Chipped, cracked or stained teeth can make you self-conscious of your smile, but dental bonding can give you back your confidence. Dental bonding is one of our many cosmetic dentistry options that can correct small cosmetic tooth issues and can even be used to fill cavities.
If you’re interested in dental bonding, please call Robert M. Davis, DDS & Associates in Raytown today at (816) 358-0800 to schedule your dental exam. Our experienced cosmetic dentist can help you decide the best way to fix minor tooth imperfections and give you a smile you’re proud to show off.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
Dr. Davis will select which shade of composite resin will best match your surrounding teeth before roughening the surface of your tooth and applying a liquid conditioner. This helps the bonding material to stick to the tooth. The durable plastic substance is applied in layers and molded to each tooth. Each layer is hardened with a special UV light or laser. The final step involves shaping, trimming and polishing the composite resin to mimic the enamel of your adjacent teeth.
Why Choose Dental Bonding?
Cosmetic dental bonding is a less expensive alternative to porcelain veneers or crowns that can correct minor issues. This cosmetic process can be completed in one visit, depending on the number of teeth being bonded. Dental bonding also requires less enamel to be shaved down than other cosmetic choices. You likely won’t need anesthesia unless bonding is being used to fill a cavity.
Dental bonding can be used to fix:
- Tooth decay
- Cracked teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Stained teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Tooth shape
- Exposed tooth roots
How Do I Care for Bonded Teeth?
You can take care of your bonded teeth in the same way you care for your natural teeth by:
- Brushing twice a day.
- Flossing once a day.
- Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash.
- Sticking to regular dental exams and checkups.
- Avoiding habits such as fingernail biting, chewing on pens or ice and eating particularly hard foods.
Your results could last anywhere from 3 to 10 years. If you happen to notice sharp edges or chipping, Dr. Davis can touch up or replace the bonded tooth.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Bonding?
Our dentist can help you decide if dental bonding is the right route for you during your initial consultation. This process is used to correct minor imperfections and should only be performed on teeth in healthy condition. If you have advanced periodontitis, then you will need gum disease treatment before proceeding with cosmetic tooth bonding. Dental bonding should not be done in place of major restorative dental work, and you could be better suited for porcelain veneers or crowns.
If you have minor cosmetic tooth issues, contact our office in Raytown at (816) 358-0800 to see if dental bonding is right for you. Robert M. Davis, DDS & Associates serve clients in Raytown, Pleasant Hill, Sedalia and surrounding Missouri areas.