Dental Bonding is the application of tooth-colored durable material. The material is then hardened using light to bond to the tooth, restoring the appearance of your smile.

Dental Bonding Procedure

Dental bonding does not require much planning—no anesthesia is needed unless the bonding is done on a decaying tooth.

  • During the bonding process, your dentist will use a shade guide to select a durable plastic material that matches well the color of your tooth.
  • The tooth’s surface is then made rough before a conditioning liquid is applied. It is necessary to make the surface rough so that the bonding substance sticks to the tooth.
  • Use a tooth-colored, putty-like resin material that is applied, moulded, and smoothed to the desired shape on the tooth.
  • Your dentist will then harden the resin with a special light, which “bonds” the material to the tooth’s surface.
  • Lastly, your dentist will trim, shape, and polish the bonded material to match the gloss of the rest of the teeth.

This procedure takes about 20-to-60 minutes per tooth, so one needs to be patient and be guaranteed the best outcome from expert dentists.

Why Opt for Dental Bonding?

  • This is the most accessible type of tooth covering
  • Compared to porcelain and Veneers, dental bonding is cheaper
  • It is the type of tooth covering that involves the removal of the least tooth enamel.
  • It does not involve any anesthesia
  • Its procedures can be done in one visit, unlike other tooth coverings that are detailed

Disadvantages of Dental Bonding

  • Although it’s the most straightforward and cheapest method of tooth covering, it does not resist stains the way crowns do. Some slight mishandling can lead to permanent stains.
  • They can easily break or chip off the tooth
  • They are not durable compared to dental Veneers

What Special Care Is Needed After Dental Bonding?

There is no special care needed for your teeth after dental bonding. All you need to do is follow good oral hygiene practices. Some simple oral hygiene practices include regular brushing of your teeth, flossing at least once or twice a day, visiting your dentist monthly for check-ups and special cleanings.

To avoid chipping your bonding material, try to avoid habits like biting your fingernails, chewing on pens, lids, ice, or any complex food objects. Do not use your bonded teeth as an opener. Don’t hesitate to call your dentist if you do realize any sharp edges on your bonded tooth or if your tooth feels odd when you bite down.

How Long Does Dental Bonding Material Last?

The durability of your bonding material will depend on the amount of bonding that takes place on the specific tooth and your general oral habits. However, if a well-done bonding procedure occurs, it will last you from 3 years to almost ten years before being touched up or replaced.

Schedule an Appointment to Learn About Tooth Bonding

Excellent dental bonding starts with a good dentist. At Cochran Family Dental, you will be able to get the bonding treatment necessary to improve your smile and boost your confidence. We serve the cities of Leesburg, Ashburn, and Purcellville with modern and comprehensive dental care services. To learn more about the services we offer, call us today to schedule an appointment at 703-771-9034, or email us using the contact form on this page.

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