Direct Bonding – Newtown, PA
Correcting Multiple Smile Flaws at Once
It’s hard to feel confident in your smile when your teeth are stained, chipped, stubby, or gapped. It can make smiling in public an embarrassment, so much so that you might develop a habit of covering your mouth when you laugh. To save yourself the pain, why not correct multiple smile flaws at once with direct tooth bonding in Newtown? Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and read more about dental bonding below.
What Is Direct Bonding?
Direct bonding, also known as dental bonding, is a cosmetic procedure wherein one of our dentists will apply a tooth-colored composite resin material to your problem tooth. This material is quite malleable when first applied, so we will use it to sculpt your tooth into the most desirable shape possible. Finally, using a special curing light, the material is hardened and voila! Your smile looks good as new!
What Is Dental Bonding Used For?
Although dental bonding can be used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by a cavity, it also has several cosmetic uses, such as:
What to Expect During Your Bonding Appointment
Before we even start preparing your teeth, we’ll first figure out what color the bonding material needs to be by looking closely at your existing teeth. If you’re getting bonding for whitening purposes, we can do so in a way that makes the surrounding teeth look brighter as well. Then, we will apply a bonding agent that allows our highly malleable composite resin to stick to your teeth. We will artfully sculpt the putty-like substance into the shape it needs to be. Finally, we will use a curing light to harden the material. The entire process should only take 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
Recovery and Aftercare Tips
After direct tooth bonding in Newtown, you can typically resume your normal life right away. Because the procedure is completely painless, you won’t have to worry about any lingering soreness as you might with other restorative procedures like crowns. Keep in mind, however, that bonding material is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel. Therefore, it’s more prone to chipping or separating from your tooth. This can be avoided by wearing a mouthguard during sports, staying away from chewing hard candy or ice, and not using your teeth as tools to open packing or hold things.
Bonding is also more susceptible to staining than regular enamel. For this reason, it’s a good idea to avoid staining items like tea, coffee, and tobacco for the first day or two after your bonding appointment. Other than that, you can take care of your bonded teeth like you would unbonded teeth: brush and floss every day, and visit us twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings.