Dental Bonding involves the use of a durable resin to correct minor damage or address cosmetic issues with a tooth. The resin is the same type of material used for tooth-colored fillings and can be used to:
- Repair chips or cracks
- Close gaps between teeth
- Build up worn-down edges of teeth
- Sculpt tooth shape for cosmetic makeovers
Dental bonding is a fairly simple procedure that typically takes about 30-60 minutes to complete. Also, unlike crowns and veneers, the bonding material doesn’t need to be sent off to dental laboratories, making it a less expensive option for cosmetic treatments.
Once Dr. Rosado has matched the color of the resin to the tooth, the bonding treatment will begin with the isolation of the tooth being treated by the use of a rubber dam. Depending on how extensive the treatment will be an anesthetic may also be used.
To prepare the surface of the tooth, it will be etched briefly with a phosphoric acid solution, after which a liquid bonding agent will be applied. The etching allows for a stronger bond between the resin and the tooth.
When first applied, the bonding material is putty-like, allowing Dr. Rosado to sculpt the shape. When the resin has been crafted into the desired shape, a curing light will be used to harden it. The process is then repeated with another layer of bonding, slowly building up until the final shape has been attained. Dr. Rosado will ensure that the material is firmly bonded, and will trim and polish the resin so that it is smooth and flush with the tooth.
There may be some minor tooth sensitivity immediately after the treatment, but this should be short-lived.
Caring for your restorations
Regular oral hygiene should continue as normal, including daily brushing and flossing. Scheduling routine dental exams and cleanings are important so that Dr. Rosado can keep an eye on the state of your restorations. While dental bonding restorations can provide you with a beautiful and healthy smile for many years, it is important to keep in mind that the material can be prone to chipping, so you should avoid bad habits like chewing on ice, fingernails, pens, or other hard objects. Let the dentist know if you notice any sharp edges on the bonded tooth, or if the tooth feels too different when you bite down.
Porcelain veneers are a means of giving your smile an aesthetic makeover using thin shells of porcelain. The veneers are bonded over the front-facing surfaces of your teeth, giving them an entirely new appearance.
Veneers are an option for anyone who suffers from tooth discoloration of a type that can’t be treated with professional tooth whitening. They can also improve the appearance of teeth that have suffered small chips, cracks, or other wear and tear. Veneers can even help in cases where there are minor gaps or spaces between teeth, or if you have teeth that don’t line up properly.
There are many cases where veneers may be a great option for improving the look of your smile.
As veneers are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, a minor amount of reshaping and preparation is required. For this reason, veneers are best done in instances where other treatments are unable to achieve the results you want.
Once any outstanding concerns with your oral health have been addressed, getting veneers will normally take two visits. The first will involve preparing each of your teeth and choosing the best color for your new veneers. Though the reshaping of your teeth will be fairly minor, a local anesthetic will still be used to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
Once this step is complete, Dr. Rosado will make an impression of your teeth which will be used to design your veneers to be a perfect fit. This impression will be sent to a dental lab where the veneers will be manufactured. You may be provided with temporary veneers while you wait for these to be ready. On your next visit, the final veneers will be bonded into place.
You should care for your veneers as you normally would; brushing twice a day and flossing. Regular exams with the dentist are still important, during which the condition of your veneers will be checked.
If properly cared for, your new veneers should last for many years before they need to be replaced. You should keep in mind, however, that damaged veneers cannot be repaired, only replaced. For this reason, you should be careful not to chip them. Avoid biting into hard objects or using your teeth to open packages.
Also, while veneers will resist staining, you should still be sure to brush your teeth after drinking anything that might cause stains, such as tea, coffee, soft drinks, or wine.
All peroxide gels work by forming hydrogen peroxide as an end product. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down into water, oxygen and numerous radicals and by-products known as “bleaching factors” that lighten teeth.
Optimal whitening results are only achieved when these whitening gels are: fully potent; chemically influenced to produce a high percentage of free radicals (rather than simply oxygen and water); and a prolonged time is allowed for these factors to fully diffuse into the teeth’s microstructure.
When it comes to the appearance of teeth, probably the most common concern patients have is how white they are. Teeth can become discolored for many reasons, staining from diet or smoking, discoloration from medication, or just from wear and tear on the enamel, allowing more of the yellow color of the inner layers of the tooth to show through.
