Dental bonding can restore the appearance of teeth with small chips, cracks, stains, and other flaws. Cosmetic bonding is minimally invasive so you can preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible. If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your smile, ask our dentist if you’re a candidate for cosmetic bonding.
What is teeth bonding?
Our dentist understands that cosmetic dentistry is as much a science as it is an art. We often recommend dental bonding to repair front teeth with small chips, cracks, cavities, and other minor imperfections.
During the procedure, our dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin to the surface of your tooth. This resin is a custom blend our dentist mixes to match the natural color of your tooth enamel. When this resin is cured, it becomes durable and blends in with your surrounding teeth.
Does dental bonding hurt?
The teeth bonding procedure is relatively painless. Most likely, you won’t even need pain relievers. However, you may experience some tooth sensitivity to heat and cold after the procedure. If you experience this side effect, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers.
What is the recovery time?
There is no recovery time involved with teeth bonding. You can go back to work immediately after the procedure and it shouldn’t affect your ability to drive.
How long after the procedure do I have to wait before eating and drinking?
You don’t have to wait to eat or drink after your appointment. However, you may experience some slight tooth sensitivity to heat and cold after teeth bonding.
Will dental bonding affect the fit of my retainer or other oral appliance?
It is possible that dental bonding may slightly alter the way your retainer or other oral appliance fits. However, the effect should be minimal.
Is teeth bonding right for me?
Dental bonding usually has the best results in areas that experience less pressure from chewing. This usually means that it’s a good option for front teeth that need repair.
If you wish to repair a chipped tooth that’s not in the front, it’s still worth bringing it up to your dentist. We can create a customized dental plan to eliminate any physical discomfort or self-esteem issues.
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Dr. Stephanie Busch-Abbate is a dentist in Kalamazoo, MI. To request an appointment or to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry options, call Gentle Dentistry at (269) 381-3890.