After you’ve had a comprehensive oral exam and been approved for bonding, you’ll schedule your consultation. At this appointment, Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson will begin by cleaning your mouth. Then, a special acid solution will be applied to each tooth that is being bonded.
This prepares the tooth by roughening it very slightly, which allows the dental resin material to bond tightly with your natural enamel. Then, Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson will pick out a tooth-colored dental resin that matches your smile perfectly, and begin the dental bonding process.
The resin will be applied directly to your tooth, and sculpted with special dental instruments to reshape it and correct the size and shape of your tooth. Once the overall shape of the bonded tooth looks good, Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson will use a UV light to activate the resin, hardening it onto your tooth.
After this, they will use a dental drill to further trim and refine the shape of the tooth, and ensure that it looks perfect. Your bite will also be checked to ensure the bonded tooth fits perfectly with your other teeth.
When everything looks good, your new tooth will be buffed and polished a final time. You’ll be sent home if you’re only having one tooth bonded, or this process will be repeated if you’re having multiple teeth treated in a single appointment.
Mostly, you can treat your newly-bonded teeth just like natural teeth. You should brush twice a day for two minutes, floss once a day, and see the team at Carlson Family Dentistry every six months for a six-month cleaning and consultation.
Beyond this, there are a few other precautions you should take. Don’t chew extremely hard foods like ice, popcorn kernels, or almonds with your bonded teeth, as this could cause premature damage.
You also should never try to chew non-food objects (fingernails, pencils, pens, etc.), or use your teeth to do things like tear open packages or rip tape. These habits can destroy your bonded teeth as well as your natural enamel.