Dental bonding is a dental treatment in which a tooth colored resin is used and hardened with a special light to make teeth look better. This is a procedure that is used to repair decayed or chipped teeth. Most people opt for this procedure if they want to ensure that the gaps between their teeth can be closed. It is also an option that people choose if they want to change the shape of their teeth. Hawaii Family Dental in Honolulu, Hawaii offers and delivers the best dental bonding treatments. If you are living in Honolulu and are searching for the best dentists in the area, make sure to pay them a visit.

ewa beach dentist - dental bonding
Dental Bonding The Process

If you and your local dentist have decided that dental bonding is a process that is necessary for you, there is some preparation that may be required before you get into the procedure. Anesthesia is required only f the bonding is being done to correct a decayed tooth. A shape guide is required to be able to create the right shape and color of resin to match your teeth.

The base of the tooth is roughened and a liquid is applied so that it can help the resin attach itself to the tooth. The resin is applied and molded into the desired shape before it is hardened with an ultraviolet light. The entire process takes between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the complexity of the procedure.

Advantages of Dental Bonding

Bonding is a process that is relatively easy to accomplish as compared to veneers and crowns that take far longer. Tooth bonding is also a process that can be completed in a single visit, especially if it involves a single tooth. This is a process that does not require anesthesia in most cases and therefore that is another advantage of the process. Some do feel that the bonding process does not resist stains as well as crowns or veneer and while this is true, the advantages of dental bonding cannot be ignored.

The bonding procedure involves very little advance preparation. It can be performed without local anesthesia, unless the procedure is applied for filling a cavity. The dentist will take the help of a shade guide to choose the appropriate composite resin color to match with the color of the natural teeth. After the shade is finalized, the dentist will prepare a rough surface on the tooth and apply a conditioning liquid. This will help the bonding material to stick to the tooth effectively.

The tooth colored resin material is then applied, smoothed and molded to the required shape. An intense pulse light or laser is used to harden the bonding material. Once it is hardened, the dentist will refine and trim its shape, and polish it to provide it the same sheen as the rest of the tooth’s surface. Dental bonding is a popular procedure because it achieves effective results in a safe and non-invasive manner. The treatment duration is short and it involves almost no recovery period. Patients may visit a reputed cosmetic dentistry office in Texas for this treatment.

Have you ever heard the expression “long in the tooth.” This phrase is used to describe older people, but why? Centuries ago the connection between teeth and old age likely made more sense to the common person since horses can often be quickly aged by looking their teeth.

Horses’ teeth tend to actually gain length with age. Additionally, their gum lines often recede into late adulthood. You can informally measure a horse’s age by measuring how long its teeth are.long in the tooth

A longer tooth would indicate an older horse. Merchants would examine horse teeth before formalizing a purchase, to avoid buying an animal that was too old to do the work of pulling a carriage or plowing a field.

Have you ever noticed how long some people’s teeth are? As humans age, it is not uncommon for some bone loss to occur and subsequently recession of the gums to follow.

Swollen gums indicate inflammation and this can lead to bone loss. In some adults, the bone loss has been so severe that the root surfaces of the teeth have been exposed, giving them the appearance of long teeth.

You can avoid this scenario, and limit bone loss and recession, with a simple oral hygiene regimen. Brushing after breakfast and flossing and brushing before bed is a good routine for keeping the gums healthy.

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, this can be an indication that you are at risk of bone loss. Certain medical conditions and medications can also be responsible for bleeding gums, so consult your dentist to determine the cause of the inflammation. You can’t stop the clock, but you don’t have to show your age!

Did you know that most adult dental issues could have been prevented in childhood? In fact, dental decay is the most common preventable disease in children. If we could change that trend, children would experience fewer dental issues, fewer missed days of school, and less anxiety about the dentist.

So, why do so many children experience dental problems? It really comes down to dental IQ. There is a common misconception that baby teeth aren’t important because they are eventually lost. In reality, baby teeth are essential for normal speech development, nutrition, and spacing for the permanent teeth. Here are the 5 best tips we recommend to ensure that your child is setup for a lifetime of good oral health.A boy brushing his teeth

1. Nighttime Is The Right Time

The mechanical action of removing debris from the teeth is a very important part of good oral hygiene. A toothbrush and some water is all you need to brush away the majority of the food and bacteria lingering on the surfaces of the teeth. We always recommend brushing your kiddos after breakfast and before bed. On those hectic days, try not to skip the nighttime brushing, as less saliva is present at night and bacteria can go crazy munching the debris leftover from the day. The acid they produce breaks down the enamel over time causing cavities. You may not realize it, but your kids will need your help brushing until they have the dexterity to do it well themselves, usually about 8 years old.

