Cosmetic Transformations with Direct Bonding
Many patients who visit our Clayton dental office seeking cosmetic smile improvements believe that they’ll need to invest countless hours, days, or dollars in their smile transformations. The Sevens Dental team is happy to offer a viable same day alternative that works for many patients – direct bonding. These custom treatments can be completed in just one appointment, and for many, they are a budget-stretching same-day alternatives to more advanced cosmetic, restorative, or orthodontic treatments. If you want to find out more about direct bonding or any of our other services, contact us to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with our caring team.
What is Direct Bonding?
Direct bonding is a cosmetic procedure that utilizes the same high quality tooth-colored composite resin used for fillings to perform cosmetic treatments. Like fillings, we can complete direct bonding in a single visit. Because of the way the composite resin seeps into pits and grooves in teeth, direct bonding not only improves the appearance of teeth it also strengthens the enamel and protects the tooth from further damage or decay.
How is Direct Bonding Performed?
Direct bonding is performed in a single appointment, and the procedure is completely comfortable and conservative. In fact, many patients could receive this treatment without even local anesthesia, but to ensure a completely pain and stress free experience, we begin by numbing the area around the tooth or teeth to be treated. Then, any damaged or decayed areas of tooth enamel are removed. Next, an acidic etchant material is applied to the surfaces of teeth. This makes a more porous structure for the composite to seep into, creating a stronger bond between the composite and the tooth enamel to ensure the longevity of your smile transformation. Following the application of etchant, we place the custom shaded composite resin onto the prepared surfaces of teeth and shape it into position correcting and concealing your cosmetic flaws. A low heat curing light is used to harden the composite resin into place. Finally, the composite is smoothed and polished into position, leaving patients with flawless, healthy smiles.
Should I Consider Direct Bonding?
If you want to correct a number of chips, cracks, stains, and gaps in teeth without scheduling numerous appointments, direct bonding may be the right solution. Some examples of patients who have benefitted from direct bonding include:
- Patients with small gaps between teeth that could be closed without adversely affecting the entire bite
- Those whose dental discoloration did not respond to teeth whitening – even professional grade whitening treatments
- Patients who have numerous chips and cracks in teeth due to a lifetime of daily wear that can easily be repaired to flawless form and function
How do I Care for My Composite Resin Treated Teeth?
You should continue to brush and floss your teeth daily as usual and keep up with regular dentistry appointments at Sevens Dental. We may recommend you switch to a slightly softer bristled toothbrush or less abrasive toothpaste. Otherwise, you can continue your normal hygiene routine. Additionally, you may want to consider eliminating or reducing the amount of staining foods and drinks you consume. Unlike some other available restorative materials, composite resin is not stain resistant.