What is tooth colored bonding?
Bonding is a cosmetic filling used to change the size or shape of your teeth, creating a smile that appears more symmetrical ans space free. To fill in defects or cavities, a bonding material made from resin is applied to the teeth. Fillings made from silver/amalgam can be hazardous to your health. Dr. Salmassian takes prides in providing a metal free fillings. Composite resins fillings can perfectly match the physical characteristics and color of natural teeth, and actually strengthening them in the process.
Who needs bonding?
Anyone can use a tooth colored bonding, but it is a procedure where your Santa Clarita dentist, Dr. Salmassian, applies a tooth-colored composite resin to one or more of your teeth to repair damage. It’s a cost-effective solution because it’s considerably less expensive than other cosmetic dental procedures, such as crowns and veneers.
How does it work?
During your orthodontic treatment, which usually lasts 6-18 months, you wear braces and will visit your orthodontist for scheduled adjustments to your braces. As your teeth move with the braces, you may think that your bite is getting worse rather than better. However, when your jaws are placed into proper alignment during orthognathic surgery, the teeth will then fit into their proper positions.
Surgery is performed in the hospital with an oral surgeon, and can take several hours, depending on the amount and type of surgery needed. In lower jaw surgery, the jawbone behind the teeth is separated and the tooth-bearing portion is moved forward or backward, as needed. In upper jaw surgery, the jaw can be repositioned forward or backward, or the jaw can be raised or lowered. Certain movements may require the jaws to be separated, with bone added/removed to achieve the proper alignment and stability. Other facial bones that contribute to alignment may also be repositioned or augmented.
When you have completed surgery, you should be able to return to school or work within 2 weeks. After the necessary healing time (about 4-8 weeks), your orthodontist “fine-tunes” your bite. In most cases, braces are removed within 6 to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile.