- Stained teeth
- Broken teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Gap in teeth
- Other minor cosmetic dentistry issues
Bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure
The dentist applies a tooth-colored composite material to your damaged tooth and “sculpts’ it into shape. A special light is used to help the material harden and set, and finally, the composite is polished and buffed to create smooth, natural appearing finish.
The process works best for small cosmetic dentistry issues such as fixing a broken or chipped the tooth or closing small gaps between teeth. Dental bonding can also be used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities where they will show.
It’s called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth
Bonding is a relatively inexpensive, pain-free way to make minor dental repairs. It typically requires only one dental visit, and the entire process can be accomplished in about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth, depending on the particular procedure.
Anesthesia is usually not necessary
- Unless bonding is being used to fill a cavity, it can be done without numbing.
- The procedure also requires the least amount of enamel removal, and with proper
- Care can last three to seven years and longer.
Bonding can repair minor cosmetic dentistry issues, such as:
- Cracked or discolored teeth
- Gap between teeth
- Small cavities
- Silver filling replacement
Maintenance of bonding
Dental bonding is more susceptible to staining and chipping, so you need to take more care with your bonded teeth, including:
- Reducing consumption of coffee, tea, and red wine
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding nail biting and chewing on hard objects (ice, pencils, raw veggies)
Schedule a consultation
With dental bonding, you can feel more confident about your teeth, which can help you maintain good dental and overall health. Bonding can be repaired or touched up, so call us at (304) 754-8803 if you feel sharp edges or anything strange when you bite down on your bonded teeth.