Do you have a chipped or cracked tooth? Maybe you want to whiten discolored or stained teeth. Tooth bonding is a quick and easy solution to cosmetic dental problems that many patients face.
If you are looking for a solution to address any of these imperfections, dental bonding can be implemented to cover discolored teeth, restore misshapen teeth, fix the appearance of damaged teeth, and fix gaps between teeth. For the most natural-looking and durable result, we use a composite resin material that can be molded and color-matched to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Dr. Sahil Goyal can complete your tooth bonding procedure in just one visit to the Frederick Center for Dentistry in Frederick, Maryland. Call 301.264.5680 or request a consultation with our dentists on our website.
The Tooth Bonding Procedure
Before treatment, Dr. Goyal will go over your oral health history, budget, and goals to ensure that tooth bonding is right for you. He will prepare the tooth receiving treatment by removing a small amount of tooth enamel. Then a biocomposite material is shaped and sculpted onto the tooth. The material is molded to the desired shape and size and then color-matched. Dr. Goyal then uses a curing light for the final cosmetic restoration.
Is Dental Bonding Right For You?
We always want to ensure that you get the perfect treatment for your needs. That’s why we always schedule a consultation to start a treatment plan before moving forward with anything. We perform a full oral exam and talk about your goals, needs, and budget. Dental bonding is ideal because it’s a temporary, removable restoration. It treats many of the same concerns as porcelain veneers but in a more temporary capacity.
Bonding is one of the few dental restorations that’s completely removable. This means that more patients are eligible for a bonding procedure. Because it’s temporary, dental bonding can be used to fix chipped teeth and other concerns, even in children. Even though their mouths are growing and changing, dental bonding won’t hinder any development. It’s a more cost-effective solution, too, because it’s temporary. Because of this, almost every patient is eligible for dental bonding treatment.
Dental bonding takes care of many aesthetic dental problems, but not all of them, especially in a more restorative capacity. It may not be durable enough to treat certain conditions or issues. For instance, dental bonding can help broken teeth, but not if too much of the tooth structure is gone. Sometimes, other restorations are the only thing that can help you avoid losing your tooth. Dental crowns are often what we turn to in these situations.
Teeth Bonding Versatility
One of the best parts about dental bonding is its malleability. Because it can be molded into different shapes easily, it makes it something that can treat all sorts of concerns. The bonding material can be a thin layer covering a discolored tooth and sculpted so that it lays flush with the rest of your teeth. We can also mold the material so that it fills out a section of your tooth that’s been broken off. It’s shaped based on the look and size of your teeth in that area, so it looks like your natural tooth.
Bonding can treat problems both big and small, too. We can always get more bonding material and color-match it to the rest of your teeth. Whether you have a tiny cosmetic chip or you’re covering your whole tooth, it’s not a problem. We’ll ensure that we have the right amount of bonding material to completely fix your concerns.
Dental Bonding FAQs
Is dental bonding better than dental veneers?
Dental bonding and dental veneers can be used for similar purposes but vary in price and longevity. Dental bonding is more temporary, while dental veneers are a permanent fix to most cosmetic dental issues. We will help you determine which is best for you at your dental exam. Tooth bonding is almost always recommended for younger patients who are still growing or may have changing needs over time.
Can I use dental bonding to fix crooked teeth?
Everything depends on the result you are looking for. Dental bonding may be used instead of braces to cosmetically fix a single crooked tooth or two, as long as it has been determined that there are no underlying bite-related problems. However, if you require orthodontic services, such as Invisalign, that option is more suited for multiple crooked teeth.
Is tooth bonding permanent?
No, however, with the right oral care, tooth bonding can last patients for up to ten years. If you would like a more permanent cosmetic solution, Dr. Goyal can help you explore your options.
What can you not do with teeth bonding?
You should avoid doing things like chewing on pens or ice cubes after teeth bonding. Excessive consumption of hard foods and candies might also harm your bond. In general, these foods are also bad for your natural teeth, so it’s best to stay away from them as a whole.
How long does teeth bonding last?
Depending on the location of the bonded tooth, your bite, and your eating habits, bonding on teeth can last between 4 and 8 years. After bonding, it’s best to refrain from biting directly into food, especially if it’s a hard snack that could damage the bond.
How strong are bonded teeth?
Tooth enamel is more durable than dental bonding. However, bonding can still withstand the pressure of a day’s work without breaking. With proper maintenance, dental bonding can last up to 10 years.
What foods should I avoid after bonding?
Dental bonding can easily become stained. The resin used is particularly prone to staining. Thus, things that might alter color should be avoided. These include red wine, coffee, berries, tea, tomato sauce, and other acidic, deeply colored foods and or drinks.