Transforming smiles with cosmetic dentistry has been a part of Dr. Ashwini Bhave’s vision since she started Bay Area Dental Specialists. Dental bonding is a relatively quick and conservative way to improve the appearance of your imperfect teeth or teeth with superficial damage. The bonding process is similar to the way a sculptor uses clay to make a beautiful creation — Dr. Bhave applies a composite resin material to your chipped, broken or otherwise flawed tooth and carefully sculpts it to create a more attractive tooth. Her eye for artistry shines through as she remakes your smile through bonding.
What Can Dental Bonding Treat?
Dental bonding is used in a variety of ways to improve the structure or appearance of teeth. For instance, it is commonly used to accomplish the following:
- repair a tooth with a small chip or crack
- reshape an oddly shaped tooth
- lengthen a short tooth
- widen a small tooth
- cover up tooth stains that won’t respond to whitening treatment
- close small gaps in between the teeth
Although bonding is an excellent solution for cosmetic issues, it does not address issues such as alignment problems or badly damaged or decayed teeth.
Dental Bonding Treatment Details
Dental bonding can usually be completed in a single office visit and is virtually pain-free. Treatment takes between 30 and 60 minutes per tooth. Sometimes bonding is combined with other dental treatments, such as teeth whitening or the placement of porcelain crowns or veneers; this extends the total treatment time.
Bonding material is available in a variety of shades, so Dr. Bhave uses a shade guide to select the material that best matches your natural tooth color.
The first step of the bonding process is to apply a mild etching solution to your tooth, slightly “roughing up” the enamel so that the resin material better adheres, for a stronger bond. Then, Dr. Bhave applies small amounts of the composite resin material to the tooth, sculpting and shaping it as needed. A high-intensity light cures each layer of resin to quickly harden it. Dr. Bhave checks the way your teeth fit together to ensure the bonding does not interfere with your bite.
When you are happy with the look and feel of your bonded tooth, Dr. Bhave finishes the process by polishing it.
How to Ensure Best Results
Although dental bonding is not a permanent solution, you should be able to enjoy your results for as long as 10 years. How well you take care of your teeth, and the foods you eat, can affect how long your results last. Bonded teeth can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth and should be checked by Dr. Bhave every six months. If you avoid biting or chewing hard objects (e.g., nuts, shells, ice), you can extend the lifespan of your bonding.
Learn More about Dental Bonding
To learn more about dental bonding treatment and how it can transform your smile, Dr. Bhave invites you to contact our practice. You can get in touch with our office by calling or sending us an email today!