Dr. Alfredo Gapuz is passionate about helping his patients achieve beautiful smiles. He offers a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments, including dental bonding, at his Orlando, FL, practice. During this process, he will apply composite resin to teeth that have stains, chips, or other cosmetic imperfections. Often, Dr. Gapuz can also use bonding to conceal minor orthodontic issues. Bonding is a conservative, affordable treatment that can be a good option on its own or as part of a smile makeover. During your initial consultation, Dr. Gapuz will explain your options and help you select the right procedure for your needs. Whether you choose bonding or some other treatment, he will take great care to achieve the best possible results.
Is Dental Bonding the Right Cosmetic Treatment for You?
Dental bonding can be a highly effective solution for patients concerned with:
- Internal or external stains that do not respond to teeth whitening
- Cracks and chips, provided that the damage is not severe and has not weakened your teeth
- Worn or uneven edges, or gaps between teeth
- Slightly crooked or overlapping teeth
Porcelain veneers can address similar concerns, however, because bonding does not require alteration of your teeth it will typically be a better option if you have suffered significant dental erosion. Bonding is also safer on teeth with fillings. In addition, this treatment is very economical, so if you are on a budget, it may be a better option.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
Prior to performing dental bonding, Dr. Gapuz will conduct a consultation to discuss your goals. He will tailor your treatment specifically to meet your objectives and to ensure your complete satisfaction. When you are ready to begin, he will choose a shade of composite that complements your smile. Next, he will apply a mild etching solution to the front of your teeth, creating microscopic grooves in the tissue. This process will not damage your teeth or affect their appearance, but will create an additional surface area to ensure a stronger bond.
By sculpting and smoothing the composite, Dr. Gapuz will make sure that it blends in with your smile and matches the shape of your teeth.
After this preparatory step, Dr. Gapuz will apply a bonding agent and the composite material. He will work carefully to provide highly lifelike results. By sculpting and smoothing the composite, he will make sure that it blends in with your smile and matches the shape of your teeth. When he is finished, he will use a special light to cure the material. As a final touch, he will polish your teeth for a natural sparkle.
Maintaining Your Treatment Results
Although bonding is not quite as durable as veneers, with proper care, it can last for years. Furthermore, because the treatment is so affordable, it will be easy to schedule repairs or touch-ups, as required.
To ensure results that last as long as possible, it is vital that you take proper care of your teeth. For the most part, bonding simply requires routine dental hygiene. You should brush twice daily, floss at least once, and use anti-microbial mouthwash. Biannual dental visits are also important. This regular care will protect the tissue underneath the bonding, helping to prevent decay. In addition, you should not put unwarranted pressure on your teeth. Bonding can stand up to normal daily use, so you should be able to eat normally. Nevertheless, you should not chew ice, bite your nails, or use your teeth to open packages. These habits and similar behaviors can crack the composite and damage your nearby teeth, as well. Fortunately, when you follow proper guidelines, you can enjoy ongoing oral health and a beautiful smile.
Contact Dr. Gapuz’s Office Today
Find out if dental bonding is the right cosmetic treatment for you. Contact us online or call (407) 251-5100 to book an appointment.