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What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding uses a plastic-like material called resin to address a number of dental conditions. From larger cavities needing fillings, to fixing the appearance of crooked teeth, and even correcting gaps, bonding can replace more expensive treatments like veneers and improve the look of other treatments.
What is bonding used to treat?
Bonding is used for a variety of dental problems:
- It helps restore decayed teeth.
- It fills in cracks and repair chips in teeth.
- It permanently fills in gaps between teeth.
- It brightens heavily discolored teeth.
- It replaces certain types of fillings.
- It helps to protect the teeth when gums recede.
- It can improve the symmetry of the teeth.
- It can be used to hold veneers and crowns.
Benefits of Bonding
- Price — Bonding can be used in place of other, more expensive options such as veneers, crowns, or certain fillings. With a talented, precise dentist, you can achieve results similar to those you would get with veneers and crowns.
- Simple — Bonding is done in-office, usually in one visit. It’s simple, quick, and requires no downtime.
- No anesthesia — Bonding only requires having the bonding material applied to your tooth. If you are not having any other treatments done, you can have it applied without needing any sort of freezing gel or anesthesia.
Q: How do I care for my bonding treatments?
Bonded teeth should be cared for exactly as you would your other teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and cleanings and check-ups. The one difference, however, is that you need to avoid eating sticky or very hard foods, as they can break or crack the bonds.
Q: How long will my bonding treatments last?
A: Bonds typically last anywhere from three to 15 years. Longevity depends largely on your oral habits. Not brushing and flossing daily can cause decay that weakens the teeth and weakened teeth will not hold the bond as well.
Q: Should I have bonding done, or other treatments like regular fillings or crowns?
A: The answer depends on your current tooth health, age, and oral hygiene habits. The best way to find out would be to book an appointment with Dr. Barney. Together you can decide whether bonding is right for you, and how to proceed with treatments.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in learning more about dental bonding, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (304) 754-8803 to schedule a consultation at our office in Hedgesville, WV.