Braces come with many benefits for patients, but one disadvantage that a general dentist may point out is staining. Stains are not an unavoidable result of having braces on for long periods of time. However, braces can make it harder to thoroughly clean teeth on a regular basis, which can eventually lead to stains. Here…
A General Dentist Can Use Bonding for Discolored Teeth
A general dentist can provide treatment if you are displeased with the color of your teeth. Having teeth whitening treatments with bleaching agents done is the standard way to whiten teeth in dentistry, but some types of stains do not respond well to these treatments.
For example, stains caused by overexposure to fluoride, tetracycline antibiotics, and tooth decay do not respond to teeth whitening treatments. When this is the case, the general dentist explores other options like composite bonding, veneers, and crowns.
How a general dentist whitens teeth with composite bonding
Composite bonding involves using mixtures of plastics and glass to rebuild or restore the appearance of teeth. It is a more affordable way of whitening teeth than covering them up with veneers or crowns. It is also a more convenient option because treatment with composites can be completed during a single trip to the dentist. Veneers and crowns typically require multiple trips. The resins used for composite bonding can be color-matched with the patient’s teeth, so a discolored tooth can be covered up to make it appear whiter.
Anesthetics are typically not used during composite bonding. It is a non-invasive procedure that does not involve making permanent alterations to the tooth. This enables the patient to explore other options in the future if they choose to do so.
The procedure often starts with the dentist selecting composites that match the color of the patient’s teeth or have the desired shade of white that the patient wants. Any teeth treated with the composite are then cleaned, dried, and roughened with an etching solution. Roughening the tooth’s exterior enables an improved bond with the composite, so the restoration lasts longer.
The patient’s teeth are dried, and the composite is applied to it in layers. Each layer is hardened with a curing light. The dentist finishes up the procedure by polishing the restored tooth. This makes them shine like natural teeth and more resistant to stains. The benefits of whitening teeth with composite bonding compared to other alternatives include the following.
Unlike other ways to whiten teeth, like veneers and crowns, composite bonding does not require removing portions of enamel to make space for a restoration.
Whitening teeth with composite bonding is often the most economical option. It typically costs less to restore teeth with composites than to cover them up with veneers or crowns. Composite bonding can even be cheaper than teeth whitening, depending on how many teeth are treated.
Composite bonding gets patients that the results they want during a single visit. Teeth whitening treatments might have to be performed multiple times to reach the desired shade. Crowns and veneers often require at least two trips to a dentist.
Restore the color of your teeth
Composite bonding gives you a fast, non-invasive way to improve the color of your teeth. Give us a call or stop by our Boca Raton to explore your options.
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