Dental bonding is a procedure in cosmetic dentistry that can restore damaged or discolored teeth to improve your smile. Dental bonding in New Orleans can help extend the usability of your existing teeth without investing in more costly treatments like porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers.
Dental bonding is a great, more conservative alternative to porcelain veneers and crowns. Porcelain veneers and crowns require irreversible removal of enamel from your existing teeth. Veneers and crowns fit over your teeth and can last at least 10 years before they need retreatment.
With dental bonding, the tooth enamel is left intact. Unlike crowns and veneers, dental bonding is reversible. Because dental bonding is less invasive, it may require more frequent maintenance in order for it to maintain its shape and appearance.
Even though dental bonding is considered a cosmetic treatment, there are more benefits than just a beautiful smile. Some patients have teeth that wear unevenly most often due to clenching and and/or teeth grinding. Dental bonding can restore teeth to their original size and shape, often reducing further tooth loss and improving function and appearance.
The dental bonding process begins by meeting with your dentist for a consultation. A full dental exam, along with radiographs, allows your dentist to evaluate the condition of your teeth and determine if you’re a good candidate for dental bonding. The patients who see the best results from dental bonding are nonsmokers with no evidence of gum disease who have greater than 50% of tooth structure remaining.
Once your dentist determines that dental bonding in New Orleans is the best course of action for your circumstances, they will work with you to choose a shade that matches your natural teeth. Quite often, professional teeth whitening is recommended prior to dental bonding in order to achieve the most aesthetic result. Choosing a shade that blends nicely with your teeth is the best way to allow the composite bonding to look the most natural.
Your dentist will isolate and clean your tooth to remove any plaque or decay before applying the resin. In order for the bonding material to have enough surface area to adhere to, your dentist will roughen the surface of your tooth. Once the tooth has enough usable surface area, your dentist will use proper bonding protocol to apply the resin.
Resin has a putty-like consistency before curing. This allows your dentist to shape and smooth it to look and feel like your original tooth. Once your dentist is happy with the shape, they will use a UV light to cure the resin, giving it a hard consistency that looks like a real tooth.
The final step is to make sure your bite feels great. The dentist will make any minor adjustments prior to polishing the teeth to achieve a smooth, shiny appearance.
After your dental bonding procedure, practicing good dental hygiene will help the composite bonding last as long as possible and still look natural. Just like your natural teeth, certain foods and drinks can change the color of your composite bonding. If you frequently drink coffee or red wine, you may soon notice a change in the color of your composite bonding due to stain adhering on the tooth.
Nail biting, chewing on ice or hard candies, or using your teeth like a tool can cause the composite bonding to chip or crack. Be mindful of what you are eating, and how you use your teeth. Notify the dentist of any clenching or tooth grinding episodes after dental bonding has been done so that they can make a custom fit hard night guard to protect your teeth and bonding from breaking.
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