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How Dental Bonding Fixes Your Irregularly Spaced Teeth

If you are unhappy because your teeth are irregularly spaced, then a cosmetic dentist can rectify the situation using a process called dental bonding. Dental bonding is a relatively inexpensive procedure and is completed in your dentist's office without the need of anesthesia or pain medication. After the bonding process is completed, your teeth will have even spaces between them and you will no longer feel self-conscious when you smile. 

If you are unfamiliar with the process of dental bonding, here is a step-by-step explanation to help you understand it better:

Step 1: A Shade Guide Is Used to Match the Bonding Material to Your Natural Tooth Color

Since everyone's teeth have their own color shade, dental bonding resin comes in a wide variety of colors. To match the resin material to your teeth, your dentist will use a shade guide. 

Step 2: The Affected Teeth Are Shaped by Your Dentist

Once your dentist has chosen the right shade of resin, they will shape your teeth using an electric sander.

Step 3: The Affected Teeth Are Etched with Acid

Since it is hard for the resin to adhere to the smooth surface of your teeth, your dentist will etch them with a dental-safe acid solution.

Step 4: Primer Is Applied to the Etched Teeth

Once the acid has gently etched your teeth, then a paint-on primer is applied. The primer assists the resin with bonding to your teeth. 

Step 5: Bonding Resin Is Applied and Cured in Layers

After the bonding primer dries, the resin bonding material is applied to your teeth. If your teeth have a significant gap between them, then it may be necessary for your dentist to apply multiple layers of resin.

After each layer of resin is applied, then it is dried and cured using a hardening light. 

Step 6: The Bonding Resin Is Trimmed, Shaped, and Polished

Once the resin has completely cured, your dentist will trim off any excess and shape your teeth so they look natural. After the teeth are properly shaped, then they are polished.

Caring for Bonded Teeth

Finally, it is important to note that while bonding resin is a very hard material, it is susceptible to damage by stains from dark-colored foods and drinks, as well as smoking. So, once your teeth have been bonded, you should avoid these things. Additionally, you should not bite your nails or chew on pens because these actions place excessive force on the bonding material and can cause it damage. 

To learn more, talk to dental practices like Alliance Family Dental.