2. Be Picky About Sticky

If your child is a big fan of starchy foods, like breads, crackers, and cereal, it is much more likely that the grooves of their teeth will become clogged with the sugary substances. Although these foods can’t be avoided all together, you do need to limit the amount and frequency your child consumes. It is incredibly difficult to brush these starchy foods away, so offer up a crunchy snack like carrots, apples or celery to start the cleaning process. Sugar free gum is another nice option, after a starchy snack, and helps clean the sugars off the chewing surfaces.

3. A Little Tippy About The Sippy

As parents we all love the convenience and safety of a sippy cup. However, these handy tools can become the source of major dental issues for kids. Limit your child’s sippy usage to meal times and avoid letting them walk around with one full of milk, juice or pop, to sip at their leisure. The more sips they take, the more sugar is focused on their front teeth. By 2 years old, your child should easily be able to use a straw, which we strongly encourage for all drinks besides water. Most importantly, never put your child to bed with a bottle or a sippy full of anything but water (see rule #1 about nighttime bacteria).

4. Floss Like A Boss

Flossing a child is often a bit of a rodeo, but it is important to start now to develop good habits! Toothbrush bristles can’t fit between most teeth and floss is the only other way to remove food and bacteria. Our rule is that any teeth that touch one another should be flossed. The flossing sticks are a great option for kids! Start this habit as soon as your child has two teeth that touch and make it a nightly event. You can even throw some in the bathtub and make it part of their routine!

5. Don’t Scare Them, Prepare Them

One of the best things you can do for your child is to not terrify them with your personal dental horror stories. It is okay to warn them about the risks of not brushing and flossing, but setting up the dentist as a scary, mean, torturer, is not going to be the best way to prepare them for an inevitable dental visit. The best thing you can do is talk about how important it is that they have a dental check up and how cool it will be to learn about their teeth, how important their teeth are, how much fun they will have etc… Kids that grow up afraid of the dentist become adults that are afraid of the dentist!

Have you looked into the mirror after brushing and notice that your teeth are far from white? They appear yellow, and so you tried brushing them again. But, nothing has changed.

You started growing self-conscious and avoided showing your smile to anyone. The good thing is that your “yellow” teeth are not permanent. You can restore or lighten the shade of your teeth with teeth whitening.

But before we dwell into the solution, let’s dig into the problem — discolored teeth.

 

What is tooth discoloration?

It is expected that at one point in our lives, our teeth can be discolored due to stains on the tooth surface or changes in the tooth. Tooth discoloration can be extrinsic, intrinsic, or age-related.

  • Extrinsic stains are found on the tooth surface and often occur when pigmented residue from food or drinks build up in the protein film which covers the enamel. Aside from food and beverages, tobacco use also contributes to extrinsic stains.
  • Intrinsic stains are found underneath the tooth surface and are acquired when stain-causing particles get into the exterior of the tooth and accumulate inside the enamel, causing the dentin to darken or gets a yellow tint.

Some causes of intrinsic stains are excessive use of fluoride during childhood, use of tetracycline antibiotics when young, trauma, among others.

  • Age-related stains are a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic stains. As we age, the enamel gets thinner, resulting in the exposure of the core tissues of the teeth which naturally turns yellow over time. This intrinsic discoloration, along with extrinsic stains due to food consumption, tobacco use, etc., leads to discolored teeth among adults.

 

How can I whiten my discolored teeth?

You can restore the “whiteness” of your teeth through teeth whitening which lightens the teeth from their current shade.

You can utilize whitening toothpaste or rinses, whitening strips, whitening gels, tray bleaching, and in-office whitening.

  • Available in supermarkets, whitening toothpaste can help reduce discoloration especially if it’s due to extrinsic stains. Whitening toothpaste has carbamide peroxide or hydrogen which are bleaching agents. The abrasives in this toothpaste are devised to remove tooth stains on the enamel.
  • Whitening rinse contains similar bleaching agents as that of whitening toothpaste and is used similarly to ordinary rinses.
  • Made from thin, flexible, and hydrogen peroxide-infused polyethylene, the most common plastic, teeth whitening strips are lightly pressed onto the teeth for contact and worn two times a day for 30 minutes.
  • Teeth whitening gels also have hydrogen peroxide. The gel is regularly applied to the teeth two times daily for two weeks.
  • If over-the-counter measures don’t work, patients can opt for tray bleaching which is a professional whitening kit offered by a dentist. Compared to over-the-counter whitening products, this process is expected to work faster and effectively. Tray bleaching works by applying peroxide-based gel on customized trays. The teeth whitening procedure is activated through the creation of hydroxyl radicals as a result of the breakdown of the peroxide agent.
  • In-office whitening is considered the quickest way to whiten teeth. The in-office whitening treatment utilizes a dental lamp to accelerate peroxide breakdown. Completed in a dental office, very concentrated peroxide is used in this treatment.