Do you have a chipped tooth? Are deep tooth stains discoloring your smile? Try teeth bonding treatment at Perfect Smiles in Bensalem, PA. This cosmetic dentistry treatment can address fractured, chipped, and cracked teeth. Bonding can also cover slightly crooked teeth, areas of discoloration, and small gaps between the teeth. When compared to dental veneers, tooth bonding offers a more economical treatment. Patients can treat areas of cosmetic damage with quick and comfortable dental bonding.
Benefits of Tooth Bonding
With tooth bonding, patients can:
- Repair tooth chips and cracks
- Close small gaps between teeth
- Correct tooth misalignment
- Cover enamel stains
- Reshape misshapen teeth
Contact our dental office for a consultation if you want to address your cosmetic imperfections. We will discuss your specific needs and create a custom treatment plan for you.
Dental Bonding Treatment
To begin, we clean the teeth and remove a small part of the enamel. This creates a good surface for the bonding material and does not damage the tooth. Then, we sculpt the biocompatible bonding material to the tooth’s surface. We mold the material onto the tooth, ensuring it is in the right shape and shade. Finally, we use a special light to cure the bonding material to the tooth.
Directly after you receive your bonding treatment, refrain from eating or drinking foods and beverages that easily stain, including coffee, tea, and berries. We also recommend that patients avoid sticky or hard-to-chew foods that can easily damage the bonding material. When bonded teeth are cared for, they stay bright and blend in with the natural smile. Bonded teeth can be gently brushed, just like natural teeth.
Why Choose Dental Bonding?
Bonding is one of the most easily accessible treatment options available. It’s also one of the few that’s completely removable and reversible. Almost everyone is eligible for dental bonding treatment. Even children can get dental bonding on their primary teeth because it’s something that’s not permanent. We often recommend this treatment for children who have chipped or broken their teeth on the playground.
Bonding is extremely affordable, too. Because it’s a temporary solution, it doesn’t come with the cost of something like porcelain veneers. If you’re not sure how you feel about veneers or another restoration, dental bonding can be a good test run. You can try out a full restoration but not have to commit to it permanently. Because it’s similar to porcelain veneers, it can treat many of the same issues.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that cover the front and sides of a tooth. The bonding material is moldable and malleable. It can be adapted to fix many problems in different areas. One benefit over porcelain veneers is that you aren’t required to cover the entire tooth. If you have a small chip or break, that area is the only area that needs to be covered with bonding material.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does teeth bonding last?
Dental bonding typically lasts between 4 to 8 years, depending on the location of the bonded tooth, your oral habits, and the quality of the care you give your teeth. Factors like chewing on hard foods, biting your nails, or grinding your teeth can potentially shorten the lifespan of the bonding. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices can help ensure the longevity of dental bonding.
Do bonded teeth look natural?
Yes, bonded teeth do look natural. The dental bonding process uses a tooth-colored composite resin that can match the exact shade of natural teeth. The dentist will apply, shape, and polish the resin to match the surrounding teeth. This makes it difficult to distinguish a bonded tooth from a natural one. Dental bonding is one of the most popular cosmetic dental choices for patients because it produces a natural-looking result that blends in with your teeth.
What foods to avoid after tooth bonding?
After tooth bonding, it is important to avoid foods that are too hard, chewy, or sticky. Hard foods such as candy and nuts could chip the bond. Chewy items like gum or caramel can pull at the bond and make its hold weak. Additionally, sticky foods like dry fruit can stick in between the gaps weakening the seal of the bonding materials. It’s important to maintain the correct brushing technique for proper oral hygiene after tooth bonding.
Does insurance cover tooth bonding?
Whether dental insurance covers tooth bonding can vary depending on your specific insurance plan and the reason for the procedure. Insurance may cover some of the cost if you need tooth bonding for structural reasons or to fill a cavity. However, insurance will not cover the procedure if you plan to have it for cosmetic reasons. It’s always best to check with your insurance provider for coverage details.
Can my dentist remove tooth bonding?
Yes, a dentist can remove tooth bonding. The process involves using a drill or laser to remove the bonding material without damaging the underlying tooth structure. This usually occurs when your dentist needs to replace your bonding or you choose to upgrade to a more permanent restoration like a veneer or crown.
How long does the tooth bonding process take?
Tooth bonding usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. The exact time depends on the case and the patient’s needs. Tooth bonding is a relatively quick procedure a dentist can often complete in a single office visit.
Request a Dental Appointment
Let us know if you require a touch-up on dental bonding treatment. We can help brighten tooth-bonding material that has become discolored or damaged over time. Call Perfect Smiles for an appointment today at 215-770-1081. On our website, you may also schedule a dental consultation with our professional team. Lastly, please ask our team any questions you may have about the bonding treatment process. They will be happy to help provide you with clarification.