Dental Bonding An Overview
If you are looking to improve your smile, we offer a variety of services in our Annapolis dentist office, including tooth bonding. Beautiful, natural looking teeth are easily attainable with cosmetic tooth bonding. In a single visit, our cosmetic dentists can improve the shape, color and symmetry of your teeth. And tooth bonding is very affordable compared to alternative treatments like porcelain veneers.
What is Tooth Bonding
For this procedure, a bio-compatible, tooth colored resin is bonded to the tooth for a virtually indistinguishable restoration. Tooth bonding can be used as a dental veneer or a tooth filling to improve cosmetic and functional dental concerns.
Dental bonding can be utilized in many ways. The procedure can improve the appearance of a defect found on the surface of a tooth, or replace tooth structure that has chipped or broken off. Dentists can also repair damage caused by tooth decay by bonding with resin. This technique can also be used to resurface the entire front side of a tooth to improve its cosmetic appearance. If damage to the teeth is more significant or a permanent result is desired, we may recommend porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
Dental Bonding What to Expect
Dental Bonding Process
Dental bonding is a minimally invasive procedure and can usually be completed in a single visit to our Annapolis dentist office. One of our cosmetic dentists will begin by preparing the teeth that will be bonded. This involves removing a minimal amount of surface structure to allow for the composite material to be sculpted into place. Your cosmetic dentist will directly apply a tooth-colored resin and sculpt it into the desired shape for a natural result. After it is sculpted onto the tooth, it is then cured with a special UV light.
With proper dental care, your results can last for many years. However, it is important to understand that dental bonding is not a permanent solution. It will last for 5 to 10 years with proper care and maintenance. Resin is not as stain resistant as porcelain, so it is important to avoid tobacco, dark foods and beverages to maintain the whiteness of the restoration. Tooth bonding can be reapplied or touched up as needed during regular visits to our dental office.
Dental bonding requires the precision and artistic ability of a skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Albert Lee since the work is done freehand without the use of molds or impressions. Dr. Lee is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).
Is Tooth Bonding the Best for You?
Our dentists will consult with you to ensure that you choose the cosmetic dental treatment that works best for you. When compared with other cosmetic dentistry procedures, dental bonding can be relatively inexpensive, and is usually a “completed in one visit” type of dental procedure.
One disadvantage of dental bonding is that it has a tendency to stain over time and in general isn’t as lasting or durable as other cosmetic dentistry options.
However, and one more point in the plus column, if dental bonding does chip or break it can usually be easily patched or repaired.
Schedule a Consultation
Searching for a cosmetic dentistry office in the Severna Park, MD and Annapolis, MD area? Schedule a consultation with Lee, Bonfiglio, Vesely & Associates to discuss your dental health, cosmetic goals and budget concerns before recommending the treatment options that will suit you best.