Tooth Bonding: An Overview
As your trusted dentist in Laurel, MD, we are happy to provide tooth bonding services. Our tooth bonding procedure utilizes a tooth-colored resin to repair a variety of cosmetic blemishes on your teeth. By using tooth bonding treatments, your dentist can restore chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps and reshape or recolor your smile. This is a minimally invasive procedure that is multifunctional in its cosmetic dentistry benefits. Our patients love tooth bonding because it is an effective way to transform their smiles in a fast and budget-friendly way.
Tooth Bonding in Laurel, MD
We are happy to discuss our tooth bonding procedures with you more in-depth at your next appointment. Because of the wide variety of uses for tooth bonding, you should discuss this procedure with your dentist before determining if it is right for you. Here are some common tooth bonding questions we get in our office:
How does tooth bonding work?
Tooth bonding works similarly to a dental filling, though on a smaller scale. Tooth bonding is most appropriate for filling in small blemishes on the fronts of teeth. This can be especially beneficial for patients who have stained teeth that are resistant to teeth whitening solutions. Additionally, tooth bonding can be used to fill in minor chips as long as the damage is not too extensive.
How long does tooth bonding last?
The lifespan of the composite, tooth-colored resin depends largely on your oral hygiene habits. Typically, tooth bonding material lasts anywhere from three years up to about ten years before needing to be touched up or replaced.
How does the bonding stick to my tooth?
Your tooth will be slightly etched to create very small crevices in the tooth’s enamel structure. These small crevices provide a rough surface that allows the resin to bond to your teeth more easily. The resin is then placed on your tooth and hardened using ultraviolet light. After several coasts have been applied to your tooth, the resin is then sculpted to fit your tooth and finely polished to blend in seamlessly with your natural smile.