Dental Bonding Can Give You That Beautiful Smile


by Alice Campbell - Date: 2008-10-30 - Word Count: 504 Share This!

There are several procedures in dental care that help you maintain or improve your million-dollar smile. Dental health is of great importance and people are forever on the lookout for the best dental plan for themselves and their families. If you have teeth that are misaligned or protruding, orthodontics comes to your rescue. Dental bonding is another option to help correct several kinds of teeth problems.

The orthodontics treatment which comprises of checkups, dental x-rays, braces and can lead to huge dentistry bills which can really burn a hole in your pocket. Before you opt for the orthodontics treatment it would be wise to make sure you are covered by a dental care plan. You can save as much 10% to 50% of the total amount you would spend on an orthodontics treatment or any other costly dental care. Some insurance companies cover orthodontics treatment under cosmetic dentistry rather than under dental care where the costs are higher.

Dental or cosmetic bonding is a process by which a cosmetic dentistry expert applies a kind of resin matching with the tooth color and solidifies it with a special light thereby bonding it to the tooth. It is normally made use of in any of the following cases of teeth problems:
-    To fix teeth that have been cracked or chipped.
-    To improve the look teeth that have discolored.
-    To eliminate gaps appearing between teeth.
-    To restore teeth that have decayed.
-    To safeguard a part of the tooth root that has been uncovered by receding gums.
-    To change the shape of teeth.

Dental bonding is a pretty straightforward process that needs little groundwork. Anesthesia is normally not required except if it is to fill a tooth that has decayed. Your cosmetic dentistry expert will produce a shade guide so that you can choose a compound resin color that will match with the natural color of your teeth.

During the process, the tooth surface is made coarse and a liquid is applied to condition the tooth. This makes the bonding material hold fast to the tooth that is being bonded. The matching resin is applied, shaped and smoothened as preferred. Next it is subjected to ultraviolet light in order to solidify and set the material; once it becomes hard, the dentist will neaten and shape it, finally giving it a polish do that it matches with the remaining portion of the tooth. This process could take anywhere from half to one hour.

Dental bonding is one of the cheapest of all most cosmetic dental treatments. Besides it can be performed in one sitting and without anesthesia except when it is for a filling. On the other hand, crowns and veneers need to be produced at a laboratory.

On the down side it is not as long lasting as fillings or veneers and cannot withstand stains much as compared to crowns. And in exceptional cases the resin material is said to have chipped and broken off the tooth; so it is advisable to use it for front teeth which have a low bite pressure.


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If it's crooked or protruding teeth that is keeping you from flashing that beautiful smile, try orthodontics, otherwise you could settle for dental bonding.

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