About seven years ago, I started noticing that my two front teeth were moving apart from one another. Whereas before, I had difficulty flossing, now the area between the two seemed to have magically widened. After being traumatized by orthodontics in my youth, I couldn’t go through it again – I was an adult!
To make things even worse, I had just moved to a new city, started that new job, and I had not yet found a dentist. I was extremely stressed out and finally, I made an appointment to be seen by a practice that was within walking distance of my office. During one of my lunch breaks, I walked over and prepared myself for the inevitable. Braces.
When I went for my next cleaning, I asked about the ever-widening gap between my front teeth. I told my dentist about not wanting to go through the braces experience again and he asked me if I was familiar with bonding.
He explained that he would be able to apply composite resin in a manner that would totally eliminate the minor gap between my two front teeth. I made an appointment and the entire process was SO easy and not the least bit painful.
There was absolutely no need for anesthetics. Special attention was paid to ensure that the color of the resin composite material matched the shade of my two front teeth. Prior to applying a thin coating to the area, the dentist coated my teeth with a special conditioning liquid to facilitate a positive “bonding” relationship. After he applied a thin coat to the area between my front teeth, he very carefully used a set of tools to sculpt and mold the resin so that it would look very natural. He was meticulous and I couldn’t believe how much time he was spending on such a small area! As he refined and perfected the area, a high-intensity light was used to harden the material followed shortly thereafter by a sanding and smoothing procedure. Ninety minutes later, I couldn’t believe my eyes. My gap was closed. My two teeth looked like they came together in perfect harmony.
That was seven years ago and even though there’s no absolute guarantee on how long the resin will remain in place (I hear it can range from three years to ten years) – my gap remains closed. There are no stains or discolorations and not one person has noticed that my smile is perfected by the small amount of resin bonding. This procedure cost me just under $1000. Although it wasn’t covered by insurance, it was one of the wisest investments I have ever made in myself.
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