Not all damage to your teeth requires major repair work. One of the easiest, and least expensive treatments for problems like minor cracks, stains, unevenly spaced or oddly shaped teeth is a dental bond. A dental bond is usually placed in a single appointment, and unless your dentist needs to remove any tooth decay, there is no need for anesthetic.
To place a dental bond, your dentist will select a shade of composite resin that most closely matches the surface of your tooth. Then he will abrade or etch the surface of your tooth, and apply a conditioning liquid. These steps will help the resin adhere to your tooth. Then, the dentist will mold the resin into the proper shape around the tooth, and then harden the material with an ultraviolet light. When it has hardened, the dentist will trim it to the proper size or shape, and then polish your tooth.
Your new dental bond is not as tough as your tooth enamel. You can damage your bond with hard or tough food, chewing on pens or ice, opening packages with your teeth, or by grinding your teeth. If you do grind your teeth, you will need to talk to your dentist about a nightguard or other finding other solutions. You bond can be stained by coffee, tea or other dark colored foods and drinks, so you should keep that in mind when it comes to meals and snacks. Your bond is especially susceptible to staining during the first 48 hours. If your bond does become stained, the problem will have to be corrected by your dentist. Your bond can last for around 10 years if you care for it properly, which includes brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and seeing your dentist for your routine cleanings and exams.
If you have a tooth that could use some sprucing up, why not talk with our dentist, Dr. Eli J. Lawrence about a dental bond? If you live in the Chicago, Illinois area and would like to improve your smile with a bond from Eli Lawrence, DDS, call 312-236-9895 today. We look forward to seeing you soon!