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Options To Enhance Dental Bonding

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Options To Enhance Dental Bonding
August 21
14:04 2016

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  • Dental bonding is a treatment to correct chipped, decayed, cracked and stained teeth
  • Results can vary depending on the shape and colour of the tooth underneath the bonding
  • Bonding could last well for about five years before needing to be refreshed or replaced

For those who have had dental bonding and are greatly concerned about a growing discolouration of the bonding surface and material, they need not to worry as there are practical solutions to remove the newfound stains.

Dental bonding is a treatment to correct chipped, decayed, cracked and stained teeth. Bonding can also improve or close the gaps between teeth, make them appear lengthier and alter their shape. Essentially, an enduring or permanent plastic balm material, which matches the colour of your teeth, is spread over and congealed with a distinct laser or ultraviolet light on your teeth, which eventually connects the substance in order to recondition or mend your teeth.

Although the bonding is an everlasting material, it does tend to ultimately deteriorate over time and an additional reinforcement will be required at some point. Also, the substance is not as robust or enduring as teeth, and it can become discoloured or damaged.

There are several options available to those who need to have the discolouration or stains removed from their bonds, For instance, one of the first steps someone can take is preventative action. This might require some discipline or dedication on your behalf, to thoroughly clean your bonds daily, while limiting the amount of red wine, tea and coffee you consume.

If you had the bonding inserted several years beforehand and it is therefore older, it might be much more susceptible to discolouring, although a reputable and highly qualified cosmetic dentist can re-bond and polish the new material on your teeth, to ensure that it is much more impervious to staining or discolouration.

“There are two ways to improve colour of stained composite,” said Dr. Jack Slome, a Toronto-based cosmetic dentist who practices at The Accolade Dental Centre. “The first is to polish the bonding. If that doesn’t work, it will have to be redone.”

The colouring of current bonding material is much more stable and will therefore, be more effective in withstanding discolouration. But it is crucial that one to two weeks prior to any bonding that you should have your teeth whitened, as your cosmetic dentist can then match the bonding material to your newly whitened teeth. Your teeth and bonds will then need to be bleached approximately once a year, as your teeth will naturally lose the whitening appearance while the colour of the bonding material will not fade.

If the bonding substance is stained and continuing decay is not apparent, the material may then be simply polished and not replaced. However, the bonding will have to be replaced if there is decay either surrounding or beneath the bonding balm, or if there is a gap or breach on the material’s boundaries.

As for the results that you can expect, Dr. Slome explained that it all comes down to being careful about what you eat and seeking an experienced dentist.

“Results can vary depending on the shape and colour of the tooth underneath the bonding, the materials and colours available, as well as the experience of the operator with regards to bonding,” Dr. Slome maintained. “The patient’s expectations can also be an issue. Bonding could last well for about five years before needing to be refreshed or replaced, again depending on factors like foods consumed that could cause stain, or biting on hard things that could cause chipping and breakage. Bonding can look very natural and last well and has the advantage of little to no tooth removal is required.”

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