Are you unhappy with imperfections in your teeth, or the way your teeth are positioned in your mouth?
If you live in the Richmond area, Midlothian Dental Center can help you attain a beautiful smile. Dental bonding may be a great option for you based on your needs and goals.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic solution available to improve the appearance of your teeth. Unlike veneers, bonding doesn’t require anything be sent a way to a laboratory in order to create a customized mold. With bonding, chipped, misshapen, discolored, or damaged teeth can be fixed seamlessly in one visit.
Bonding is one of the easiest cosmetic dental procedures, making it one of the most affordable. Our dentists use composite resin to carefully shape and polish bonding as closely as possible to match your teeth.
A beautiful and confident smile can brighten your everyday life.
Confident smiles are contagious! What are you waiting for?
Dental Bonding FAQS:
What is Dental Bonding?
Bonding can help correct or fix the following cosmetic flaws:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Poorly shaped or sized teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Decayed or damaged teeth
- Little to no removal of enamel, retaining the health and natural structure of your tooth.
- Less extensive procedure than restorations like porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
- Can usually be completed in one appointment.
- Your dentist will use a shade guide to select the composite resin color that best matches your tooth color.
- Once the color is chosen, your dentist will slightly etch the surface of the tooth to roughen it. The tooth will be coated lightly with a conditioning liquid, which helps the bonding material adhere.
- When the tooth is prepared, your dentist will apply the tooth-colored, putty-like resin. The resin is molded and smoothed until it’s the proper shape. The material is then hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser.
- After the bonding material hardens, your dentist will further trim and shape it. We will then polish the material until it matches the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
- It usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete the procedure.
If you’ve decided to get bonding for one or more teeth, you do not need to do anything to prepare for your visit. The procedure is so simple, most patients do not need anesthesia. If for some reason you are in pain or have anxiety about the procedure, we do offer sedation options, which are administered by our highly skilled nurse anesthetist.
For the most part, you can resume your normal lifestyle following your bonding placement. Please note that tea, coffee, cigarette smoke and other substances can stain the resin. To prevent or minimize stains, it’s essential to avoid eating or drinking foods that can stain for the first 48 hours after any composite procedure. And as always, it’s important to maintain good dental hygiene. We recommend you brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your dentist for a routine cleaning twice a year.
The composite resin used in bonding isn’t as strong as a natural tooth. Biting your fingernails or chewing on ice or pens can chip the material. Bonding usually lasts several years before it needs to be repaired. How long it actually lasts depends on how much bonding was done and your oral habits. If you’re looking for a more durable, long lasting solution, porcelain veneers may be the best option for you.