid foods or drinks that stain teeth, and cut down on destructive habits, such as nail biting, which can loosen the bonds.
To learn more about how dental bonds provide an easy and inexpensive solution, call Mauriello Dental or book an appointment online.
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