Dental Bonding FAQs

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Dental bonding is the use of resin to fix cracks, chips, and discoloration and restore your teeth’ appearance and smile.

If you have minor chipped, cracked, and discolored teeth, a procedure like dental bonding in, OH, will improve your smile and confidence.

Dental bonding is the use of composite material applied to one or multiple teeth to repair the damage. It is one of the most cost-effective dental procedures done to correct minor dental imperfections.

When Is Dental Bonding Used?

A dentist near you can recommend dental bonding to correct some of the teeth imperfections like:

  • Mild cavities. The dentist can use resin composite to fill the cavities and prevent further damage.
  • Chipped and cracked teeth. The dentist will close the minor cracks and chips with the resin material.
  • Discolored teeth. When the teeth whitening doesn’t improve the stains, the dentist may opt for bonding materials.
  • Close the minor gaps between the teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • The bonding material can be used as an alternative to amalgam fillings

Is Bonding Process Permanent?

No, it is not. Unlike some of the restorations like crowns or veneers, teeth bonding can be reversed. The procedure does not include trimming of the enamel. The dentist will apply the composite material and harden it. And, if you want to change the treatment, you can remove the material and restore your teeth.

How Are the Teeth Bonded?

The bonding process is straightforward and is done in about 30 minutes. Our tooth bonding dentist will start the process by examining the teeth and gums. A dental cleaning can be done to remove any debris and buildup.

Local anesthesia is not usually used unless the decay is present or the damage on the teeth is close to the nerve. If you have decay, the dentist will remove it before bonding the teeth.

A little preparation of the teeth is required to make it easy for the material to bond. The dentist will apply a conditioning liquid to roughen the enamel.

The composite material is applied and shaped to the desired shape. The material is then hardened using blue light or laser. The dentist will trim and reshape the resin and polish it to look like the rest of the teeth.

Can Bonded Teeth Be Whitened?

No, bonded teeth cannot be whitened. Once the bonding process is complete, you cannot change the shade. Teeth whitening is mostly done before the teeth are bonded to achieve the correct shape. If the bonded teeth discolor (which is common), the dentist will have to remove and reapply the material.

How Does Dental Bonding Compare to Veneers?

Dental veneers and bonding fix similar problems. However, the dentist will choose either of them based on the severity of the dental problem. The dental bonding is designed for mild teeth imperfections while the veneers are reserved for severe problems.

Also, they differ when it comes to the procedure. The bonding process is done in one dental visit and it takes about 30 minutes. Porcelain veneers need at least two dental visits. And, your enamel needs reshaping for the veneers to be fixed. Bonding can be reversed, but the veneers are permanent and irreversible. Plus, you need to be eligible for the dentist to recommend porcelain veneers.

How Can You Take Care of the Bonded Teeth?

The composite material used in bonding is not as strong as porcelain veneers, and it chips and cracks easily. That is why dentists use bonding as a temporary measure. The bonded teeth can last between five to seven years with proper care. It is important to care for the bonded teeth and here are some tips:

  • Avoid biting hard objects like ice or fingernails
  • Do not use your teeth as tools to open bottles
  • Never use sharp objects in the teeth as it may chip them
  • Visit the dentist regularly to check for any chips and signs of wearing out. The dentist will also clean the teeth to remove any plaques and prevent decay. Remember, cracks on the bonded teeth can trap food particles and increase the risk of decay.

Schedule an Appointment

Visit Town & Country Dentistry for more information about the dental bonding process and what you can expect. If you are planning for dental bonding, call us now to schedule an appointment with our dentist. We also welcome patients from Granville South, Springhill Rd, Colomen Gwen Circle, Beechwood Drive, Chapin Place, Welsh Hills Road Northwest, and nearby communities.

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