White Resin Bonding in Fairfield, CT
Aesthetic Dentistry of Fairfield
What is Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding or dental bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin material to conservatively repair chipped, cracked, misshapen, broken, or decayed teeth. The tooth-colored materials replace missing tooth structure and hide any cosmetically unappealing minor defects or even minor spacing irregularities. As the composite resins come in a variety of tooth shades, it is the perfect solution for repairs in the aesthetic zone.
You should receive treatment to restore lost tooth structure as soon as possible because damaged teeth can be detrimental to your oral health. Dental bonding will restore your tooth so that you can chew properly and avoid further damage that can affect the surrounding teeth. If you have severe damage or missing teeth, other restorations such as dental implants or dental crowns may be a better option for you.
No matter what cosmetic procedures you need, our team in Fairfield, CT, is here to help create the smile of your dreams with lasting results!
Who Should Consider Dental Bonding?
The dental bonding procedure is performed for various reasons. Here are some of the scenarios where bonding may be your best option for fixing damaged teeth:
- Patients with minor damage in their natural tooth composition and do not have severe tooth decay
- Patients with minor gaps or spacing irregularities in between their teeth
- Patients who are satisfied with the color of their teeth
- Children and teens who need an interim solution while they finish growing
When you receive bonding treatment, the composite resin is matched to the color of your existing teeth. If you are thinking about having your teeth whitened, it is essential to understand that the composite resin bonding materials will not lighten. If you want to lighten your teeth, it should be done before the bonding procedure is completed so that we can provide a well-matched and natural shade for your whitened teeth.
What to Expect During Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a relatively simple and straightforward procedure, and is usually completed in one office visit. Bonding does not involve dental laboratory work like other restorations, such as a veneer or porcelain crown. Here is an outline of the bonding process so you have a detailed understanding of what to expect:
First, our doctors will choose the right composite resin color that best matches the color of your natural teeth using a chart of varying tooth shades. Depending on your natural tooth color, one single color may be used, or several colors may be blended together to create a custom shade.
Next, the tooth is prepared to expose healthy tooth enamel. An “etched” surface is created by applying an acidic gel that opens up tiny pores in the tooth’s surface, resulting in a microscopically roughened texture. After the etching gel is rinsed off, a thin bonding layer is painted on and fills the tiny pores of enamel. A special blue curing light is used to harden the bonding liquid, creating a strong micromechanical bond. Finally, multiple layers of composite resin are sculpted and build up to mimic the original shape of the natural tooth. The bonded tooth is then shaped, finished, and polished to give it just the right form.
Caring For Your New Bonded Teeth
As durable as a bonded tooth can be, nothing is as strong as your natural teeth, so you must take good care of your newly restored tooth.
You should avoid the following:
- Chewing ice cubes or pens
- Hard candy or foods
- Excessive amounts of coffee, red wine, or tobacco
- Contact sports that could cause excessive force to the mouth
When caring for your composite bonded restorations in the esthetic zone, the most important thing to remember is that composite resins can absorb stains. However, with proper care for your bonded restorations, composites can be expected to last for years, giving you a long-lasting and beautiful smile.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
For a simple, natural solution to restore broken, misshapen, or cracked teeth, consider dental bonding at Aesthetic Dentistry of Fairfield. There is a broad spectrum of dental filling materials available today, and our doctors believe in using only the highest quality bonding materials available for the safety of our patients. To ask about the different materials we use, or to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact our dental office at (203) 259-7073 today.