Teeth gaps are relatively standard for many men and women who generally inquire with cosmetic dentists whether the gaps between their teeth are addressable using conservative treatments. Dentists have a remedy for minor gaps between teeth with dental veneers, teeth alignment, and composite bonding teeth. So long as the gaps are minor and insignificant, dentists can comfortably close them using dental bonding as an excellent remedy to improve the aesthetics of people’s smiles.
Cosmetic bonding, alternatively called dental bonding, is a cosmetic dental process that helps fix minor damage or gaps between teeth. The bonding treatment helps fill chips, fractures, discoloration, and gaps with composite resin applied to the teeth and shaped to restore a natural appearance. The colour of the composite resin is also matched the shade of the remaining teeth to make it appear like it is a natural part of the tooth.
Diastema is a name for gaps between teeth between the two upper front teeth. However, the gaps can appear in any part of the mouth for reasons like thumb-sucking, improper swallowing reflex, missing or uneven teeth, et cetera. People who don’t want to undergo orthodontic treatment to correct the imperfections can consider teeth bonding for gaps to correct minor cosmetic issues. The dentist completes the bonding procedure in one visit at affordable prices compared to alternative dental therapies.
Dental bonding is excellent for insignificant gaps between teeth. However, patients with significant gaps are suggested dental veneers or orthodontic treatment with clear aligners proving more beneficial to improve their aesthetic appearance and smile in one visit to the dentist’s office.
Orthodontic treatment for minor gaps besides dental veneers is expensive and will set the patient back by thousands of dollars. In contrast, dental bonding is an affordable treatment enabling the patient to improve their smile by making a minor and insignificant investment in their smile to improve the looks of their teeth.
Dental bonding is a conservative treatment requiring no preparation or downtime completed by dentists in approximately 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. The treatment doesn’t require anesthesia unless the patient needs tooth cavities restored or existing fillings replaced with composite bonding material.
When starting the bonding process, the dentist selects the colour of the composite resin using a shade guide to ensure the colour matches the shade of the patient’s teeth. Next, the teeth targeted for bonding are roughed using an etching solution to help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. Bonding teeth for gaps doesn’t require tooth structure removal, and the treatment is entirely reversible if the patient decides on orthodontic treatment later. The composite resin is applied to the patient’s teeth for shaping and moulding the tooth’s appearance. Finally, the material is hardened using ultraviolet light, and if the patient is unhappy with its appearance, the dentist can further reshape the tooth if necessary.
Dental bonding in Edmonton, AB, is durable, although it isn’t as robust as tooth enamel. On average, patients can expect the bonding material to remain on their teeth for five to ten years before needing replacements, but they can also extend its longevity by caring for their teeth appropriately.
With excellent dental hygiene, including brushing their teeth twice daily, flossing once, and getting six monthly dental exams and cleanings, patients can expect the bonding material to last on their teeth for approximately a decade. Unfortunately, some mouth-related habits can damage the longevity of the composite resin, making it essential for patients to care for their teeth and avoid risk factors that might make replacements essential faster.
Some factors that can affect dental bonding include the following:
Drinking beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine and having staining foods can stain the composite resin.
Tobacco is a primary culprit behind tooth staining and also increases the risks of gum disease.
In addition, habits like biting on hard Candy, ice cubes, pencils, pens, fingernails, or grinding teeth can crack the composite resin making it essential for patients to seek treatments for these conditions from dentists.
If patients can avoid the above or limit them as best as possible, it helps to keep their newly bonded teeth appearing beautiful and helps close the gaps between their teeth.
Ellerslie Dental Clinic helps many patients with gaps between teeth to close them using a non-expensive cosmetic dentistry procedure, dental bonding. If the gaps between your teeth concern you, consulting with this practice is suggested to enhance the appearance of your teeth and smile.