Many people find themselves at odds with their smiles, whether they have damaged teeth or teeth that are just cosmetically unappealing. Here at Oasis Dental, Dr. Aldridge uses the latest technology to enhance the functionality and appearance of your smile. One of the many procedures he can expertly conduct is dental bonding. This is a great way to bring back your lovely smile.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a method of restoring and enhancing teeth in which a dentist uses a putty-like substance to re-shape or add to your teeth. This putty, when exposed to a high-powered light, hardens into a material just as strong as your teeth are. It can be used in a variety of ways. Many people know about it in the restorative sense, used with chipped teeth, but it can also be used in a cosmetic procedure to enhance the look of your smile just as easily.
What Can It Help With?
Dental bonding is often used with restorative procedures. It can be used to fill in a chipped tooth after an accident, and this is arguably its most well-known use. However, this is not all that it can do. If you have discolored or mildly crooked teeth, teeth that are different sizes (such as a peg tooth), or a smile with gaps between the teeth, we can use this putty to repair the look and functionality of those teeth.
How Does It Work?
When you come in for a cosmetic or restorative enhancement, the first thing that we will do is prepare the area. For most procedures, you will not need to be numbed or given an anesthetic. If you are getting it as a tooth filling, this may be an exception. However, when it comes to preparing the tooth, we will begin by roughening the tooth’s surface using a chemical agent. It is not dangerous, but it allows the bonding putty to stick correctly to the surface of your tooth. At this point, we will be able to shape it as we need to. Filling in gaps, lengthening teeth, or repairing imperfections all require a steady hand and an attentive eye.
Once your tooth or teeth are shaped properly and your smile sufficiently enhanced, we will protect your eyes and use a high-intensity light to cure the putty. Once it is hardened, it will be strong, durable, and long lasting. This is a non-invasive procedure and is great for folks looking for a cosmetic enhancement that will not break the bank. Taking care of them is pretty easy too, just take care of them like natural teeth! Be sure to keep up a strict hygiene regimen.
For more information on how dental bonding may be able to help you, give Dr. Aldridge a call today. Oasis Dental’s number one concern is your health and happiness, so if you aren’t satisfied with the way your smile looks today, we are sure to have a way to help!
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