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 It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.

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It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Considering Dental Bonding? 3 Things To Be Aware Of

by Jacqueline Byrd

Dental bonding may be the answer to your issues about how your teeth look. It is fast, minimizes permanent teeth damage, and is versatile in its different uses. However, there are some things to be aware of when it comes to using dental bonding.

Know How Bonding Material Reacts To Whitening Procedures

If you're using dental bonding for cosmetic reasons, you should consider having your teeth whitened before the dental bonding is applied. That is because bonding material will not be affected by the peroxides used in teeth whitening.

You will be better off having your teeth whitened to the desired shade of white, and then having a bonding resin applied to your teeth that matches that color. It will help ensure that the bonding look seamless and blends in with the rest of your teeth.

Know What Foods You Should Avoid

Having dental bonding done will be a great way to fix teeth that are chipped or not looking as great as they could. However, the material is not as strong as a dental implant. You should be able to eat whatever you want once the dental bonding procedure is finished, but you should still stay away from chewing on things that can put stress on the areas that have been repaired.

For instance, those teeth should not be used for chewing sticky foods, and you shouldn't use your teeth to open packages either. All of these things will cause the bond to become weak over time. It may not immediately cause the bonding material to fall off, but can contribute to it falling off sooner rather than later.

Know How to Protect the Bonding Material From Teeth Grinding

If you tend to grind your teeth at night, consider wearing a mouthguard while sleeping to protect the bonded teeth. You won't be able to unconsciously put added pressure on the bonding material, which can cause them to fail prematurely. Not sure if you are grinding your teeth? Ask your dentist, since they can identify if you do based on some telltale signs.

In addition, you should also be wearing a mouth guard when playing contact sports. There is too big of a risk of having an impact to the face occur, which can cause the bonding material to crack. That said, this can even happen to natural teeth if you were in a sports-related accident.

Still not sure if dental bonding is right for you? Request a consultation with your dentist for information about the procedure. You can also check out sites like https://www.allvalleydental.com/ for more information.