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From time to time, our teeth can become damaged. A lifetime of wear and tear on a tooth can result in chips and cracks; or a tooth can become discolored, worn down and flattened over time. A damaged or misshapen tooth stands out in your smile, but it can repaired. An inexpensive and easy way to repair such a tooth is with bonding, which can also close the gaps between your teeth.

After selecting a shade of resin that most closely matches your tooth, your dentist will roughen up the surface of your tooth and then apply a material to it that will help the resin adhere to the tooth. Afterward, the dentist will mold the resin into the desired shape, and then harden it with a light, or in some cases a laser. After trimming the excess material from your bond, the dentist will polish it to match the rest if your tooth.

The process can be done in one visit, and is painless, unless your dentist needs to remove some tooth decay. In that case, a local anesthetic may be required.

A bond is strong, but not nearly as strong as your tooth and its enamel. You need to keep that in mind if you want the bond to last. The bond can be damaged by biting your nails, or chewing on ice, or pens. Your bond can be stained as well, so it is wise to limit your intake of dark-colored food and drinks. In particular, you should avoid anything that can stain your bond for the first 24 hours after you receive it.

You should continue to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss before bed. Regular visits to your dentist for routine cleanings and exams will not only help to keep your teeth in good shape, but will also allow your dentist to check the condition of your bond.

If you are interested in improving your smile with a dental bond, our dentist, Dr. Shay Markovitch will be happy to see you. If you live in the Wappingers Falls, New York area, contact Wappingers Falls Dental Arts at 845-297-0757 to schedule an appointment.