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Dental Bonding: A Worthy Treatment for an Imperfect Smile

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BY Mount Vernon Dental Smiles

Are you looking for a dental procedure to correct the imperfections in your teeth? Then we at Mount Vernon Dental Smiles can help you! We offer composite bonding—a quick and minimally invasive procedure, and compared to other dental treatments, composite bonding is a less expensive option in achieving that alluring smile that everyone wants. But, are you a right candidate for this treatment? Read on below to find out.

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What is composite bonding?Composite bonding is a dental procedure wherein a tooth-colored composite material is bonded to the natural tooth. Unlike other options like veneers, which usually takes two dental visits, composite bonding can be done in a single visit. Who is a good candidate for this treatment?Unfortunately, composite bonding is not for everyone. If a person is suffering from crooked teeth due to an overbite or underbite, then this treatment is not suitable to fix the problem. Instead, they should discuss with the dentist to determine whether they need comprehensive dental work to correct their bite or any complex chips and gaps in their mouth. Bonding is intended for those people who are looking for a cosmetic solution for teeth that are not in good condition.What can a composite bonding fix?

  • Fix chipped or cracked teeth
  • Close the spaces and gaps in between teeth
  • Make the teeth appear longer
  • Improve the appearance of discolored or stained teeth
  • Change the shape of the teeth
  • Protect the exposed portion of the tooth’s root when gums recede
  • Repair decayed teeth
  • An alternative to amalgam fillings

What can you expect with composite bonding?Little preparation is needed for this procedure. Usually, the use of anesthesia is not necessarily required, unless the bonding is being used in filling the cavity of the tooth. A shade guide is used by the dentist to select the composite material color that closely matches the color of the teeth.In preparing the tooth, the dentist will scrape a tiny amount of the tooth enamel to roughen it. Then the tooth is coated with a conditioning liquid to help the composite material adhere to the tooth. When the tooth is prepared, the tooth-colored, putty-like resin is applied, molded, and smoothed to its appropriate shape. With the use of a special light, the composite material is hardened and cured. After the composite material has hardened, the dentist will further trim, shape, and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface. A composite bonding procedure will only take about thirty minutes or an hour unless the patient is having more than one tooth done.Composite Bonding in Alexandria, VA can transform a patient’s smile and self-confidence. Don't wait any longer! Schedule your appointment with us at Mount Vernon Dental Smiles! We welcome patients to schedule a consultation to see which treatments are best suited for them.

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