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No two smiles are alike, nor should they be because we're all individuals. However, there are some general guidelines both dentist and dental bondingpatient follow when determining what a healthy smile looks like. That's where cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Robert Wyler comes in. This highly skilled dentist helps his Waukesha, WI, patients achieve the smile of their dreams through a variety of aesthetic treatments. A simple one is composite resin bonding. It literally makes defects in tooth enamel disappear.

What is composite resin?

It's a versatile, lifelike dental material which closely mimics natural enamel in color, texture and strength. When applied in layers, sculpted, cured and polished by your Waukesha dentist, composite resin recreates natural tooth structure, repairing noticeable flaws such as:

  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Pits
  • Gaps
  • Overlapping edges
  • Deep stains from prescription medications or tobacco
  • Malformed teeth (such as a peg-shaped lateral incisor)

The treatment is easy

Also called direct bonding, this aesthetic treatment uses a translucent and tooth-colored blend of glass particles and acrylic. The resin adheres seamlessly and permanently to tooth surfaces prepared with a mild etching liquid. Direct bonding is an additive treatment, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, meaning it augments healthy, but cosmetically compromised, tooth enamel.

The treatment process takes just one visit to Dr. Wyler's Waukesha office, and it's completely painless. The dentist will gently reshape the tooth to achieve the required surface. Then, he etches it and fills the cracks, gap or whatever the flaw entails. The final step is a curing with a special blue light.

Repairs with composite resin last five years or even more with routine at-home and in-office hygiene. Also, bonded teeth should be treated gently by avoiding hard foods and by not chewing non-food items such pencils.

Benefits of composite resin

Beside lasting for years and beautifying smiles, composite resin strengthens tooth enamel. It's so strong that Dr. Wyler also uses it for most dental fillings. It's an attractive and durable alternative to old-style amalgam and can be used literally anywhere in the mouth. Bonding also holds periodontal splints in place and revives the look and length of teeth that show excessive wear and tear.

Are you interested?

Direct bonding is simple, and it may be just what your smile needs. Why not ask your dentist in Waukesha, WI, about it? Call his office today to book your cosmetic dentistry consultation: (262) 784-5757.