Teeth whitening is a non-invasive process that can improve the appearance of your tooth enamel and dentin, lightening discoloration and brightening your smile.
It is important to note that tooth whitening treatments will only work with natural tooth enamel, so any crowns, onlays, or composite fillings will need to be considered (and possibly replaced) when deciding on whitening your teeth.
Additionally, teeth whitening is not permanent, as beverages like coffee, tea, or wine will continue to stain your teeth, making periodic touch-ups necessary to maintain the same level of whiteness.
Teeth Whitening Consultation
To determine if you are a candidate for teeth whitening, Dr. Rosado will first perform a comprehensive dental examination to verify that your teeth and gums are healthy. Determining the cause of your tooth discoloration is an important step in identifying whether or not this treatment method will work for you.
If you are planning additional cosmetic procedures such as dental veneers or bonding, Dr. Rosado may recommend having whitening treatment first so that your new restorations can be made to match the resulting shade of your teeth.
Teeth whitening treatments are not recommended for women who are pregnant or lactating, or for children under the age of 13.
In our practice we offer two in-house teeth whitening systems:
Before proceeding with teeth whitening, a professional teeth cleaning is recommended to prepare your teeth for treatment.
After your examination with Dr. Rosado, an impression of your teeth will be taken, from which your whitening trays will be created. These trays will be made to fit your teeth, and only your teeth, perfectly. Once the trays are ready, we will ask you to return for your second appointment, where the trays will be checked to ensure they have the proper fit. You will be provided with the special whitening agent that you will use in the trays for 14 consecutive nights.
Please note that the whitening solution may make your teeth more sensitive during the time you use it, but this should disappear once you have completed the process. We will also provide you with the necessary instructions for the care of your trays, and we encourage you to continue to visit our office regularly to help maintain your beautiful, whiter smile.
Opalescence Go Teeth Whitening
Opalescence Go® is the simple and convenient quick professional solution for professional whitening treatment or periodic maintenance. Opalescence Go requires no impressions or custom trays and is ready to use.
- Opalescence gel contains Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride. Together they help maintain overall enamel health.
- It is ready to use and requires no impression shots.
- The unique new UltraFit tray material is extremely comfortable and adapts easily to all teeth.
- The optimal amount of gel allows for easy cleaning after whitening.
- Application from 15 to 90 minutes for 5-10 days
- Flavors: Mint and Watermelon
For best results, you should avoid foods and beverages known to cause staining, including coffee, tea, cola and red wine. We always discourage the use of products such as tobacco, as they cause tooth staining in addition to their other negative health impacts.
It is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing, to help your teeth stay brighter for longer.
Our smiles are often cited as the first things people notice about us, so when someone lacks confidence in their smile, it can have an impact on their self-esteem. Dr. Rosado understands the kind of impact this can have on someone’s life, which is why our practice offers a number of cosmetic treatments to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you have concerns about the appearance of your smile or feel that it could look better, get in touch with us and schedule a consultation to find out what a Smile Transformation can do for you.
Before any cosmetic treatments can be done, it’s essential to first address any oral health or functional issues with an exam and X-rays. You can discuss your concerns and goals for your smile with Dr. Rosado, and the two of you can decide on a treatment plan that is the best fit for your needs.
The treatments involved in your smile transformation will depend on your individual case and desired results. Below are the most common cosmetic treatments that may be recommended for you. Your smile transformation may involve one or more of these to bring your teeth more in line with the appearance you want. Click on any of the topics below to read more about what they involve.
Bonding uses a tooth-colored resin to change the shape of teeth, address minor chips, close small gaps, and more.
The amalgam fillings, that were common in the past, are noticeable because of their silver color. Dr. Rosado offers resin restorations that can be made to match the color of your teeth, making your fillings far less visible.
For teeth that are too damaged to be restored through other means, a dental crown is an option to restore them not only functionally, but cosmetically as well.
Teeth yellow over time and can accumulate stains. Our practice offers a couple of methods for lightening the appearance of teeth.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that can be fitted over the front of teeth, giving your smile a whole new appearance.
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