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Cosmetic Dental Bonding For A Great Smile

Having the perfect set of pearly whites can be achieved with several advances in the techniques of services offered by cosmetic dentists. With the right dentist and materials, even teeth that were once not taken care of can be restored and revamped to provide you with a flawless smile. While services are available in practically every city, beauty does not come cheap. Dental veneers, teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry bonding can add up to a pretty penny. Because it is a rather hefty investment, it is important to research your options of dentists in the area, the procedure itself, and average pricing of services.

 
Dental bonding is a composite filling that is used to provide patients with a restored and improved smile. The most common reason a patient will seek out dental cosmetic bonding is to reshape misshapen teeth, fill in gaps and lighten noticeable stains. Covering up these flaws provides pleasing results and a polished surface. With advances in the cosmetic bonding used, the filler is known to last between seven to eleven years after being applied.
 
The process of the procedure is very basic. A solution is applied to the primary teeth to create a rough surface for resin to adhere to. The bonding chosen will depend on the coloring and shade of your teeth and will be customized to blend evenly. The bonding is adhered to the teeth using a high intensity light or dental lab equipment  that hardens within minutes. The amount of layering will depend on the task at hand. Each particular case will vary, however an average project will take between one and two hours.
 
Tooth bonding itself is a one visit procedure, though the bonding can be associated with restorations that have been made in a laboratory. If the area of tooth to be restored is small, the materials used usually require only one visit. Larger areas require the two visit procedures. If done in two visits, there will be a temporary restoration (usually also a composite resin) placed with a sedative temporary cement.
 
Before bonding, any decay or old filling material present is removed. Then the tooth surface to be bonded is slightly roughened and treated with a mild etchant to provide maximum bond strength. Then the bonding materials are placed in a layered sequence and "cured" with a high intensity light after each layer. Then the restoration is shaped and polished to a smooth finish and proper contour and fit with adjacent and opposing teeth. Sometimes the tooth and bonding are then treated again and "sealed" with a clear sealer layer of bonding material.
 
It is very important to maintain the bonded restorations just like teeth by carefully brushing and flossing using a non-abrasive toothpaste and ultrasonic cleaner. If many of the biting surfaces of teeth have been restored or there is a history of grinding or clenching of the teeth, then the dentist may recommend a plastic guard, called "occlusal guard" or "night guard" since many people wear them at night. The jaw joints are protected by the guard as well as the restorations.