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Dental Bonding Facts

Posted on: Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Dental Bonding in Fairfield, CT

When it comes to dental work and procedures, dental bonding is usually forgotten about or is even an unknown procedure to many patients. Dental Professionals utilize this extremely versatile process to enhance many patients’ smiles. Dental bonding is similar to veneers in that they can hide problems such as chipped, crooked and misshaped teeth or gaps between teeth. However, unlike veneers, bonding is much cheaper, non invasive and quick. Because this procedure is often overlooked, we’ve provided some dental bonding facts to help you become more familiar with this procedure.

Dental Bonding Facts

  • It is a permanent procedure.

The benefits of dental bonding is that it is quick and non invasive. However, this procedure is still permanent. The natural tooth is first “etched” and roughened via a mild acid. This helps the resin stick to the tooth. It also ensures that there will be enough room in the mouth for the bonding. Then the resin is placed and shaped perfectly and light cured. Dental bonding is non-reversible and can last for many years.

  • They stain easier than veneers.

Although they work in the same way that veneers do, the plastic resin that makes bonding stains just like teeth do. They are not stain-resistant like veneers, which means it is important to avoid dark foods and drinks. This does not mean that they stain more easily than natural teeth, it is just important to take care of them to keep them whiter for longer.

  • They can be used solely to whiten teeth.

Dental bonding will never be considered a “tooth whitening” process, however patients can choose this procedure simply for a whiter smile. Because the shade of the plastic resin can be customized, patients can use bonding to mask a badly stained tooth (or teeth). Just remember that bonding will not prevent future staining!

  • Bonding will not be affected by professional whitening.

The plastic resin of bonding will not be whitened like a natural tooth will. Therefore, if patients plan to have their teeth professionally whitened, we suggest whitening the teeth and then applying the bonding. When you whiten the teeth first this prevents your teeth from being different shades.

Dental bonding is a procedure that can be used in many different ways to enhance your smile. To learn more dental bonding facts or to schedule a consultation, visit us at Fairfield Smiles by Design or call us today at (203) 763-4000.

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