Your teeth are a key feature of your mouth, performing some crucial tasks every single day. In addition to biting, chewing, and speaking, the teeth also play an integral role in your smile. Any flaws in your teeth, no matter how small, can significantly impact the quality of your smile, and your confidence. At OHIOSmiles, we can help to restore the appearance of teeth affected my minor defects with composite bonding which is a Cosmetic procedure.
Do Your Teeth Have Minor Flaws?
There are some different minor flaws that can affect the appearance of your teeth, and the quality of your smile. These flaws include:
- Small chips or cracks in the enamel layer of the teeth.
- Gaps between your teeth.
- Teeth that are smaller than your other teeth.
- Misshapen teeth.
- Small cavities.
What Is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding uses composite resin to restore, and enhance the beauty of your smile. Composite resin is a tooth-colored substance that is made up of plastic, fine glass and other materials. The material bonds to your tooth enamel, effectively correcting the appearance of your teeth and even completely transforming their shape.
How Composite Bonding Is Performed
Composite bonding is a quick, simple procedure that can be completed in a single visit. It can generally be finished in less than an hour. It is non-invasive and does not require any type of anesthetic. First, we clean the teeth. Next, an acid etch is applied to where the composite resin is to be placed. This creates a rough texture on your enamel, which helps to enhance the bond between the composite resin and your teeth. After the acid is washed off and the teeth dried, we then apply the composite resin. We shape it as needed to provide you with the best aesthetic results possible. Once the desired appearance has been achieved, the material is cured, or hardened, using a special light. Finally, we polish the material to a smooth finish.
Taking Care Of Your Bonding
Bonding is an effective, affordable treatment for restoring the appearance of your smile. While strong, it can be damaged. It is important that you avoid biting foods that are exceptionally hard, hard objects, and using your teeth as tools. This will reduce the risk of the material chipping or breaking. Composite resin is also porous and can stain, just like the enamel of your teeth. However, unlike your tooth enamel, bonding cannot be whitened. If it is stained, it will need to be replaced if you want to whiten your teeth. Other than these precautions, your bonding can, and should, be brushed and flossed just like your real teeth. It may not be able to decay, but composite resin can still accumulate plaque and bacteria that can irritate your gums and cause gum disease. In addition to your home care routine, it is important to maintain regular cleanings and exams. During these visits, we can check the condition of your bonding while we look over your teeth, allowing us to determine if there is any damage and if repairs are needed.
What Benefits Does Composite Bonding Offer?
Composite bonding provides several benefits, including:
- The material is tooth-colored, allowing it to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your natural tooth structure.
- The procedure is non-invasive and completely painless.
- It only takes about an hour or less to complete.
- Composite bonding is the most affordable option for cosmetic tooth restoration.
With composite bonding, we can help to restore, and enhance, the beauty of your smile, giving you a much-needed boost of confidence. Call OHIOSmiles at (740) 439-2501 today to learn more.