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Posts for: May, 2016

By Holly Scott-Hetchler DDS
May 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental bonding  

Your Lansing dentist, Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler, places a high priority on complete oral health for the whole family. She is also passionate dental bondingabout cosmetic dentistry, desiring the best possible smile aesthetics for young and old alike.

One of the many cosmetic dental treatments Dr. Scott-Hetchler offers is composite resin bonding. Using a combination of acrylic and glass, composite resin bonding repairs dental defects, artistically fills in small smile gaps and smooths mildly overcrowded teeth. Durable and wonderfully color-matched, this innovative material strengthens teeth and gives them a really nice, natural look--without the defects.

Here's How Bonding Works

Let's say you have a small chip off a front tooth. The tooth is perfectly healthy, but you're embarrassed about the defect when you smile or laugh. So, you tend to cover your mouth. This is the exact kind of situation your Lansing cosmetic dentist and her caring team wish to avoid. In just one short visit to her office, Dr. Scott-Hetchler repairs that chip quickly, painlessly and within anyone's budget.

First, the dentist smooths the surface of the chip and lightly etches it with a special priming liquid. Next, she uses the putty-like composite resin to fill-in the chip. She sculpts it to form a seamless repair and then uses a special hardening light to cure it. After some minor polishing and bite adjustment, the bonding treatment is complete.

Other Applications

Frequently,composite resin bonding is part of a total smile makeover, used in conjunction with porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and porcelain crowns. Composite resin bonding works well to hold periodontal splints affixed to the lingual side of teeth with compromised alignment due to bone loss related to gum disease.

Caring for a Bonding Repair

The American Dental Association says that teeth refurbished with composite resin require no special care. Just brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily as usual to remove plaque. Also, get 6-month examinations and hygienic cleanings with your Lansing dentist.

Bonded teeth are very durable. However, don't expect them to withstand biting pencil tops, ice cubes, fingernails or peanut brittle. Treat them with respect just as you do the rest of your teeth. With good care, a bonded tooth keeps its good looks for 10 years and beyond.

Find out More

Are you interested in some simple cosmetic dental work? Find out how your smile can improve with cosmetic bonding. Call the offices of Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler for a personal consultation: (517) 487-6333.

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