Cosmetic bonding is an aesthetic dental procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is used to correct minor imperfections. Bonding is affordable and effective, and the procedure itself is quick and painless. Unless a previous restoration needs to be removed before a tooth is bonded, no anesthesia is needed, as all work is done on the surface of the tooth only. We use bonding to:
- Close gaps between two teeth
- Add length to teeth
- Adjust the size and shape of teeth
- Cover over stains and discoloration
- Fill in where teeth have chipped
- Fix cracks and other minor cosmetic damage to the tooth structure
During the bonding process, we first remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to roughen the surface in order to allow the bonding material to attach properly. A conditioning liquid is applied to your remaining enamel to prepare it for the bonding agent, and then the composite resin is applied. We smooth and shape the resin until it matches your adjacent teeth and looks completely natural, then it is cured with an ultraviolet light. Once the bonding has hardened, we refine the shape further to make sure it’s perfect, then polish the bonding material so it matches the appearance of surrounding teeth. The entire process typically takes under an hour, although this depends on the number of teeth and the extent of the bonding needed.
Bonding looks completely natural when performed by a skilled cosmetic dentist. We use a shade guide to ensure that the color blends in with adjacent teeth. While bonding isn’t for everyone and it does not last as long as other cosmetic dental treatments, it is one of the least expensive options for correcting a tooth’s appearance. Another advantage is that cosmetic bonding can be completed in a single appointment, while other cosmetic procedures, like dental veneers, require at least two visits, one for preparation and one for final placement.
The lifespan of cosmetic bonding depends on a variety of factors, with the most important being the location of the bonding. If composite resin is being used to replace the corner of a front tooth that has chipped off, the bonding is more likely to fall off sooner with daily wear-and-tear from biting. You can expect bonding to last anywhere between three to ten years, which still makes it an effective solution for the cost involved. Other ways to ensure that your cosmetic bonding lasts a long time are to limit the consumption of coffee, tea, red wine and other foods and beverages that can cause staining, and to avoid biting into hard foods like apples, carrots, or nuts using the tooth that has been bonded. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth in your sleep, cosmetic bonding may not be an appropriate option for you.
Cosmetic Bonding In Washington, DC
If you suspect you have chips, gaps, cracks, and other imperfections that you would like corrected with cosmetic bonding, contact Blossom Dentistry at 202-922-2900 to schedule an appointment today.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to bond a tooth?
Bonding costs $265-$600 per tooth, depending on how much of the tooth is being bonded. Check with your dental insurance plan to see if all or part of the cost is covered.
How long does teeth bonding last?
This depends on how much bonding was done and oral hygiene habits. Teeth bonding can last from three years up to about ten years, with staining eventually resulting.
What does tooth bonding do?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure in which a tooth-colored composite resin material is applied to your teeth to improve your smile. Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained or have spaces between them.
Can you whiten teeth with bonding?
Yes, bonding is often used to whiten teeth that are discolored or stained, particularly when only one or two teeth need treatment.
How long is the tooth bonding process?
Depending on the number of teeth and the amount of tooth structure being bonded, each tooth can take between 15 and 60 minutes.
Is dental bonding permanent?
No, dental bonding isn’t permanent, but it is a long-lasting solution to cosmetic dental issues.
Does tooth bonding help with sensitivity?
Yes. Tooth bonding is a good solution for sensitive teeth because it can cover the affected areas and protect them from temperature sensitivity.
What is better, bonding or veneers?
Dental treatments like dental bonding and veneers are not only used to fix cavities or broken teeth, but can also be used to improve the look of healthy teeth. Veneers are applied to the entire front surface of the tooth, whereas bonding is usually applied to a smaller portion of the tooth. Veneers tend to last longer and have better stability when it comes to color change. Bonding has to be redone after a few years, and this will result in more tooth structure needing to be removed with each replacement. With that being said, bonding is a good option if you plan on getting veneers in future but want a more beautiful smile now, or for a small area that needs improvement.
Is dental bonding the same as a filling?
Cosmetic bonding is a process where the dentist attaches or “bonds” materials directly to your tooth in order to change the color and shape. The main difference between dental fillings and bonding is that although dental fillings can be cosmetic as well, dental filling are meant to treat decayed or diseased teeth. The process of curing the material is similar in most cases.