Teeth can change as we age, often through no fault of our own. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, you can seek cosmetic treatment from your dentist. One of the most versatile cosmetic dental solutions is teeth bonding. Dr. David Rever, a dentist in Silver Spring, MD, responds to frequently asked questions about cosmetic teeth bonding.
How can teeth bonding help me?
Patients who are unsatisfied with their smiles can find a cosmetic solution with teeth bonding. Bonding can whiten teeth that are yellowed, stained, or discolored. It can also be used to repair minor chips or cracks in teeth. If your teeth are misaligned or you have gaps between teeth, bonding can fill and reshape your teeth to craft your ideal smile. You can talk to your dentist about how cosmetic bonding can help you reach your aesthetic goals during a scheduled consultation.
What can I expect during the procedure?
If you and your dentist think dental bonding is the best cosmetic treatment for you, you can complete the procedure during one scheduled appointment. Your dentist will scrape your teeth and apply acidic gel to prepare your teeth. Then the dentist will sculpt a resin-like material to the affected teeth. This resin will harden once your dentist shapes it as desired, and it will adhere to your teeth with the help of concentrated light. The treatment is quick and painless, and you may not even require a local anesthetic. You can return to your normal routine after the procedure.
How long will these effects last?
The resin is designed to match your regular tooth color for a beautiful, natural look. Your enhanced smile can last three to ten years with proper oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and attending regular dental cleanings. You may notice bonding may begin to deteriorate after a few years. You can schedule bonding touch-up appointments with your dentist for continued smile enhancement. If you notice damage to your bonding, contact your dentist as soon as possible for repairs.
Talk to a cosmetic dentist in Silver Spring, MD
Dr. Rever is a dentist in Silver Spring, MD offering teeth bonding and other cosmetic treatments to patients of all ages. Advanced Total Dental Care also specializes in restorative, implant, and general dentistry. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 301.637.0960.