Do you have a cosmetic blemish you wish you could hide?
Dental bonding is a semi-permanent solution for repairing minor damage or cosmetic blemishes that impact the apperance of the smile. Dental bonding can help to restore a tooths natural aesthetic without the financial or long-term commitment of dental veneers.
Claremont Dental Institute provides dental bonding for children, teen, and adult patients. Our dentists integrate dental technology with their advanced skill set providing patients with natural-looking results that improve oral health and boost self-confidence.
Is dental bonding right for me?
Your dentist may recommend dental bonding for your child or teen’s growing smile. Bonding can be reversed down the road and replaced with porcelain veneers once your child’s smile matures.
Bonding is also an effective and natural looking solution for patients who are looking for a short-term solution for improving the appearance of their smile. If your tooth was damaged unexpectedly, bonding is a more affordable way to repair your tooth right away and may help to prevent secondary dental concerns from developing.
What is dental bonding?
Bonding is a malleable plastic resin material that your dentist bonds to your tooth. The bonding is molded into the desired shape while on the tooth allowing for a more precise outcome.
Your dentist will match the color of the resin to the tooth for a seamless result. The dental resin is highly durable and stain resistant.
Dental bonding can be used to fill a dental cavity or may be used for restoring a damaged or broken tooth. Dental bonding can also be used to improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth. In some cases, bonding may be used to address exposed tooth roots due to a receding gum line or to close small gaps between teeth.
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Tooth Bonding What to Expect
A thorough oral health exam with your Claremont Dental Institute dentist will help to determine if dental bonding is the appropriate solution for your dental concerns. We provide comprehensive dental exams before all procedures to ensure that we address underlying functional issues, allowing for more stable and healthy smiles.
The dental bonding treatment is simple, quick and effective. Patients are usually able to receive treatment with only a local anesthetic for their optimal comfort. Typically, patients can have the appearance of their tooth restored in just a single visit to our office.
Your dentist will gently remove a minimal amount of the tooth’s surface in preparation for the bonding resin. Your dentist will place the bonding directly onto the prepared tooth and form the material into the desired shape. During this process, your dentist will keep an open line of communication with you so that you can give the final approval on the apperance of your new smile.
Once you and your dentist are happy with the shape, size, and color of the dental bonding, a light is applied to the material. The light activates the resin’s hardening agent and seals the bonding in place. The tooth is then polished to a natural shine. The bonded tooth will be indistinguishable from neighboring teeth.
With good at home oral hygiene and routine dental health checkups, dental bonding can last for up to 10 years. Patients may benefit from minor repairs to the bonding in order to maintain their result.
Your tooth bonding results can last anywhere between 3 to about 10 years. Tooth bonding is not permanent, and will need to be touched up or replaced every few years. This depends on how much bonding material was used, and other factors. If you want a more permanent result, consider porcelain veneers.
Yes. Tooth bonding is the simplest form of cosmetic restoration for its purpose. A more permanent restoration that solves all the same issues is porcelain veneers. Although more costly, dental veneers are far superior than tooth bonding, don’t need periodic touchups, and can last a lifetime. Dental crowns are another option, but have their limits.
Some patients experience an initial feeling of sensitivity, but this goes away after the tooth has gotten used to the bonding material. Avoid eating hot or really cold foods for the first day of having your teeth bonded. This will prevent any discomfort or shock to your system.