Dental bonding corrects minor tooth damage such as a chipped or stained tooth. The procedure uses ultraviolet light to fuse a tooth-like resin to the affected tooth. Since the bonding material is not as long-lasting or stain resistant as other cosmetic alternatives, most dentists use bonding to address superficial dental concerns.
When to Consider Dental Bonding
First impressions matter, which is why maintaining that bright smile is essential to so many people. However, life has a tendency of getting in the way, and before you know it, you've got a chipped tooth and aren't as eager to show those pearly whites as you were before.
That's where dental bonding comes in handy - for those small details that make a tremendous impact on your appearance. Dental bonding stands out as one of the most cost-effective procedures in cosmetic makeover dentistry.
But besides the affordability, patients also like the fact that it only requires a single 1-hour visit. The procedure is quick and can last up to 7 years.
How Dental Bonding Works
The dentist matches the resin material with your tooth color. This creates the best natural result. Before bonding the material to the tooth, the dentist removes a layer of enamel, making it easier to bond the resin to your tooth. Once the tooth is roughened the clinician applies the adhesive liquid and fuses it to your tooth using ultraviolet light. The final step involves conditioning and polishing the newly bonded tooth.
What to Expect from Dental Bonding
A tooth bonding procedure should take no more than 60 minutes. The initial stage requires cleaning the affected tooth. Next, the dentist applies an astringent gel to your tooth to remove some of the smoothness. Without this roughening the tooth it would be difficult to adhere the resin material.
Afterwards, the dentist brushes a thin layer of liquid resin onto your tooth. Next, the adhesive is hardened with a curing light, and the process of applying more coats and hardening them continues until the desired thickness is achieved. The final stage requires re-shaping the tooth with a dental drill and polishing it.
Liberia Dental Care handles all types of cosmetic dentistry procedures--including dental bonding. Schedule a consultation today. We accept new patients and most insurances. Simply call 703-969-5774 or book an appointment online.