Dental Bonding in Post Office Square, Boston, MA
Dental bonding is an esthetic dental procedure performed to restore chipped, cracked, stained, or moderately fractured front teeth. The dental resin protects the teeth from breaking down even further. Additionally, dental bonding in Post Office Square can help fill small gaps between the front teeth, lengthen shorter teeth, and give crooked teeth a straighter appearance.
The Differences Between Dental Resin Bonding and Porcelain Veneers
Dental bonding is also called direct or chairside veneers.
The preparation appointment for both restorations is the same. Using a dental handpiece, your dentist will remove a small portion of the enamel from the front of the tooth and the biting surface – just enough to accommodate the thin shell of porcelain or composite.
At this point in the procedure is where things differ.
During a direct bonding appointment, your Post Office Square dentist will condition the tooth, prime it, and apply an adhesive. Then, they will apply the composite resin, which is soft, almost like tooth-colored playdough. Using a special instrument, the dentist will shape the material to restore the tooth. After light curing the composite with a UV light, the composite will be shaped and polished. And then, you get to go home with a beautiful new restoration.
If you are getting porcelain veneers, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth after they have been prepared. The impression is sent to a dental lab so the lab technician can fabricate your custom porcelain crowns. Until your delivery appointment – which can be up to three weeks later – you will wear custom-made temporary veneers.
The Benefits of Dental Bonding in Post Office Square
The esthetic benefits of dental bonding include:
- Straighter looking front teeth
- Fewer gaps
- A brighter, whiter smile
- No chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- More confidence
But dental bonding goes beyond esthetics. It can also improve the function of your teeth, as well as the health of your teeth and gums.
Fixing cracks, chips, and fractures can help you chew properly, while also helping to prevent further breakdown and damage. Having fewer gaps, chips, and fractures can help prevent food impaction and excessive plaque build-up, which can help reduce your risk of decay and gum disease.
How to Care for Bonded Teeth
After you have had dental bonding in Post Office Square, you will care for your restorations just as you care for your natural teeth.
- Brush at least twice a day
- Use an electric toothbrush if possible
- Floss at least once a day
- Use proper brushing and flossing techniques
Like your teeth, the composite resin is susceptible to staining, so you might want to limit or avoid foods that are infamous for quickly staining the teeth, such as:
- Coffee, tea, cola
It is best if you avoid smoking (tobacco and marijuana), including all tobacco products, as these can quickly stain the teeth.
If you cannot go without your daily cup of black coffee, tea, or cola, try drinking through a straw to help prevent some staining.
Always Committed to Providing Affordable Options
We want all our patients to achieve the smile of their dreams. We also understand, though, that certain esthetic procedures are out of the price range of some patients. Therefore, we offer multiple options for patients to choose from, some more affordable than others.
While dental bonding does not last as long as porcelain veneers, it can last for years and look beautiful with the proper care. We will help you take steps to care for your esthetic restorations so you can enjoy your smile for many years to come.
Are you curious if you are a good candidate for dental bonding? Call us at (617) 426-6011 to schedule a consultation to discuss your needs.