Dental bonding is a versatile dental treatment that may be used to address a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry needs. Do you have gaps between your teeth? do you have oddly-shaped teeth? Dental bonding can fix these issues and more.
At The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry, we offer dental bonding for patients of all ages. Tooth bonding is ideal for patients who want to improve the appearance and function of their teeth. Teeth bonding is an effective and simple in-office cosmetic dental procedure that often requires only one visit to our Skokie, IL dentist office.
For some patients, bonding can be a simple alternative to porcelain veneers. Dental bonding and veneers are sometimes interchangeable because they can be used to address some of the same dental concerns; however, porcelain veneers are categorized as an irreversible procedure because of the amount of tooth enamel that is removed during the preparation process. To determine which solution best suits your needs, visit our dental office for a cosmetic consultation.
What Can Dental Bonding Fix?
Dental bonding involves shaping and molding a tooth-colored composite resin material onto the tooth. The composite resin is directly bonded to the teeth, so very little of the enamel needs to be removed during the process.
- Repair cracked, fractured, or chipped teeth
- Cover discolored or stained teeth
- Close gaps between the teeth
- Cover an exposed tooth root
- To reshape teeth
- Repair worn teeth
- Repair cosmetic blemishes on the teeth
- Correct minor misalignment
- Elongate short teeth
Dental Bonding FAQs
Is dental bonding permanent?
No. Dental bonding gives you durable results, but is not meant to be a permanent solution. It can last for about 3-4 years without professional maintenance. If touched up periodically, it can last longer.
How long does dental bonding last?
While bonding is not a permanent solution, it can be a long-lasting one. With proper care and maintenance, a bonded tooth can last for up to 10 years. You may need touch-ups now and again. Dental bonding is not a permanent solution to dental concerns.
Is dental bonding expensive?
Relative to similar and alternative procedures, it is not as expensive. This treatment is not as permanent, nor does it use more costly materials as porcelain veneers. Before scheduling an appointment, contact your dental insurance provider to see if they will cover the cost for you.
Does tooth bonding break easily?
The bonding material is not as strong as natural tooth enamel. It is still susceptible to chips and cracks, more so than your natural teeth. Although, this does not mean it’s very delicate.
What To Expect During The Dental Bonding Process
As noted, you can undergo dental bonding in one visit to our office. Once our team determines dental bonding is the right solution for you, we will begin your treatment. In most cases, the dental bonding procedure will only require 30-45 minutes of your time; this also depends on the number of affected teeth.
First, we will carefully prepare the affected tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel; this helps create a new surface for the composite resin. Next, we will gently shape and color the composite resin to ensure it resembles your natural teeth. We will then carefully apply the composite resin onto the tooth and shape and mold it until the desired aesthetic is reached. To bond the composite resin to the tooth, we will use a special curing light. Before you leave, we will make any final adjustments to your bonded tooth ad skillfully polish it until it reaches a smooth, natural finish.
Schedule An Appointment
If you would like to improve the appearance of your smile and determine if teeth bonding is right for you, visit the dental professionals at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. To schedule an appointment, call 847.750.3125 or request an appointment online.