Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored tooth. Unlike veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and require a customized mold to achieve a proper fit, bonding can be done in a single visit. The procedure is called bonding because of the material bonds to the tooth.
Together we will choose from a shade guide to select the composite resin color that will match the color of the tooth. Then our highly-trained dentists will lightly abrade or etch the surface of the tooth to roughen it. The tooth will be coated lightly with a conditioning liquid, which helps the bonding material adhere. When the tooth is prepared, we will apply the tooth-colored, putty-like resin. The resin is molded and smoothed until it’s the proper shape and then the material is hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser. The tooth will be further trimmed, shaped and polished until it matches the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
Bonding takes about 30 minutes to one hour. To prevent or minimize stains, it’s essential to avoid eating or drinking foods that can stain for the first 48 hours after any composite procedure. Biting fingernails or chewing on ice or pens can chip the material. Bonding usually lasts several years before it needs to be repaired with good oral habits.
Signs You May Benefit From Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses a tooth-colored resin material to enhance the appearance of teeth. Here are signs that you may benefit from dental bonding services:
- Chipped or Cracked Teeth: Dental bonding can effectively repair minor chips or cracks in teeth.
- Gaps Between Teeth: Bonding can close small gaps or spaces between teeth for a more uniform smile.
- Tooth Discoloration: Stained or discolored teeth can be improved with dental bonding to match the natural color of adjacent teeth.
- Misshapen Teeth: Dental bonding can reshape irregularly shaped teeth, creating a more harmonious smile.
- Exposed Tooth Roots: Bonding can cover and protect exposed tooth roots due to gum recession.
- Decayed Teeth: Bonding can be used to repair small cavities and restore the appearance of the affected tooth.
- Worn Tooth Edges: Teeth with worn or uneven edges can be reshaped and restored with dental bonding.
- Minor Cosmetic Irregularities: Dental bonding is a versatile solution for addressing various minor cosmetic imperfections.
If you notice any of these signs or have specific cosmetic concerns about your teeth, consult our Ashburn dentist to determine if dental bonding is a suitable option for achieving the desired improvements in your smile.
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