Tooth Bonding in Ardmore
Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry.
Doctor Lindsey Marshall’s … Click to go to the page of Dr Lindsey Marshall … 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 … Click to go to the page of Porcelain Veneers … as well.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your common questions answered by the experts.
- 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.
- 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 like 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 the composite is removed while the 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.
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