Tooth Bonding Can Help Preserve Your Smile

A treatment to create a beautiful smile is about more than just appearances. It should also support your root structure and help prevent future changes to your teeth. One of the ways your Lake Orion, MI, dentist can do this is through tooth bonding, a dental cosmetic option that is popular with patients. This procedure of placing a composite resin on a blemished surface can improve several types of issues while preserving the structure of your mouth.

How Does It Work?

The customizable, composite tooth-colored resin is a mix of acrylic and quartz-like particles that are finely ground. It is biocompatible, too, making its adherence to your structure much easier. Once it is applied, sculpting and polishing it will make it match your tooth’s contour and appearance. We recommend bonding for anyone who has chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, or teeth that are severely discolored. The resin can also be used for other purposes that are not cosmetic, such as filling a cavity. Using it instead of a metal amalgam will make the treatment less noticeable. The procedure usually lasts less than an hour, and anesthesia is rarely used unless a decayed tooth is involved. 

Does It Last A Long Time?

Good, daily habits can help extend the lifetime of your bonds for up to 10 years. We recommend avoiding any food that may crack the composite, such as hard candy, nuts, or ice cubes. It is not as strong as enamel, so if you grind your teeth, it is suggested that you wear a mouthguard when you sleep. You should also avoid using your teeth to open packages and chewing on pens or pencils. The resin may stain if you drink items like coffee or red wine. 

Why Should I Get It?

Bonding is more cost affordable than other cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers. Other reasons to choose it include less removal of your tooth enamel and the ability to change it in the future. We can also use it to lengthen any teeth that are too short. 

Everyday Care For Your Teeth

Whether you have bonds or not, the best ways to maintain good oral health and a beautiful smile is to brush at least twice a day with a fluoride-based toothpaste and floss each night before you go to bed. Along with regular dental checkups, you can stay on top of any issues that arise when it comes to your teeth and gums. We are here to help you have the smile that you want. 

Schedule A Consultation Today

Tooth bonding is a safe and effective way to treat any issues relating to chips, discoloration, or gaps in your teeth. To schedule an appointment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213.