Dental bonding is a cosmetic and restorative procedure that rebuilds missing tooth structure, fills in cracks in the teeth, and covers up imperfections like discoloration with a tooth-colored resin that bonds to the tooth enamel.
This entire process is painless, non-invasive, and can be completed in a single appointment. Bonding is often combined with tooth contouring or enameloplasty which involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel to file off sharp edges, correct overlapping teeth, or change the shape of a tooth. Contact us at Dental 1 today to schedule a consultation.
We can change the appearance of a tooth with dental bonding in as little as 30 minutes.
Dr. Pham will examine your teeth to assess the severity of tooth damage, misalignment, or other problems to determine if dental bonding is right for you. You should be in good oral health.
Using a shade guide, we will match the resin to your surrounding natural teeth to produce an even and natural-looking smile.
The surface of your enamel will be roughened and we will apply an acidic solution to etch your tooth and help the bonding agent stick.
Composite resin is applied and molded to the tooth. We will smooth it out and shape it into the desired shape and size.
To cure the resin, we expose it to UV light which instantly bonds it to the tooth and hardens it in place. Then, we can perform the final minor trimmings and polish the tooth.
Banish tooth stains with a tooth-colored resin that can be matched to your natural teeth. For severe staining, we recommend whitening your natural teeth and matching the resin for the teeth that will be bonded to the whitened teeth. This will produce a long-lasting white and bright smile that turns heads when you walk into a room.
Bonding not only improves the appearance of your teeth by hiding chips and cracks, but the resin material itself is strong and durable, adding a layer of protection to your enamel that prevents further damage. Composite resin is also used in fillings to treat cavities and replace missing tooth structure so this is a great strong and biocompatible material to address tooth damage.
When orthodontic problems are minor such as small gaps or having a few slightly crooked teeth, we can bypass orthodontic treatment by covering up misalignment and closing gaps by widening the teeth.
Dental bonding and contouring can completely change the appearance of your teeth by making small teeth look much bigger, sharp teeth look much rounder, short teeth look much longer, and misshapen teeth look much more even.
Dental bonding lasts on average for 3 to 10 years but this varies by person depending on their lifestyle, oral hygiene practices, and even the location of their bonding. Most people get their front teeth bonded, as these are the teeth that are visible when you smile.
Since these teeth aren’t used for chewing, they undergo less wear and tear and the bonding lasts longer than if it were placed in the rear teeth. By practicing good oral hygiene, reducing sources of wear and tear, and limiting staining foods and drinks, your dental bonding will last for many years.
If you have minor cosmetic problems like small chips, gaps, misalignment, or stains that you want to cover up to improve the cosmetic harmony of your smile, then you’re a great candidate for dental bonding.
The main disqualifier would be if you have active oral health problems, severe tooth damage that requires restorative treatment, or orthodontic issues that require orthodontic intervention. We recommend that you avoid smoking and wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth to protect your bonding from damage and stains.