Cosmetic Tooth Bonding

One of the most effective and affordable types of cosmetic dentistry is cosmetic tooth bonding. Also known as dental bonding, this non-invasive procedure takes less than 30 minutes per tooth to complete. You can alter the appearance of unsightly enamel in no time and transform your smile while staying within your budget and avoiding major changes to your natural teeth. At Bethesda Family Dental in Bethesda, MD, we offer composite tooth bonding to all qualified patients.
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Problems Fixed by Composite Tooth Bonding

In cosmetic tooth bonding, an enamel-like composite material is applied to the surface of a tooth. The versatility of dental bonding cannot be overstated. This color-matched treatment is designed to address both cosmetic and functional needs:

  • Change tooth enamel color
  • Fill in tooth gaps
  • Correct chipped teeth
  • Treat fillings
  • Even out oddly shaped teeth
  • Hide stains and imperfections

It only takes one brief office visit to complete a dental bonding treatment and the results last for up to a decade. Your smile will be transformed immediately and look like it’s never been more perfect.

The Dental Bonding Procedure

For patients who are anxious about going to the dentist, knowing that there are treatments available to transform their smile without any major invasiveness is a huge relief. The dental bonding procedure is non-invasive and does not require any numbing agents or anesthesia to get a patient through the process. The tooth structure is kept intact and drilling is unnecessary, so you can almost always expect a comfortable procedure. Here is how things usually go:

  • Preparation: Tooth is roughened and coated with conditioning liquid.
  • Application: Tooth-colored resin is painted over the tooth in question in multiple layers until the desired shape and size is achieved.
  • Shaping: Bonding material is sculpted to look natural and blend in with nearby teeth.
  • Hardening: A special light hardens the composite bonding so it is strong.
  • Polishing: Tooth is polished to look and feel like other teeth.
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Take Care of Cosmetic Tooth Bonding

The great thing about modern cosmetic dentistry is that it doesn’t require any special upkeep or care. Teeth that have undergone cosmetic tooth bonding require only basic dental care and smart choices, and making these efforts will benefit all the rest of your teeth too. Protect your beautiful smile with the following behaviors:

  • Do brush twice a day.
  • Do floss at least once a day.
  • Do visit your dentist every six months for check-ups and teeth cleanings.
  • Do not use teeth as tools to open packages or bottles.
  • Do not bite your nails or chew on pens or ice.
  • Avoid drinking too much coffee, red wine, or dark colas to avoid stains.

Who Is a Good Cosmetic Tooth Bonding Candidate?

If you want a fast way to alter your teeth, improve your appearance, and correct minor smile imperfections, you might be an ideal candidate for cosmetic tooth bonding. Remember the treatment is not expensive and is, in fact, one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry options available. You can make major changes to your smile with cosmetic tooth bonding and avoid the time and price tag of alternatives like porcelain veneers and dental crowns. In some cases, insurance coverage may apply if the bonding is used to correct dental damage.

Only your dentist can tell you for certain if composite tooth bonding is appropriate for you, so schedule a consultation at Bethesda Family Dental to find out if this affordable cosmetic dentistry treatment is in your future. Even for patients who don’t love being in the dentist’s chair, bonding makes corrections so much easier.