You may have always avoided cosmetic dentistry because you assume it is going to be too expensive or involves an intense procedure. If this applies to you, allow Dr. Faustino Garcia and Dr. Oliver Mayoral to introduce you to dental bonding. This gentle treatment improves the aesthetic of your smile without any pain or making permanent alterations to the teeth. It is arguably the most efficient way to tackle small cosmetic imperfections on otherwise healthy teeth.
Benefits of Dental BondingDr. Garcia and Dr. Mayoral use dental bonding to make various types of changes to the teeth, including:
- Altering the shade of discolored teeth
- Covering cracks or chips in a tooth
- Decreasing sizable gaps between teeth
- Adding length to teeth that are shorter than others
Dental bonding can also serve some non-cosmetic purposes, such as protecting tooth roots that have become exposed from a receding gumline.
Dental Bonding Procedure Details
Bonding is achieved with resin, a sturdy plastic material. This resin starts in putty form, which allows Dr. Garcia or Dr. Mayoral to mold it over your tooth, or multiple teeth if so desired. Next, your dentist shines an ultraviolet light on the treated teeth so that the resin hardens in place.
Once the resin has adhered, Dr. Garcia or Dr. Mayoral polishes and buffs the bonding to ensure that the tooth is smooth and looks like any normal tooth. Your bonding should be undetectable since it was blended to match the exact shade of your teeth.
You should not experience any discomfort during this relatively short procedure. Dental bonding is so gentle that your dentist does not need to use a numbing agent.
Dental Bonding Recovery and Results
You are free to resume most normal activities as soon as your treatment is complete. The few exceptions have to do with your diet. For optimal results, please wait at least a day or two to consume hard or crunchy foods that may crack the resin before it has fully settled on your tooth. You should also skip any foods and drinks that are known to stain teeth (like coffee, soda, wine and berries) since they could discolor the resin, especially in the first 48 hours. Cigarette smoking also leads to tooth stains.
The only disadvantage to dental bonding is that it does not last for as long as other cosmetic procedures, which is an understandable trade-off for selecting a less costly and invasive treatment. However, you can enjoy the benefits of your bonding for five or more years with proper care. This includes not chewing on pens and fingernails. If at any point your bonding does chip or crack, visit your dentist to smooth out the rough edge in your mouth.
Learn More about Dental Bonding
If you want an easy way to make cosmetic improvements to the imperfections on your smile, give dental bonding a try. At Garcia | Mayoral Dentistry in Coral Gables, Florida, our cosmetic dentists have experience transforming teeth with resin. Please call (305) 444-4300 to schedule an appointment.