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Cosmetic Tooth Bonding

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HAVING A BEAUTIFUL SMILE ALWAYS

We are proud of the ways in which dentistry can restore broken or decayed teeth to full beauty and function. One of the easiest and least expensive ways of doing this is with dental bonding.

Bonding uses tooth-colored materials to replace missing tooth structure or hide cosmetically unappealing minor defects in a tooth — chips, discoloration, and even minor spacing irregularities. Bonding materials are called “composite resins” because they contain a mixture of plastic and glass, which adds strength and translucency. The composite actually bonds, or becomes one, with the rest of the tooth. Cosmetic tooth bonding or tooth fillings are quick to install and relatively painless. Contact our Baltimore dental office to learn more today.

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BENEFITS OF DENTAL BONDING

Composite resins come in a variety of tooth shades for truly lifelike results. When teeth bonding is done with a skilled hand and an artistic eye, it may be impossible to distinguish the bonded tooth from its neighbors. Though dental bonding will not last as long as a dental veneer, it also does not require the involvement of a dental laboratory, and, most often, can be done without drilling of the tooth. It’s a particularly good solution for teens, who often need to wait until their teeth have finished maturing before choosing a more permanent type of dental restoration. All-around, cosmetic bonding is a great option for those who have minor tooth damage. Call for an appointment today!

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BALTIMORE TEETH BONDING SERVICES

Because it does not involve dental laboratory work, tooth bonding can usually be accomplished in a single visit to your Baltimore dental office. Expect the whole teeth bonding procedure to take 30 minutes to an hour.

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First, the surface of the tooth to be bonded will be cleaned so it is plaque-free.

The surface will then need to be “etched” with an acidic gel that opens up tiny pores in the surface.

After the etching gel is rinsed off, the liquid composite resin in a well-matched shade is painted on in a thin layer, filling these tiny pores to create a strong micromechanical bond. A special curing light is used to harden this bonding material.

Once the first layer is cured, another layer is painted on and cured. Layers can continue to be built up until the restoration has the necessary thickness.

The bonding material is then shaped using a dental drill to give it just the right form.

Once the tooth not only looks great but fits in perfectly with your bite, it will receive a final polishing.

CARING FOR BONDED TEETH

Bonded teeth should be brushed and flossed daily, and professionally cleaned at the dental office twice per year, just the same as the rest of your teeth. The most important thing to keep in mind about caring for your bonded tooth is that composite resin can absorb stain, just as natural teeth can. Therefore, you will want to avoid smoking, red wine, coffee and tea to the extent possible.

Also, while composite can darken, it cannot be lightened. So if you are thinking about having your teeth whitened, it should be done before your tooth is bonded so that a composite shade can be selected to match the lighter color of your whitened teeth. If you whiten your teeth after bonding, the bonded tooth may not match all the rest. Finally, try not to bite your nails, hold writing implements in your mouth, or use your teeth in other ways that could put excessive force on the bonding material and chip it. With proper oral care, a bonded tooth should stay beautiful for three to 10 years. Give our dental office a call if you have any questions regarding our Baltimore teeth bonding services.

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CHOOSE FEDERAL HILL SMILES FOR YOUR NEXT DENTAL SERVICE

Federal Hill Smiles offers compassionate dental care for your entire family here in Baltimore. Our team has years of experience in helping you have the best possible oral health. We offer general dentistry services, which includes regular and preventative teeth cleanings, as well as cosmetic and pediatric dental services. We want you to feel good about your teeth, which is why we take our time when you're in the office to perform thorough diagnostics and to answer all of your questions. We spend a lot of time educating our patients so that they know all of their dental options. Your smile is so important to your overall persona, so we want to ensure your smile brightens your day, as well as others'.

If you are interested in our top-rated dental services here in Baltimore, contact our team today!

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