Closure with Composite Bonding
Dental bonding on
the anterior or front teeth is an excellent method for repairing
minor imperfections such as chips and stains. It can also be
used to fill gaps between the teeth called diastemas. Although
no cosmetic dentistry procedure can take the place of good oral
and periodontal hygiene, dental bonding can brighten your smile
quickly and easily.
What are the most
common benefits of this procedure?
bonding, a composite resin material is applied to the tooth
and then sculpted and shaped to cover damaged areas or to fill
in gaps. This material comes in several shades so it can be
matched to the natural color of your tooth. Bonding usually
requires only one visit, so it is less time-consuming and less
expensive than other tooth restoration methods.
Bonding can be accomplished
in one visit. The length of the visit will depend on the condition
of your teeth and on how much repair work you are having done.
To maintain the results
achieved by this procedure, it is important to practice good
oral hygiene. Follow these steps to care for your teeth after
- Keep your teeth
clean by brushing and flossing regularly.
- Schedule regular
professional cleanings by your dentist or dental hygienist.
- Use gentle toothpastes
that are safe for bonded teeth. Ask your dentist for recommendations.
- Slice hard foods
like apples and carrots before eating them.
- Avoid chewing
on hard objects like fingernails, pencils, or paperclips.
Closure with Porcelain Veneers
veneers and crowns
can often be used as an alternative to orthodontics
in order to close spaces between teeth. Veneers and crowns are
especially appropriate if, in addition to being spaced, the
teeth are discoloured or poorly shaped. Cases involving large
gap closures require significant dental expertise in order to
close the spaces without making the teeth look abnormally wide.
They provide a more permanent solution in diastema (Gaps in
teeth) cases as they do not stain that easily. Using
to treat spacing of teeth is a long lasting solution and is
especially effective when spaces are not uniform. The ceramic
material used to construct veneers is much stronger than resin
and gives a very natural and life-like appearance to the treated
teeth. The disadvantage is the higher cost of the procedure.
Closure with Orthodontics
or wearing braces as this treatment is commonly called is a
very good solution for gap closure. The disadvantage of this
option is the length of time it takes to accomplish the desired
results. It is a relatively permanent treatment provided the
patient has worn the retainers long enough to stabilize the
teeth that have been moved.
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