What Is Cosmetic Bonding?

dental bondingIn times where you’re not wearing your best and most fashionable clothes, sporting a bright and shiny smile can save you from embarrassment. Of course, getting that wonderful-looking smile doesn’t come so easily for most people. They’d actually have to not just take proper care of their teeth, but also turn to cosmetic dentistry for help.

Cosmetic dental bonding is an example of a procedure that can significantly help improve the look of broken and damaged teeth. The same goes for tooth gaps, and a number of other esthetic and even functional dental maladies.

How Cosmetic Dental Bonding Can Help You

The procedure typically involves the application of a composite resin to one or more of your teeth. To prevent the bonding from standing out, the dental professional will make sure that the material matches the color of the rest of your teeth.

Another alternative to composing resin dental bonds are veneers, which are either made out of porcelain or composite. Of the two, porcelain veneers are known for their durability, but are generally more expensive.

Regardless of whether you go for veneers or cosmetic bonding, both cosmetic dental treatments do wonders for restoring and improving the look of chipped, fractured, discolored and decayed teeth. It may also be possible for the bonding to be used to close small gaps in between your teeth. Although, you’ll want to remember that cosmetic bonding is not a substitute for orthodontic treatment.

How Long Do They Last?

Cosmetic bonding is actually very durable and can last for as long as 10 years. However, that’s only true if you’re willing to make some necessary lifestyle changes. For example, you’ll have to stop chewing ice and other hard stuff such as hard candy as doing so can cause the dental bonding material to crack. The same goes for those who habitually bite their nails. Also, if you have bruxism, or if you unconsciously grind your teeth, especially when you’re sleeping, you’ll want to wear a night guard at night – if possible, a custom made one.

Is Cosmetic Bonding Right For You?

Almost everybody is a good candidate for cosmetic bonding. However, even if the dentist tells you that you’re a good candidate for cosmetic bonding, there are still a few things for you to think about before undergoing treatment.

This includes habits such as smoking regularly, as well as drinking sodas, highly pigmented drinks and coffee. This is because such habits can cause the composite resin to become stained and appear yellowish.

Be honest with your dentist if you smoke, drink coffee, or habitually bite your teeth. This is so that the dentist can find a more suitable treatment for you.

If you’re trying to make an effort to improve on your oral care routine and want to get the smile you’ve always wanted, be sure to bring up cosmetic dental bonding the next time you visit your dentist. Also, even if cosmetic bonding can help improve your smile, you’ll still want to protect by brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist frequently.

To see if you’re an ideal candidate for dental bonding, contact Dental Associates if Hoboken at 201-795-2111 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com for additional information regarding bonding.

How To Prevent Cavities in Children

475936549Tooth decay and cavities are a common problem, not just in adults but also in children. Both are a concern for parents all over the world, a problem that may affect as many as half of all children from ages 2 to 11.

For parents out there, the first step in preventing cavities in your children is to understand what causes it and how to treat it.

Possible Causes 

Cavities and tooth decay occur in children when the bacteria in their mouth start eating away at their primary teeth. Also known as dental caries, the main reason why cavities occur in children is inadequate dental care, such as not brushing and flossing your child’s teeth enough.

One of the more common causes, however, is putting children to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. Done regularly, doing so can put children at risk for what’s known as baby bottle tooth decay. This happens because the milk or juice from the bottle can sit in your child’s mouth as they sleep, which creates a place where bacteria can breed and grow.

Letting children eat what they want and when they want it, such as regularly letting your child eat or suck on candies, can also contribute to their risk for cavities.

Prevention

The first thing that you’d want to do is to stop letting your child go to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. If you do give your child something to help him or her sleep, let your child drink water. Also, when you do let your children drink milk or sugary drinks, encourage him or her to drink from a bottle or a sippy cup, as well as to drink them quickly so that the teeth aren’t exposed as much to decay-causing sugars.

Encourage children to brush and floss their teeth every day as well, and be sure to keep their intake of sugary foods and drink at a minimum. Also, try your best to have your child checked by the dentist as soon as his or her first birthday.

For children below two years of age, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-fluoride toothpaste. The latter is because children below two years of age won’t likely know how to spit the fluoride toothpaste out of their mouth, and may end up swallowing it.

Flossing is also recommended and it’s best to that you brush, as well as floss, with your children so as to set an example for them.

Treatment

Treatment for cavities in children will require dental work. For smaller cavities, dentists may use fillings. However, if the cavities are too big, the dentist may have to restore to using dental restorations such as a full crown to prevent the spreading of bacteria.

Dentists may have to remove severely decayed teeth as letting them stay can cause problems for the adult teeth in the future.

For parents, the best way to protect your child’s teeth from cavities and other dental problems is by setting an example. Also, if you teach your children healthy oral hygiene habits early on, such as brushing and flossing every day, as well as visiting the dentist regularly, they’re more likely to enjoy a healthy set of teeth once they grow old. More importantly, however, teaching your children good oral health habits will make sure that they’ll to stick to them throughout their life.

Be sure that your child practices proper oral hygiene and is taken for regular checkups to ensure good oral health. To schedule a routine checkup or professional cleaning for your child, contact Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111 or visit www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.