What is Dental Bonding?

When we perform dental bonding, Dr. Crosby will apply a composite resin to your teeth to repair small nicks and chips. Because this is such a simple procedure, we can usually fix your smile in one visit. Generally, we can make these corrections after your routine dental cleaning.

Additionally, the procedure is quick and painless. It takes only 30 minutes and we don’t have to use anesthesia. Since we just apply a composite mixture on top of your teeth for dental bonding, it’s fairly quick and inexpensive.

The Procedure

During your visit, we will begin by cleaning your teeth and examining any problem areas. Then, we will further clean any decay or infected parts of your teeth. When your smile is ready for dental bonding, we will add layers of composite resin. We create this mixture in-house so that we’re able to match the shade perfectly to your smile.

Before adding the resin, Dr. Crosby will roughen your teeth and apply a conditioning liquid so the composite resin sticks better. Then, he will add a putty-like mixture to your teeth and harden it with ultraviolet light.

After Dr. Crosby solidifies your new tooth, we will shape and smooth your tooth to make sure it’s photo-ready. In addition to beautifying your smile, we will also ensure that your tooth is fully functional. By testing your bite and scanning your smile, we can make sure your smile is comfortable as well as beautiful.

Functional Changes with Dental Bonding

If you have chips, cracks, or decay, then dental bonding can help. Chips and cracks in your teeth can, unfortunately, lead to larger chips and cracks. We can clean infections and stop them from growing.

Additionally, dental bonding can help repair decay in your teeth and because it uses the same composite that we use for dental fillings, we can repair small cavities with this treatment method.

Aesthetic Changes with Dental Bonding

Not only can you accomplish functional changes but dental bonding can also beautify your smile. First of all, Dr. Crosby can use bonding to fix discoloration in your teeth. If you have small, dark spots on your teeth, we can curate the perfect shade to recolor your teeth.

Other than discolorations, we can make small changes to fix the little things you don’t like about your smile. For example, if you need to elongate a tooth or fill gaps, we can add layers to your tooth to make it happen. Additionally, we can fill small chips that make your teeth look crooked or out of shape.

Caring for Your Smile at Home

Since composite resin isn’t as strong as your teeth, you will have to keep good oral hygiene to retain a beautiful smile. The first thing to note is that the composite mixture can stain quicker than natural teeth, especially while it’s setting. In order to keep your smile bright, don’t eat or drink staining foods in the first 48 hours after your dental bonding. For example, stay away from teas, coffees, berries, wine, and cigarettes.

The lasting effects depend on your oral health habits. If you have an impeccable oral health routine, it will last for years and years. However, if your oral health routine isn’t up to par, you may have to repair your dental bonding occasionally.

Your Dentist in Anchorage for Dental Bonding

If you want to fix the small cracks, chips, or discoloration in your smile, dental bonding is an easy, quick, and painless solution. Dr. Richard Crosby General & Preventive Dentistry can help you make the small changes to get your dream smile. Call our team at (907) 277-1098 to schedule an appointment.