What is Tooth Bonding?


Tooth Bonding: The simple, cost-effective way to beautiful teeth.

Today, dental patients are fortunate to have a wide range of cosmetic dental tools and solutions at their disposal to help improve and restore their smiles. But, what is considered one of the easiest and least expensive– yet highly effective — cosmetic dental procedures available today? Tooth bonding!

Bonding Basics

What exactly is tooth bonding? Tooth bonding is a fairly simple cosmetic procedure where a dentist applies a resin (durable plastic) material that is hardened to bond to the surface of the tooth. The dentist meticulously sculpts and buffs the resin to conform to the shape of the tooth for a natural appearance and feel.  This process helps restore the patient’s smile, and it is especially beneficial in cases where the patient may feel self-conscious due to a chipped or discolored tooth.

Tooth Bonding Advantages

We have already highlighted that tooth bonding is a very easy and affordable solution, especially compared to veneers, crowns, or other more complex cosmetic dental procedures.  Patients opting for dental bonding also appreciate that no advance preparation is necessary — there’s no need for a mold to be taken ahead of time to be sent out to a lab. Bonding can be completed in a single visit and the procedure usually only takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete. Typically, anesthesia is not necessary. That’s right, you are in and out of the dental chair within an hour and the procedure won’t hurt you – or your wallet!

Maintaining Good Bonds

For most patients, tooth bonding can last for up to 8 years if they maintain their teeth properly. Therefore, patients are encouraged to follow some simple rules of thumb to achieve the long-term benefits of bonding. It is wise to cut down on consumption of coffee and red wine, which can stain the resin, not to mention the surrounding teeth. (“Just say no” to smoking for the same reason).  While it’s always advisable to avoid biting your nails or chewing hard items, this especially holds true for those with dental bonding, as the bonded tooth or teeth may chip more easily. If you DO notice discoloring or chipping, call your dentist as soon as possible as any damage to the bonding can likely be repaired or touched up.

Is a discolored or chipped tooth inhibiting your smile and self-confidence? Now you know that tooth bonding is a simple and cost-effective solution. Contact Dr. E today to schedule a tooth bonding consult. And click here to learn more! https://drefamilydental.com/teeth-bonding/


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