Not every dental problem requires major work. In fact, if you have minor damage to your tooth, a dental bond may be just the thing to bring your smile back to its pristine condition. If you have a tooth that is chipped, or discolored, or is misshapen. If you have a tooth that needs to be lengthened, or if your teeth are improperly spaced, you should talk with your dentist about having a dental bond placed. They are inexpensive and can be placed in a single visit. Unless your dentist needs to remove tooth decay, no anesthetic is required in the bonding process.
First, the dentist will select a color of composite that will closely match the rest of your tooth, and blend in with your smile. Then the dentist will etch the surface of your tooth and apply a conditioning liquid to help the bond adhere to it. Then, the dentist will apply the resin to your tooth and mold it into the proper shape. It will be hardened with a special light. When it is ready, the dentist will trim the excess material and polish the bond so that it will match the surface of your tooth.
Your bond is strong, but not as strong as your natural tooth enamel. It can be damaged by clenching your teeth, or by chewing on ice, hard food, pens or other objects. A dental bond can be stained by dark colored foods and beverages, especially in the first 24 hours after it has been placed, so you should plan your menu appropriately.
If you have a tooth or two that could use a little work, our dentists, Dr. Danlu Lee and Dr. Wendy Yeung will be happy to see you for a consultation. To make an appointment at Radiant Smiles Family Dentistry in Kirkland, Washington, call (425) 828.9721 today. We look forward to helping you have a stunning smile!