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Not all damage to your smile is catastrophic. Sometimes, your teeth may only have minor problems such as chips or discoloration. You may have a tooth that is too short, or that is improperly spaced. A simple and easy solution to your problem may be a dental bond. Unless you need to have decayed material from your tooth, no extra procedures are required.

The dentist will select or create a shade of resin that will match the surface of your tooth. After etching the tooth, and applying a bonding liquid to help resin adhere to it, the dentist will shape the resin around your tooth. The dentist will cure the material with an ultraviolet light, and then polish the resin to match your tooth.

If you take care of your bond, it should last about ten years. Bonds are strong, but they are not as strong as your natural teeth and the enamel that covers them. Your bond can be damaged if you eat hard or tough foods, ice, or are in the habit of chewing on objects. If you suffer from bruxism, which is the habitual clenching and grinding of your teeth, you will have to work with your dentist to address the issue, which may include wearing a night guard when you sleep. Your bond is susceptible to staining, especially during the first two days after it is placed. You will need to keep that in mind when it comes to dark-colored food and beverages.

If your smile could use some sprucing up, it’s time to make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Scott Ellard at Scott Ellard Dentistry in Portage, Michigan. If you would like to find out if a dental bond will work for you, call 269-329-1880 today.