If your teeth are unusually stained, have minor spacing irregularities, or have lost their structure due to chipping or decay, one of the easiest and least expensive ways to restore them is with the use of dental bonding.
When bonding teeth, we use tooth-colored material, called “composite resins.” Composites are a mixture of plastic and glass that come in a variety of shades so your natural tooth color can be precisely matched. Composites are strong enough to allow normal function when used to fill cavities, and offer translucency when needed for correcting minor cosmetic issues. Composites are great solution for a teenager whose adult teeth have not yet matured enough for a more permanent type of dental restoration.
Taking care of bonded teeth is no different from taking care of your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, and visits to your dental hygienist twice a year is all it takes. Like your natural teeth, bonding can become stained. Smoking, red wine, coffee, and tea are the biggest “staining culprits,” so keep them to a minimum. Also, if you’re thinking about whitening your teeth, be sure to do it before you have bonding because composite material will not get brighter with whitening.
If you are a nail biter or like to chew on your pens and pencils, you’ll want to take care if you’ve got bonding on your front teeth because, like your real teeth, these types of behaviors will cause chipping regardless of what you’ve got. With proper care, your bonded tooth should stay beautiful for years!