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Direct Bonding – Millersville, MD

Correcting Minor Cosmetic Flaws in Your Smile

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If you have a minor flaw in your smile, like a chip, crack, or stain, it’s probably all that you can focus on when looking in the mirror or at a picture of yourself. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry near Severna Park can help – more specifically, a process known as direct bonding. Using a tooth-colored composite resin material, one of our dentists will restore your tooth back to perfection. To get started on correcting minor cosmetic flaws in your smile, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What Is Direct Bonding?

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Direct bonding involves using a material called composite resin that’s made of fine particles of acrylic and glass. This material, which is the actually the same substance that’s used in tooth-colored fillings, is similar in texture to a putty. It can be molded and bonded to your tooth until it’s the desired size and shape. It can even be colored to match the shade of your existing tooth enamel, or correct stains, making it essentially indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Who Is a Candidate for Direct Bonding?

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Bonding can correct all sorts of smile imperfections, such as:

After a tooth has been damaged, that trauma can leave the delicate root of your tooth more vulnerable to attacks from dangerous oral bacteria. They can more easily reach the sensitive center of your tooth and cause infection, necessitating more complex treatment like a root canal. Thanks to direct bonding, you can restore not just your confidence in your smile, but your oral health as well.

The Direct Bonding Process

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The process of getting direct bonding near Severna Park is quick and painless. Depending on how many teeth are being treated, it can usually be taken care of in just one visit to our office. First, one of our dentists will smooth any sharp or jagged edges of the affected tooth. Then, they’ll choose the correct shade of composite resin to most closely resemble your adjacent teeth. Next, we’ll apply the resin in layers and sculpt the highly malleable material until your tooth is the desired shape and size. After using a curing light to harden the material, we’ll send you on your way with your newly perfected smile!

Maintaining Your Bonded Teeth

One enormous advantage of direct bonding is that with proper care, it can last up to a whole decade. You can even extend that lifespan by keeping up an oral hygiene regiment of brushing and flossing daily. Also, don’t forget to schedule regular checkups and cleanings with us to make sure your bonding is still in good condition. For any more questions or concerns about bonding, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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