Restore Your Smile With Cosmetic Dental Bonding in Raleigh, North Carolina
If you need to freshen up your smile, call Raleigh Dental Loft at (919) 859-4500 today and learn more about cosmetic dental bonding.
Cosmetic imperfections in your teeth can make it difficult to smile with confidence. At Raleigh Dental Loft, we understand how important your smile is to you. We offer a range of smile restoration services, including dental bonding, to help restore your smile to its absolute best.
Whether your teeth have gaps, discoloration, stains, or sharp edges, dental bonding can effectively smooth them out and repair the damage done to your teeth by decay, injury, or genetics.
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Dental Bonding Basics
Dental bonding is a cosmetic and restorative dental procedure that we perform here at Raleigh Dental Loft. When your teeth have been damaged by decay or accidentally chipped and broken, dental bonding can rebuild and repair the affected teeth.
Dental bonding is also helpful for hiding various dental imperfections that do not require surgical intervention or a more substantial treatment, such as dental implants. These imperfections may include:
- Stains and dark discoloration
- Sharp edges or odd shaping
- Disproportionately small teeth
- Gaps between teeth
How Is Cosmetic Dental Bonding Procedure Performed?
When you come to Raleigh Dental Loft for a dental bonding procedure, the first thing your cosmetic dentist will do is prepare the surface of your tooth. For the composite resin to stick to the tooth, the dentist must gently etch the enamel.
After the surface is prepared, your dentist will apply liquid bonding material to the tooth. Next comes the tooth-colored composite resin that adheres to the bonding material and the tooth. The dentist sculpts the composite resin to the proper shape, smoothing it out until it looks perfect. Then, a special LED light speeds up the setting process while the composite resin and bonding material harden.
Once the newly bonded teeth have completely set, your dentist can polish them, making them smooth and shiny like the surrounding teeth. A bonded tooth will blend in seamlessly with your other natural teeth.
Composite materials and bonding are also used for some patients as an alternative to using porcelain veneers. Rather than casting impressions and making custom porcelain veneers, your dentist will apply layers of the composite resin to your teeth, sculpting it until the appearance of the tooth has been restored.
Caring for Your Bonded Teeth
After any type of cosmetic dental procedure, your teeth require proper cleaning and care to maintain their new and improved condition. Dental bonding is a cost-effective way to correct minor imperfections and damage to your teeth, but it also requires some post-procedure care.
If you have a chipped tooth, specifically a chipped front tooth, and you chose dental bonding to repair it, you must not:
- Bite into hard foods
- Bite hard objects
- Chew on pens or pencils
- Bite your nails
Biting on a hard surface could cause the bonding on your teeth to break or chip off.
Dental bonding also tends to absorb stains more quickly than natural enamel or other types of cosmetic treatments. Try to avoid foods and drinks that are known to stain teeth, such as tea, coffee, and red wine. Avoiding tobacco products will also help prevent stains.
Teeth Bonding and Teeth Whitening
You can use teeth whitening products if you have dental bonding on your teeth; they will not harm your dental work. However, the difference in color between the whitened natural teeth and the dental bonding areas may become more noticeable over time. The changes in coloring can be unpredictable.
Raleigh Dental Loft recommends that you consult with your cosmetic dentist if you need to have whitening done. You can have your teeth professionally whitened to prevent drastic color changes in the dental bonding.
Learn More About Dental Bonding in Raleigh, NC
Dental bonding is an affordable, easy way to restore your smile and protect your teeth. If you live in the Raleigh, NC, area and minor cosmetic flaws or damage to your teeth are dimming your smile, call Raleigh Dental Loft at (919) 859-4500 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.