Teeth become stained over the years. Whether it happens because of age or because of repeated habits such as smoking or drinking coffee, yellowing teeth is a constant threat. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to reverse or mask stains. With procedures such as professional teeth whitening or veneers, patients nowadays can easily overcome the embarrassment of yellow teeth. But did you know that dental bonding is just as effective at masking stains? In fact, dental bonding whitening is faster and cheaper than veneers.
How Can Dental Bonding Whiten Your Teeth?
First off, dental bonding is a resin material made out of plastic. This material is easy to mold and can be applied to a tooth to change its shape and color. When this material is cured with a light it is permanently “bonded” to that tooth.
Most of the time, bonding is used to change the shape of the tooth. For example, when a tooth is broken, chipped, misshapen or when there are gaps between teeth a dentist can use dental bonding to mask these features. However, this resin material can also be smoothed over the front of a tooth to whiten the tooth.
How is this done?
When a tooth (or multiple teeth) is badly stained, the patient may choose to use dental bonding as a form of whitening. This is done by first etching the front of the tooth. This helps the resin to attach to the natural tooth. It also creates a bit more room for the dental bonding and prevents a bulky fit. The etching process is completed by placing a mild acid directly on the tooth.
Once the etching is complete, you and your dentist can choose the shade of bonding for a whiter smile. Once the shade is chosen, the dentist will smooth a thin layer over the stained teeth. Then, the resin is cured with a light. Dental bonding whitening is quicker than veneers- the process generally takes about 30 minutes per tooth. While the time depends on the amount of teeth receiving bonding, the procedure is usually done in one appointment. Bonding is also cheaper than veneers- the cost per tooth for bonding is a fraction of the cost of one veneer.
Things to Remember About Dental Bonding
There are some things to remember when it comes to dental bonding. First off, bonding doesn’t react to whitening products. If you want to have your teeth professionally whitened, we recommend you do this first and then choose bonding to match your newly whitened teeth. This will help you avoid teeth that are different shades. Dental bonding is also more susceptible to staining than veneers. Remember to avoid dark foods and drinks in order to keep your smile whiter for longer! For more information on how dental bonding can benefit you click here. Visit Creative Edge Dentistry for more information about dental bonding or call us today at 405-341-9351405-341-9351.
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