Makeover gapped, chipped, irregularly-shaped, or otherwise “imperfect” teeth with dental bonding

Dental bonding presents the easiest, fastest ways to dramatically make a smile marred by cracks, chips, gaps, uneven spacing, stubborn discoloration, and other surface, shape, and size-oriented imperfections. Our oral-systemic health experts, Drs. Susan Mazzei, Kelsey Esposito, and Ashley Nguyen, welcome using their considerable finesse and skill to disguise cosmetic irregularities that detract from your appearance and confidence.

Bonding at West Suburban Oral Health Care in Naperville, Illinois

The bonding process involves using a tooth-like dental material to camouflage cosmetic concerns. This composite resin material is perfectly color-matched to blend in with the rest of the natural tooth and the surrounding teeth. Since it is a cosmetic procedure, bonding is only performed on otherwise healthy teeth. Our dentists will first ensure you have a clean bill of health. Depending on what we find during an examination, you may require restorative treatment such as fillings. Remember that some oral health conditions, such as cavities or enamel erosion, can present as stains or discoloration. With further investigation, the feature that bothers you may be an oral health condition rather than a cosmetic or aesthetic concern.

Dental bonding can be performed in one visit and without altering natural and otherwise healthy tooth enamel. The tooth is only slightly abraded or etched to ensure a strong bond between the resin and the natural structure. A conditioning liquid is also applied to support lasting strength and durability. Once the tooth is ready, the prepared composite resin is applied in layers. Our dentists use their blend of technical expertise and artistic skill to close gaps, add height to worn teeth, reshape teeth, and otherwise disguise smile flaws. As each resin layer is applied, the material is hardened on the tooth or cured with a special instrument or curing light. Once the last layer has been placed, minor adjustments or refinements may be made before polishing the improved tooth to its brilliant luster. That’s it! You are ready to go and to smile confidently.

Considerations to sink your teeth into

As partners in our patients’ oral health, we provide guidance on keeping their bonded teeth looking and functioning great. Bruxers, or those who grind their teeth, may require custom-fit oral appliances or nightguards to protect the bonding material from damage. Modifications to habits, such as fingernail- and ice-chewing, can also aid in extending the life of your bonded teeth.

Bonding is also known as “direct veneers.” The alternative to composite resin bonding is indirect veneers made from porcelain. Indirect veneers generally require the removal of some natural enamel and two visits to our practice. The first visit involves preparing the tooth and the veneers. The second visit consists in applying the permanent veneers to the teeth. While porcelain veneers are more expensive than bonding upfront, patients like that they are so durable, resist stains and precisely mimic the strength and appearance of enamel.

We look forward to discussing the advantages and disadvantages of various options available at West Suburban Oral Health Care with you. Call 630-393-3045 to schedule your appointment at our Naperville practice.

Dr. Susan Mazzei, West Suburban Oral Health Care
Dr. Kelsey Esposito, West Suburban Oral Health Care
Dr. Marco Fajardo, West Suburban Oral Health Care
Dr. Ashley Nguyen, West Suburban Oral Health Care

Dr. Susan Mazzei is a skilled dentist specializing in prosthodontics. A graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, she completed a Certification in Prosthodontics before joining the faculty of Northwestern University Dental School as a Clinical Assistant Professor, where she served for 12 years and became Assistant Professor Emeritus. Dr. Mazzei believes that excellent oral health begins with education and prevention and is committed to continuing her education. She is a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach, a Charter Fellow in the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), and has completed the Bale and Doneen Method Preceptorship Program.

Dr. Kelsey Esposito worked in healthcare advertising and communications before realizing that her passions were dentistry and patient care. She holds a BA in Economics and Fine Art from Kalamazoo College, a Premedicine Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from Northwestern University, and a Doctor of Dental Medicine from The University of Illinois in Chicago. She is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Chicago Dental Society (CDS), Illinois Dental Society (IDS), Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and AAOSH.

Dr. Marco Fajardo is a graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, where he also served as a part-time Assistant Clinical Instructor. He was a member of the University Dental Associates of the University of Chicago too. In 1994, he formed the basis of West Suburban Oral Healthcare with Dr. Mazzei. He is now its Team Leader.

Dr. Ashley Nguyen studied at the University of Buffalo and Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL (dental school). She is a member of the ADA, CDS, IDS, and other local organizations. She continues her education by attending dental conferences and seminars.