Your Akron family dentist, Dr. Arthur Benson, practices all phases of dental care: preventive, restorative, and cosmetic. As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Benson remakes smiles with a range of truly artistic techniques and state-of-the-art materials that render amazing results. One of the most sought-after services is dental bonding.
What is dental bonding?
Also called direct bonding or composite resin bonding, this elegant process comfortably and quickly remakes chipped, stained, gapped or cracked teeth. Termed an additive treatment by your Akron family dentist and his professional colleagues, bonding puts a tooth-colored blend of acrylic and glass right on minor defects. Then, it's shaped, trimmed and hardened for a surface that's durable and natural-looking.
Both dentists and patients like dental bonding because of its wonderful results, low cost and ease of application. At Dr. Benson's office, bonding takes just one appointment and recreates natural tooth shape.
Here's how it works
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that bonding needs no extensive enamel reduction. However, Dr. Benson will prepare the tooth surfaces and use a mild etching liquid. These steps ensure a firm connection between the composite resin and the tooth.
After he prepares the enamel, Dr. Benson uses the tooth-colored putty to create a natural looking shape, shade and texture. Dr. Benson blends away those annoying defects by alternatively applying thin layers of resin and hardening them with a special curing light. When the final shape is reached and cured, he polishes the tooth to a bright finish.
The lifespan of direct bonding
Much depends on the wear and tear on the tooth, but on average, a bonding repair should last five to ten years. You can avoid premature wear by using a bite guard if you grind your teeth and an athletic guard if you play sports. Also, avoid super-hard foods such as peanut brittle and ice, and don't try to open bottles or packages with your teeth.
Additionally, brush and floss as you normally would. See Dr. Benson semi-annually for exams and hygienic cleanings. He'll also check your bonded teeth for cracks or other problems.
Why not schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Arthur Benson and his friendly team? Office hours are very convenient. You'll learn if direct bonding can improve your teeth and help you feel proud of your smile. Call (330) 666-8757.