Dental bonding is the name of the cosmetic dentistry process when Dr. Haque applies a composite resin to one or more of your teeth. This may be to fill a cavity or as part of a cosmetic enhancement. Patients sometimes choose this option when they have a large gap between teeth or have a tooth than is cracked, chipped, or permanently stained. Since the plastic resin is the same color as your teeth, it blends in quite well. Others won’t know that you have had dental work done unless you choose to share that with them.
Caring for Your Newly Bonded Teeth
A common question with this procedure is “How long does dental bonding last?” Like all other dental procedures, your own behavior dictates the answer to this question. Most people report that they can go up to 10 years before having to repeat the process. Since composite bonding isn’t as strong as your regular tooth enamel, it’s important to avoid grinding your teeth. If you tend to do this while you sleep, invest a few dollars in a mouth guard to prevent it.
Some additional habits that you need to avoid to maximize the longevity of your dental bonding include chewing on ice cubes and pen caps, biting your fingernails, and using your teeth to open food bags. Additionally, composite resin doesn’t resist staining as well as porcelain veneers. That is why it’s important to avoid habits such as smoking, drinking a lot of coffee or wine, and frequently eating dark-colored foods. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily and visiting Dr. Haque for regular check-ups can also help to increase how long your dental bonding lasts.
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