Dental Bonding to close the gap between teeth
GAP IN TEETH
Filling an unsightly gap in your teeth – especially between the front teeth – can make a huge difference to your overall appearance.
Gaps in your teeth can be due to infrequent spacing between the teeth, having unusually small teeth, or because of missing teeth. There are a number of ways to correct this including orthodontic treatment with braces to move the teeth and close the gaps, composite bonding, porcelain veneers or crowns. Where there are large gaps because of missing teeth, then tooth replacement with dental implants or bridgework is the preferred solution.
If the space between the teeth is relatively small, we would recommend fixing it with tooth bonding. With tooth bonding, the tooth surface is roughened slightly and composite is placed on the tooth and shaped and coloured by the cosmetic dentist. The procedure can be completed in about an hour or so, and it looks absolutely natural, there is no grinding away of the tooth.
As this technique is very dependent on the skills and the competence of the dentists, it is especially important to have it done by an expert cosmetic dentist. This work is done freehand, and requires artistry, a strong knowledge of composite bonding materials, and meticulous attention to detail.
Non-invasive & Gentle
Unlike porcelain veneers or dental crowns that are made of porcelain that has to be baked in an oven by a dental laboratory, teeth bonding is applied directly to the tooth and cured to its final hardness, with a light. In order to help the composite bond to the tooth, the tooth is prepared by lightly roughening the area to be repaired, then the surface of the tooth is etched, a thin, clear bonding agent is applied, and then the composite is applied.
Versatile restorative materials
Dental composites are made to a paste-like consistency so that they can be sculpted to the proper shape. They contain different pigments that can be matched to your tooth colour, and they also come in varying degrees of translucency and are usually made so that they can be polished to a high gloss.
With careful artistry, composite can be used to realistically mimic the colour details and translucency of your tooth, and polished to a beautiful shine.
Whether you have small gaps in your smile or more in-depth work is required, we can help. Contact us today on 01772 – 726932 to discuss your individual case.
Best Restorative Options
Will a tooth bonding procedure be uncomfortable?
Not at all. Bonding is a non-invasive procedure and one of the most comfortable restorations you can receive. In order to complete the restoration or to make cosmetic improvements, all we need to do is roughen the tooth slightly and apply a conditioning liquid. Next, we will apply the resin material that matches the shade of your teeth. We will shape the material to match the tooth size as well, before hardening it in place. Since your tooth structure remains intact, you will be comfortable during the procedure. In fact, most people do not need any anesthesia for the bonding procedure
Can bonding be used to fill gaps in between teeth?
Yes, When you visit Dr. Kaviani, she can close small gaps between your teeth using this simple procedure. The bonding procedure is an alternative to placing veneers or crowns or undergoing an orthodontic procedure. Since we can typically complete cosmetic bonding in one dental visit, it is the fastest way to complete this transformation.
The Process Of Tooth Bonding
First, a mild abrasive will be used on the affected tooth or teeth to provide a suitable bonding surface. A dental resin matching the color of your natural teeth will be sculpted over or around your teeth then hardened with a curing light. Once the bonding has set, Dr. Kaviani will test its durability, ensure your bite comfort, then make final refinements to the bonding shape and color tone.
How Long Will My Tooth Bonding Last?
A Restorative bonding procedure is durable, natural-looking, and effective. There is no set timeframe for how long the resin will last. It can last for several decades or several years. Taking care of your teeth will help to increase its longevity. Be sure to brush with a soft or electronic toothbrush, so you do not risk eroding your teeth and your restoration. You need to also avoid eating food that is too acidic, while also avoiding any activities that can break or chip your teeth. While bonding material is strong and durable, it is not as strong as a dental crown can be. If you are looking for a longer lasting restoration, then you may want to consider that option as well.
Will cosmetic bonding help if my teeth are stained?
Yes, if you have stains on your teeth, we can use bonding to cover them. We suggest trying a whitening procedure first since this can improve the appearance of your smile with relative ease. There are times, however, when a whitening procedure is not enough to remove some of the deep or more significant stains. This is where restorative bonding can be particularly useful. We can place the resin material on top of your stained tooth or teeth in order to improve their appearance. When you visit our Pennsylvania dental office, we can discuss your options with you and complete the procedure in as little as one visit.
Is a tooth bonding procedure reversible?
Yes, since we apply bonding without removing the enamel on your teeth, the process is reversible. If you want to change course and restore your teeth or change their appearance with an alternative procedure in the future, you can. While most of our patients are satisfied with the appearance of their teeth after the bonding procedure, some use this as a temporary solution while considering more long-term improvements.
Special Care For Dental Bonding
Good dental hygiene is typically enough to maintain the aesthetically pleasing appearance and functionality of your bonded teeth. To preserve the look and structure of your dental bonding, you should avoid habits such as smoking, ice chewing, and pen biting. You may also want to consider limiting dark foods and drinks such as coffee and wine, which can stain your teeth and your dental bonding.
How Long Does Tooth Bonding Take?
he actual duration of your dental bonding procedure will depend on the extent of work necessary, but most tooth bonding treatments are completed in a single office visit.