Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry
Doctor Lindsey Marshall’s office works with a variety of different dental related issues. Recently she has been asked about tooth bonding and a lot of questions have been rolling in. Not only is Dr. Marshall an expert in teeth bonding, but porcelain veneers as well.
What is Tooth Bonding?
Do you have some minor defects in your smile but would rather not have porcelain veneers to correct them? Tooth bonding, also called dental bonding, is excellent for the correction of many dental defects. The term “bonding” refers both to the procedure and to the resin material made from ceramic and plastic mixed with other components. By applying this resin in layers over your natural tooth enamel, Dr. Marshall can use it to re-shape your teeth and create a more seamless smile line, improving the appearance of your teeth and strengthening them at the same time.
What Concerns Can Dental Bonding Correct?
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall uses tooth bonding as a quick, simple and very effective way to correct:
- Chips in the teeth
- Spots and discoloration that do not respond to tooth whitening
- Misshapen teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Unevenness of sizing
Benefits Of Dental Bonding
As one of the simplest and most cost-effective cosmetic dentistry treatments available, tooth bonding is a valuable solution for many of our patients. Tooth bonding has both cosmetic and functional benefits for your smile and is often used as part of a larger smile makeover.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
A teeth bonding procedure is not unlike sculpting or pottery work done by an artist. Dr. Marshall applies the material in small increments, building up the right contours and depth. The first step is to slightly etch the tooth to give it a good bonding surface with tiny grooves to allow the bonding to attach strongly and permanently.
When the right amount of bonding has been applied, a curing light is used to harden it. Dr. Marshall will test your bite to make sure you are comfortable, then polish the restored tooth. It will match your natural teeth because bonding comes in an array of shades — a good match can be made for everyone.
You can have bonding done on one tooth or many, depending on your particular needs and preferences. It can be combined with other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as replacing your old metal fillings with porcelain fillings or replacing one or more missing teeth with dental implants. Tooth bonding is often part of a smile makeover. The actual duration of your dental bonding procedure will depend on the extent of work necessary, but most tooth bonding treatments are completed in a single office visit.
Regardless of what dental issues you might have, Dr. Marshall can use her LVI training, up-to-date dentistry techniques, and our high-quality technology to transform your smile into one that you can be proud to show to the world.
How Long Will The Results Of Tooth Bonding Last?
Good dental hygiene is typically enough to maintain the aesthetically pleasing appearance and functionality of your bonded teeth. To preserve the look and structure of your dental bonding, you should avoid habits such as smoking, ice chewing, and pen biting. You may also want to consider limiting dark foods and drinks such as coffee and wine, which can stain your teeth and your dental bonding. Depending on the specifics of your tooth bonding treatment, including how many and which teeth were bonded as well as your dental hygiene habits, tooth bonding may last for up to 10 years.
If you notice changes in the appearance of your dental bonding, bonded teeth can often be effectively touched up.
Is Teeth Bonding Safe?
Dental bonding is a safe, effective, and convenient treatment. Enamel is only etched with a mild chemical solution; not enough to create a need for permanent coverage. The composite resin that is used for cosmetic and restorative dentistry is similar to enamel in its response to heat and cold, so the margins of bonding should remain strong against normal use.
Is Dental Bonding Painful?
The process of dental bonding adds to a tooth, it takes nothing away. There is no drilling away of enamel is there is with other procedures, such as getting a filling. Patients find the bonding process very tolerable, with no discomfort to speak of. During treatment, only a bit of pressure is felt as Dr. Marshall applies and molds the composite material into place.
Can Dental Bonding Be Reversed?
Yes. Dental bonding improves the appearance of a tooth by covering a small area of enamel with composite resin. If a patient desires to return to their natural tooth or have more extensive remodeling such as a dental veneer done, the composite resin can be removed. This may involve lightly “sanding” the material away so composite is removed by enamel is left intact. The reversal of this treatment is convenient and painless.
How Much Does Tooth Bonding Cost in Philadelphia?
The total cost of dental bonding can depend on several factors. As you research this treatment, you may come across a range of costs-per-tooth. It is important to remember that the experience level of the providing dentist will be reflected in their fees and that a lower cost is not always the best choice. In addition to the dentist’s training and experience, the cost of dental bonding is also dictated by the reason for treatment, the extent of treatment (covering a small chip or covering a gap), and potential insurance coverage. When dental bonding is performed for cosmetic reasons, insurance coverage is typically not available.
What Happens After The Tooth Bonding Procedure?
After applying and sculpting the composite resin over a gap, chip, or other flaws, Dr. Marshall cures the material with light. This hardens the composite and bonds it to the tooth. The hardened composite is immediately complete in its strength and durability. While it is important to keep in mind that composite resin is not quite as strong as enamel and that it could stain, bonding typically remains in good condition with regular oral care habits.
Dental Bonding Patient Testimonial
“Dr. Marshall is an extremely well trained, pleasant, knowledgable, patient and thorough dentist. She has a warm and approachable chair-side manner. I had bonding to repair a chipped front tooth, and Veronica (who applies the resin) explained to me step by step what she was doing throughout the process. Dr. Marshall took as much time as was needed to ensure a good aesthetic result. I highly recommend this office for cosmetic dentistry.” – Caroline
Contact Us For A Consultation
Want to know more about teeth bonding or interested in setting up a consultation? Contact us today to learn more about dental bonding. If you are still unsure if teeth bonding is right for you, Porcelain Veneers may be another option. To learn more about Porcelain Veneers, click here.