If you live in or around the area and want to know how cosmetic dentistry and dental bonding in Irvine can improve the appearance of your teeth, you have come to the right place. Extremely effective, dental bonding in Irvine is one of the easiest, least expensive, and most conservative of cosmetic dentistry procedures, designed to cover up small imperfections and thus enhance the quality of your smile.
Reasons to Consider Dental Bonding in Irvine
Cosmetic dentistry and dental bonding are extremely effective in restoring chipped or cracked teeth, reducing unsightly gaps between teeth, and hiding discoloration or staining. It is particularly useful for front teeth that do not have as much pressure put on them as the molars do.
You may have been born with a gap between one or more of your front teeth, or somewhere along the way, you may have fractured or chipped a tooth. In either case, it is more than likely that you feel self-conscious every time you smile. Cosmetic dentistry can give you back the smile you once had or have always wished for. Bonding can not only repair small chips and close any spaces between teeth but can also be used to change the shape of any given tooth, including making it look longer. Additionally, bonding is also a more aesthetically appealing filling for small cavities.
You may also be unpleasantly aware that your teeth are nowhere as white as you would like them to be, in spite of the fact that you may get them professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Note: The color of your teeth depends on many factors. Some people have teeth that are more naturally yellow than others, or they may gradually yellow with age. Also, regardless of how diligent you are about your oral hygiene, years of coffee or tea drinking can cause discoloration that is not sufficiently remedied by teeth whitening procedures.
Although there are many cosmetic dentistry procedures like crowns or veneers that will fix these small cosmetic imperfections, dental bonding in Irvine is one of the simplest and least expensive solutions that can not only be completed in a single visit to our office but also will not decimate your bank account. An additional benefit is that this bonding preserves most of the natural tooth structure.
How Is Bonding Done?
We will first apply a mild phosphoric acid solution to your tooth that will gently "etch" the surface and cause the adhesive to stick. This is very similar to how the surface of a wall or a piece of furniture is slightly roughened to allow paint to adhere better.
After this, we will apply a composite material that has been matched to the surrounding teeth directly to your tooth, sculpt it into the right shape, then use a curing light that not only hardens the resin but causes it to "bond" to your natural tooth. If present, any rough edges will be gently filed smooth, then we will polish the resin that causes it to look more like a natural tooth and helps it resist stains. However, this does not mean the material is completely stain-resistant. Coffee, tea, and red wine can all affect the color over time, which is why you should have your newly treated teeth regularly cleaned by a professional, which will help minimize staining.
With reasonable precautions such as not chewing on ice or attempting to remove bottle caps with your teeth, dental bonding will last for many years.