Tooth Bonding Questions

Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions

What is tooth bonding?

Also referred to as dental bonding, tooth bonding utilizes a tooth-colored dental resin to treat minor aesthetic imperfections and tooth-surface problems.


What conditions can tooth bonding correct?

Teeth bonding can be used to treat:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Discolored teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening
  • Minor chips, cracks and breaks
  • Misshaped teeth
  • Spaced teeth

Is tooth bonding right for me?

Despite its versatility, tooth bonding is not always the best solution for the conditions listed above. Depending on your individual circumstances, dental crowns, porcelain veneers, or inlays/onlays may provide better results. Your consultation with Dr. Lindsey Marshall will determine the best option for your condition.


What is the tooth bonding process like?

First, a mild abrasive will be used on the affected tooth or teeth to provide a suitable bonding surface. A dental resin matching the color of your natural teeth will be sculpted over or around your teeth then hardened with a curing light.

Once the bonding has set, Dr. Marshall will test its durability, ensure your bite comfort, then make final refinements to the bonding shape and color tone.


How long does tooth bonding take?

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.


How long will my tooth bonding last?

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.


Does dental bonding require special care?

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.


If you would like to learn more about tooth bonding, please contact the office of Philadelphia cosmetic dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall at
(610) 649-0696. We are pleased to serve patients in the Ardmore, Main Line and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, areas.

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