Tooth Bonding: An Overview
Tooth bonding corrects minor cosmetic dental concerns. A highly malleable and customizable material, we can shape, size, and color-match the material to blend seamlessly with the natural smile for beautiful results. Tooth bonding is a semi-permanent alternative for patients not ready to commit to the cost or permanence of dental veneers.
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 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.
Dr. Sarkarzadeh may recommend a permanent treatment option if your tooth has more significant issues. We offer dental veneers and dental crowns to reinforce a tooth and restore function. We can color-match teeth veneers and dental crowns 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 in Rockville, MD
The tooth bonding procedure is minimally invasive, and we complete it in just one visit to our Rockville, MD dentist office. Bonding requires no post-treatment downtime, and patients will be instructed 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 we place the highly malleable material directly on the tooth and mold it 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 we reach the desired appearance, we cure the bonding using a special light for a solid 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.
Tooth Bonding FAQs
How long does teeth bonding last?
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. Excellent routine dental care will ensure the longevity of your treatment. You may need touchups if your dentist finds damage to the bonding material.
Can you whiten tooth bonding?
No. While natural teeth that have darkened over time can be whitened, bonded teeth cannot. Composite resin can absorb stains from foods and beverages just like natural teeth. For this reason, we recommend avoiding red wine, coffee, tea, and smoking. If you plan on whitening your teeth, you should do so before the bonding procedure.
Do you put me to sleep for teeth bonding?
No. Unless you are filling a cavity, the vast majority of patients will not even need local anesthesia. Patients with more severe tooth damage, or who require more same-day procedures may need local anesthesia.