Have you heard of the line “you are never fully dressed without a smile”? Well, science seems to agree with this! You might think that smiling is your body’s natural response to being happy, but did you know that smiling, even if it’s forced, can actually reduce stress, and improve your mood?
According to research published in Psychological Science, a grin that uses your facial muscles, especially those around the eyes, can alter brain activity and boost your mood. The research concludes smiling will make you feel good about yourself, but does it really? If you have chipped, broken, and decayed teeth, would you still feel good when you look at yourself in the mirror? Thankfully, dental bonding can help fix the issue and bring back your confidence.
Dental bonding is the process of applying a composite resin over the surface of your tooth to improve its appearance. It’s a cost-effective and simple procedure that can be done in one visit. People who have decayed, chipped, and cracked teeth can benefit from dental bonding. It can also be used to brighten your smile, close tooth gaps, and change the overall shape of your teeth.
Dental bonding doesn’t need special preparation. Therefore, all you need to do is see your dentist to determine if you’d make a suitable candidate for the procedure. Unfortunately, bonding will not work if you have severe tooth decay. In this case, your dentist will probably recommend a crown or veneer instead.
Anesthesia isn’t required in this procedure unless the bonding material is going to be used to fill in a decayed tooth, if the tooth needs to be drilled down to alter its shape, or if a chip in the tooth is located near a nerve. You will be presented with a shade guide so you can choose which color closely matches your nearby teeth.
For the bonding material to effectively stick to your tooth, your dentist will roughen your tooth and add a conditioning liquid over it. Once the resin is applied, it will be molded to the shape you requested. Usually, a laser or bright light is applied to expedite the hardening of the resin. When it has set, your dentist will trim and sculpt it further and polish the solution so it will become translucent.
The entire procedure will last approximately 30 minutes to an hour to complete for each tooth. The more teeth to be bonded, the more time you’ll spend in the dental chair.
First, dental bonding will instantly improve your smile by covering cracks, chips, and discoloration. The resin used is carefully designed and shaped to match the shade of your natural teeth giving you a beautifully natural smile. The material used is also highly durable and is said to last for years. With its strength, you can chew your food like you normally would.
On the contrary, some other restoration paths, like veneers, may last you long enough to be considered a permanent solution. The most reliable way to know what method is best for you is to visit our office and let us find you the perfect solution to restore your beautiful smile.
So, are you considering dental bonding? Though there are many great reasons to consider bonding, like all things, it is not the infallible method many assume it to be. Although composite resins are cosmetically pleasing and easily placed, their durability is not as strong as other forms of restoration. These resins typically last from four to seven years before they begin to chip and wear away. When this happens, the restoration will need to be replaced.
A beautiful smile will not only boost your confidence, but it will also improve your mood. If you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth, we can help you. At Lifeway Dental, we are devoted to providing you with comprehensive and superior quality dental care. Our years of experience in the industry have given us the confidence and expertise to handle any dental case. If you have questions about our services, feel free to contact us. We’d love to hear from you.