Get A New Smile In A Day With Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a non-invasive, efficient, and affordable cosmetic dentistry option for patients in Wausau, Schofield, Weston or Rothschild who would like to enhance their smiles. With this treatment, Dr. Skutak can restore your smile in just a single appointment and treat cosmetic imperfections like small gaps, stains, small or misshapen teeth, and more.
What To Expect From
The Dental Bonding Process
The process of dental bonding is fast, convenient, and completely non-invasive. Treatment begins with a thorough cleaning. Then, a special solution is used on the teeth which are being bonded, to “etch” the surface and allow the resin to bond tightly to the enamel. After this, Dr. Skutak will select a dental resin that matches the color of your teeth perfectly, and apply it to your tooth.
The resin is pliable, so Dr. Skutak will sculpt it into the proper overall shape and size for your tooth. Then, she will use a special UV light to harden it. Once the resin has hardened, she will trim the resin further, until it’s shaped just like a beautiful, natural tooth. Your tooth will be buffed and polished, and you’ll leave our Rothschild office with a fresh, improved smile. It usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour to bond each tooth.
Of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding has a number of great benefits. First, it’s very fast and convenient. You can often have multiple teeth treated in just a single appointment, allowing to restore your smile with no wait time between multiple appointments. Bonding is also very affordable compared to other cosmetic dentistry procedures, so it’s ideal if you want to restore your smile on a budget. Bonding is completely non-invasive, which means that no drilling or surgery is required, and most patients do not even need to have their mouths numbed during the process.
Can Dental Bonding
Fix Gaps in Teeth?
Yes, dental bonding can fix gaps in teeth. In fact, most dentists recommend dental bonding for fixing large gaps in teeth. However, this doesn’t make it a substitute for orthodontic treatment. The dentist will examine your teeth to determine whether dental bonding is ideal for fixing your tooth gap or whether orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign work better.
The dentist usually checks the location and size of the gap before recommending dental bonding to fix it. Fixing large gaps between the teeth with dental bonding is straightforward and only requires a single visit. The bonding material is a putty-like substance that the dentist applies in layers on the teeth on either side of the gap. Before doing so, the dentist will use etching acid to roughen the surface, which increases the surface area for adhesion.
After etching, the dentist will carefully apply the dental bonding material (Composite resin) until it fills the gap. The dentist will then mold and shape the bonding material to look like your natural teeth. Once molded, they use a special light to cure or harden the bonding material. After polishing and a few touch-ups, you’ll be good to go home.
How Can I Care
for My Bonded Teeth?
Bonded teeth require a lot of care to prolong the lifespan of the dental bond. Fortunately, caring for bonded teeth is a cakewalk and typically involves maintaining your usual oral hygiene routine. This means brushing your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes every time and flossing daily.
You should also avoid biting down on hard foods like raw carrots and apples and biting down on hard objects like your nails, bottle caps, and others. Also, steer clear of alcohol or avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Alcohol dissolves the bonding material that attaches the bonding to the tooth, leading to premature failure of the dental bonding.
Dentists also advise against consuming coffee, tea, red wine, and other pigmented drinks for the first two days after getting your teeth done. These foods are highly pigmented and will likely stain your dental bonding. Lastly, schedule a dental visit every six months to check the condition of your dental bonding and clean plaque and tartar on your bonded teeth.
Can I Whiten
No, you cannot whiten dental bonding because the bonding material is different from the tooth’s enamel. This means the whitening against will have no effect on the bonding material. The good news is that the composite resin used for dental bonding is impervious to cavities, meaning it cannot stain from dental decay. However, it’s prone to staining and discoloration from pigmented drinks and improper oral hygiene.
The only way to whiten bonded teeth is by applying an extra layer of resin material to cover the discoloration. This takes no more than 10 minutes and usually lasts longer than ordinary teeth whitening. However, maintaining proper oral hygiene is the surest way to guarantee the whiteness of your bonded teeth.
Schedule A Consultation
At Skutak Dental
Not sure if dental bonding is right for you? At Skutak Dental, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options in Rothschild. Dr. Skutak can provide you with a cosmetic consultation and she will discuss all of your options for restoring your smile, including bonding.
To get started, just contact us at (715) 355-4433, or come to our office in person at 700 Eagle Nest Boulevard, Suite E, Rothschild, WI 54474. We hope to see you soon!