What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure for addressing minor imperfections on the teeth, like small cracks, chips, and fractures. Dentists might also use dental bonding to cover stains and discoloration in teeth. Dentists apply the tooth-colored bonding material (composite resin) on the affected area of the teeth and mold it to blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. The result is a beautiful smile and functional teeth.
Did you know…
Dental bonding can last up to ten years?
The Dental Bonding Treatment Process
Consultation and Preparation
During your first consultation, the dentist will discuss your expectations and determine whether dental bonding suits you. They’ll then compare your tooth's color to a shade guide to find a shade that closely resembles your teeth. They’ll then use a mild etching aid solution to roughen the surface of your teeth.
Bonding Material Application and Curing
Your dentist in Alexandria will apply the bonding material on the tooth layer after layer. They’ll then shape the bonding material until it matches the desired shape of the tooth and blends with the rest of the teeth.
The cosmetic dentist will then use a special light to cure the bonding material. After curing, the dentist will use a drill and a polisher with a rubber cup to polish the teeth. Doing so helps the bonded teeth achieve a natural sheen.
Final Evaluation and Follow-Up Visits
The dentist will examine your teeth and ensure your bite aligns and you’re comfortable with your bonded tooth. They’ll then send you home with post-treatment instructions and schedule follow-up appointments if needed.
Impressions are taken of your teeth to create a tooth restoration in the form of a dental crown, bridge, or denture. This will take a few weeks to be fabricated and will then be attached to the implant or implants.
Did you know…
that dental bonding is a relatively quick procedure that can often be completed in a single visit to the dentist?
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What Are the Benefits of Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding gives you a beautiful, natural smile to boost your confidence. Unlike other cosmetic procedures, dental bonding is non-invasive and doesn’t require anesthetic. This non-invasiveness makes them a great option for patients with chronic dental anxiety.
Dental bonding also improves your oral health by protecting the sensitive core of your teeth from bacterial infection. Dentists also use dental bonding to improve your tooth’s shape, which improves its functionality, making it easier to chew and bite food.
How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
Dental bonding lasts three to ten years, depending on how well you care for your teeth and how many teeth you bonded. For those with bruxism (teeth grinding), they can break if they bite on hard foods and objects so we may recommend a night guard. Visit your dentist when your bonding falls off to have it redone.
What Issues Can Dental Bonding Resolve?
Dentists recommend dental bonding for various dental complications, but the treatment is mostly used to address small cracks and chips in teeth. The bonding material fills the gaps left by cracks and tooth fractures. Dental bonding is also great for hiding stains and discoloration on teeth.
Is Dental Bonding Covered by Insurance?
Insurance policies vary from one insurer to the next, but most insurance companies only cover dental bonding for restoration purposes. This means insurance won’t likely cover your dental bonding for cosmetic reasons like hiding stains and discoloration.