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TOOTH BONDING 

Bonding is a quick, painless in office procedure that places tooth colored material on teeth to repair cracks, chips or fill in gaps between teeth to blend with your natural teeth and enhance your smile. 

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Uses

Enamel Reshaping

Procedure Steps

Care of Bonding

This procedure is great if you have small chips or unevenness in your front teeth or if you wish to improve your smile.  

Bonding can fix any small problems marring your smile

 Before Bonding                Bonding can restore a tooth to its natural color and shape  After bonding

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It is used for:

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Protecting exposed roots of teeth, know as tooth sensitivity

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Repairing cracks, unevenness, chips 

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Close distemas (spaces between your front teeth)

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Reshape crooked or misshapen teeth

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"White" fillings  that look like natural enamel

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Replace old or unattractive "silver fillings"

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Used to whiten stained teeth

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Replace missing teeth

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Stabilize loose teeth

This procedure can usually be done in one visit.  

Bonding can often be done without anesthesia (shots) if there is no decay or pulp exposure. It is done in a shade to match your teeth. 

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The procedure is done by:

The tooth is etched in preparation for bondingThe tooth surface is first etched to make the surface more porous to help the resin chemically bond or adhere to the tooth structure.  

-An ultraviolet light is used in this step.  We protect you from this light with protective eyewear.  

-Your shade color is recorded and matched to your existing tooth.  

The bonding material is applied slowly layer by layer to acheive a natural appearance

 The resin, which is a composite of liquid acrylic and tiny particles of glass, is than applied layer by layer and contoured and sculpted into the proper shape and hardened after each layer.                                              

                    

        The composite resin forms a durable, stain resistant surface.

The surface is polished smooth It is than smoothed and polished to give it a natural appearance.

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A great smile speaks without words

Wear Value: You need to know that this material in NOT as strong as your natural teeth. It does not last as long as a crown.  The life of your composite bonding is directly related to the level of care received. Composites may last from three to eight years and even longer in certain cases.  It can stain and chip if you do not properly care for it.  

     Bonding usually last an average of five years if you care for it properly.  It will need to occasionally be repaired depending on your care of this area.  Bonding is more susceptible to stains than your natural teeth.  

     You will need to have them checked every 3-5 years to be "touched up" or redone to correct wear or discoloration. For more details on their care visit:

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Care of Bonded Teeth

The beauty of dentistry today

Pictures courtesy of Ms. Flossy

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February 06, 2008

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