At Mayfair Family Dentistry located on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, we specialize in cosmetic dentistry. We understand that having a smile that you are proud to show off is important to you. That is why we offer dental bonding. Dental bonding can be used to repair decayed teeth, close spaces between teeth, change the shape of teeth, make teeth look longer, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, repair chipped or cracked teeth, is a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, and can protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been left exposed when gums recede.
Dental bonding works by applying a composite resin over the affected teeth. Then, that resin is molded over an adhesive gel to reach the desired shape. When the desired shape has been achieved, an LED light is used to harden the resin. After it hardens, you are left with a bright and fresh new smile. Dental bonding can last for over ten years when regular dental check-ups are attended.
Dental bonding is an obvious improvement over using amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are most often made with mercury. The mercury reacts with silver, copper, or tin to bind together and form the filling. Amalgam fillings are unsightly as they are silver and don’t blend into the surrounding teeth. Dental bonding is designed to match the color of surrounding teeth. This offers a natural-looking solution to most dental issues and can even be used just for the purpose of restoring discolored teeth. Safe and affordable, dental bonding is also long-lasting. Capable of lasting over 10 years with minimal maintenance, dental bonding is often chosen because it is convenient for most people’s lifestyles. Just make sure to avoid activities like biting fingernails, chewing on pens or ice, or using your teeth as an opener. This can create sharp edges or misshaped portions on your bonded teeth.
At Mayfair Family Dentistry, we would love to answer any questions or concerns you may have about whether dental bonding is right for you. Schedule an appointment with us today to get started.