Dental Bonding

Dental Bonding: What’s It All About?

Many of us are not born with camera-ready smiles. And even if you had a great smile when you were younger, you may not be as pleased with it now. It may be due to an injury, habits, or meds that caused staining. Or it could be that teeth came in misaligned or crooked. But for whatever reason, many people find their smile doesn’t make them smile. Dental bonding may be the answer!  Fortunately, several cosmetic procedures can give you the smile you want to see in the mirror. One of these options is tooth bonding.

FAQs about Tooth Bonding

What is Bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is the process of having volume added to your teeth to change or enhance their appearance. It is achieved by putting a resin on your teeth. The resin hardens and looks like a natural tooth. Bonding is the same material used for cavities, replacing fillings, or protecting exposed teeth roots due to gum recession.

Dental BondingWhat about recovery time?

Bonding is a simple procedure that will not require any downtime. No anesthesia is used, so you can return to normal activities following the appointment.

What situations is bonding ideal for?

While it can be used for nearly any cosmetic change, it is most commonly used for repairing decayed, cracked, gapping, or discolored teeth. It is also used to add to the size of one’s teeth. For instance, if you have a tooth that is shorter than the others, bonding can be used to build that tooth up, so it blends naturally with the rest of your teeth.

How long will bonding last?

Providing you care for it as directed, bonding can last ten years before you may need a touch-up. Also, bonding is reversible, unlike other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

How do you care for bonded teeth?

Brush them as you would your natural teeth. Although strong, there are still actions you should take to protect bonded teeth. Don’t chew on ice or non-food items.

    • Brush and floss your teeth two times a day. When flossing, use an interdental brush or a flossing device for cosmetic dentistry.
    • Use a soft bristle brush and non-abrasive fluoridated toothpaste.
    • Avoid foods and habits that stain teeth. Our Raver Family Dental can provide you with a list.
    • If you grind your teeth, talk to a Raver Family Dental team member about a mouthguard.
What is the difference between bonding and veneers?

Veneers are custom-made shells that adhere to the front surfaces of your teeth. The application requires your dentist to remove some of your teeth’s enamel. Once in place, veneers are permanent, lasting between ten and twenty years. Dental bonding rarely requires enamel removal, is removable, and needs periodic touch-ups.

Can bonded teeth be whitened?

Yes. However, the whitening process will vary based on the bonding material.

Bonding is a great way to get the smile you have always wanted. If you want to learn more about dental bonding, don’t hesitate to talk to one of our team members at Raver Dental.


How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Rebuild a Smile

If you are unhappy with your smile for whatever reason, then your smile can be the cause of insecurities.  Thanks to advancements in cosmetic dentistry, you can choose to have cosmetic dentistry procedures that will give you the smile you want.  And in doing so, you will discover a whole new you.

8 Ways that Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile and Boost Self-Image

Smile1. If you have crooked or discolored teeth, then options such as veneers or crowns are a good solution. These choices offer a permanent way to give you the smile you have always wanted.

2. Misaligned teeth can make one warry about smiling for the camera. But getting Invisalign® or braces corrects this, giving you a youthful and enhanced appearance.

3. Having an attractive smile helps create a better first impression and makes you more approachable.

4. Processes such as whitening, and veneers not only give you a better smile, but they strengthen your teeth and help protect them against future damage.

5. For many people, having cosmetic dental work done affects not only their looks but how they feel about themselves. In fact, many people comment they feel like a whole new person.

6. You will smile more. When you love your smile, you are more likely to show it off. And more smiling means a happier day- for you and others.

7. Do your teeth stain easily, making you slow to smile? Then consider high-quality porcelain veneers. These veneers do not stain over time and will keep their natural color for years to come.

8. There are some scenarios where because of worn down and damaged teeth, or teeth sensitivity, one cannot eat as healthily as they should. Having restorative cosmetic work means they can now maintain a healthier diet, and thus a healthier lifestyle.

Beyond the psychological benefits, cosmetic dentistry can also boost your quality of life. When you are insecure about how people may see you, you may be hesitant to put your best self forward. This hesitancy affects all your interpersonal relationships. Having cosmetic dental work will improve how you interact with coworkers, your employer, and social connections- i.e., dating, meeting new people, etc. With a smile makeover, you can enter a room with confidence and enjoy yourself to the fullest.

Cosmetic dentistry offers many approaches. From teeth whitening to Invisalign®, veneers and crowns, implants, tooth reshaping, or even full mouth reconstruction you don’t have to settle with a smile that makes you frown.  Talk to the team at Raver Dental today.  We will be happy to hear your concerns and help you decide what approach will be best for you.  Then, you can be the one who is always smiling.