Fix Gaps (Diastema) Between Teeth With Dental Bonding
A diastema is a gap between two teeth. This can be corrected with orthodontic work, crowns, veneers, or dental bonding! Dental bonding by John T Green DDS is the most cost-effective and immediate result. If you have a gap between a couple of teeth and do not feel that extensive orthodontic treatment or expensive crowns or veneers are for you then dental bonding might be for you!
What is dental bonding? Enter. Dental bonding is a composite resin material that is applied to the surface of your tooth to change the shape or to repair decay and a tooth. Dental composite bonding is non-invasive and can usually be completed in one visit. The composite material is tinted to match your teeth and applied onto the surface and hardened with an ultraviolet light. It is then shaped and polished for a natural-looking finish!
How does the dental bonding procedure work?
When repairing a gap between teeth, tooth structure rarely is affected. If you have decay in a tooth, the decay is removed and filled with the composite material. When filling a gap, both teeth are prepared by roughing up the surface with an etching liquid. The etching allows the composite material to adhere to the tooth surface. Your dentist will determine what shade to use with a shade guide so that your composite matches your teeth exactly.
After the shade is selected and the composite is applied, your dentist will shape the material as much as possible before curing it with the ultraviolet light. Once the composite has been cured, your dentist will use drills and manual files to fine-tune the shape. They will then polish the composite and tooth for a natural finish.
Who is a good candidate for dental bonding?
Bonding is an excellent quick fix but is no substitute for orthodontic treatment. Cosmetically, you will achieve immediate results. Patients with malocclusion, or a bad bite, or otherwise have crooked teeth, would benefit most from orthodontic treatment. If you have overall good oral health, your dentist may determine that dental bonding would be a good treatment option to repair a gap.
Is Dental Bonding Right for You?
To determine if dental bonding is the best choice for you, you will need to take into consideration your daily food and drink habits. Composite bonding is porous and can stain just like natural teeth. If you are a patient that regularly consumes coffee, red wine, or tobacco products, you may consider porcelain veneers which do not stain. There is also a matter of strength. Composite bonding is not as strong as porcelain though it is significantly less costly.
Some patients are able to keep composite bonding for years and for others, it might last only a couple of months. Your dentist can discuss your options for closing the gap between teeth and help you determine what treatment path will be best for you in the long run.
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