Barrington Tooth Bonding
Dr. Gavrilos uses dental bonding to correct small defects, chips, cracks, and discoloration in the front teeth. He applies white composite resin directly to the teeth, and the restoration can usually be accomplished in one office visit.
The Art of Dental Bonding
Dr. Gavrilos prepares a tooth for dental bonding by roughening the surface slightly. This helps the bonding agent adhere to the tooth. He then mixes several different shades of the composite resin to mimic the color of the natural tooth. Once the resin is applied, he sculpts it to create the requisite thickness and contour. Dr. Gavrilos then uses a bonding light to harden the composite. Finally, he trims and polishes the resin till it sparkles like the natural tooth surface.
The photo to the left above shows one of Dr. Gavrilos’ patients with misshapen front incisors. The photo to the right shows the same patient after Dr. Gavrilos applied and shaped the white composite resin. The result is so subtle that you cannot see the difference between the tooth and the resin. This level of expertise is not taught in dental school, and Dr. Gavrilos has pursued extensive post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry to attain this level of beauty and subtlety.
Caring for Tooth Bonding
You will receive special instructions on how to care for and maintain your repair. You will use a soft toothbrush and gentle cleaning method to avoid scratching the resin. In addition, you will rely on dental hygienists who have been specifically trained to care for cosmetic dental work for your professional cleanings.
Comparing Tooth Bonding and Porcelain Veneers
Both dental bonding and porcelain veneers are used in creating smile makeovers. However, they have different applications and aren’t necessarily interchangeable. Dental bonding is best used for small defects and is not suitable for large areas or complete smile makeovers. One reason is that the composite resin is not as strong or stain-resistant as porcelain veneers. Click here to find out more on our porcelain veneers page.
If you would like to find out if dental bonding is the solution for you, schedule an appointment or request a complimentary consultation.