Dental bonding restores teeth with small chips, cracks, stains, and other minor imperfections. If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your smile, ask our dentist if you’re a candidate for cosmetic bonding.
Unlike other procedures, cosmetic bonding is minimally invasive so you can preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible.
Continue reading to learn what you can expect during your next appointment. If your question isn’t listed here, schedule a consultation with our dentist for more information.
What is teeth bonding?
Our dentist understands that cosmetic dentistry is as much a science as it is an art. We often recommend dental bonding to repair front teeth with small chips, cracks, cavities, and other minor imperfections.
During the, our dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin to the surface of your tooth. This resin is a custom blend our dentist mixes to match the natural color of your tooth enamel.
How long does dental bonding take?
You may need as little as one, which means you can leave our office smiling with confidence. It usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes to bond one tooth, which means you may need to schedule several visits to bond several teeth.
Does dental bonding hurt?
The teeth bonding procedure is relatively painless. Most likely, you won’t even need pain relievers. However, you may experience some tooth sensitivity to heat and cold after the procedure. If you experience this side effect, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers.
What is the recovery time?
There is no recovery time involved with teeth bonding. You can go back to work immediately after the procedure and it shouldn’t affect your ability to drive.
How long after the procedure do I have to wait before eating and drinking?
You don’t have to wait after your appointment to eat or drink. However, you may experience some slight tooth sensitivity to heat and cold after teeth bonding.
Will dental bonding affect the fit of my retainer or other oral appliance?
It is possible that dental bonding may slightly alter the way your retainer or other oral appliance fits. However, the effect should be minimal.
How long does dental bonding last?
typically lasts between 3 and 10 years. The better you take care of your mouth, the longer you can expect the bonded materials to last. For this reason, you’ll need to maintain a good oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily.
Is teeth bonding right for me?
Teeth bonding usually has the best results in areas that experience less pressure from chewing. This usually means that front teeth are elected to be fixed for practical and aesthetic reasons.
If you wish to repair a chipped tooth that’s not in the front, it’s still worth bringing it up to your dentist. We can create a customized dental plan to eliminate any physical discomfort or self-esteem issues.
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This blog post has been updated.