Tooth Bonding: An Overview
Tooth bonding is used to correct minor cosmetic dental concerns. A highly malleable and customizable material, dental bonding can be shaped, sized, and color-matched to blend seamlessly with the natural smile for beautiful results. For patients not ready to commit to the cost or permanence of dental veneers, tooth bonding is a semi-permanent alternative.
Dr. Ali Sarkarzadeh uses bonding to improve the aesthetics of a patient’s smile. Highly trained and experienced in cosmetic dental services, he offers natural results for a confident smile. Tooth bonding can be used to treat a range of cosmetic dental concerns.
- Chipped Teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Close gaps in teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Misshapen teeth
The tooth bonding procedure is virtually painless and can erase the visual disturbance of cosmetic blemishes restoring balance and beauty to your smile. With routine oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, bonding can last up to 10 years. Dental bonding will require touch-ups and will eventually need to be replaced.
If your tooth has more significant issues, Dr. Sarkarzadeh may recommend a permanent treatment option. We offer dental veneers and dental crowns to reinforce a tooth and restore function. Teeth veneers and dental crowns can be colored matched to blend in with your natural smile. These options will cost more and may involve more visits to our Rockville, MD dentist office to complete. Patients can also choose to replace their bonding with dental veneers later on.
Tooth Bonding: What to Expect
The tooth bonding procedure is minimally invasive and will be completed in just one visit to our Rockville, MD dentist office. Bonding requires no post-treatment downtime and patients will be instructed on how to care for their bonded teeth properly.
The first step in the bonding process is to prepare the tooth or teeth being treated. Your Congressional dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from each tooth. Then the highly malleable material will be placed directly on the tooth and molded into the desired shape and size by hand. Dr. Sarkarzadeh will sculpt the color-matched material to the form you want to blend with your adjacent teeth.
When the desired appearance is reached, the bonding will be cured using a special light for a permanent cosmetic restoration and beautiful results. Once the composite has cured, your dentist will trim, shape, and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
How to Care for Bonded Teeth
If cared for properly, your bonded teeth can last for up to 10 years. This includes daily brushing and flossing and professional teeth cleanings twice a year. Composite resin can absorb stain from foods and beverages just like natural teeth. For this reason, we recommend avoiding red wine, coffee, tea, and smoking. This special care will ensure the longevity of your treatment. While natural teeth that have darkened over time can be whitened, bonded teeth cannot. If you plan on whitening your teeth, you should do so before the bonding procedure.