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The Beginner’s Guide to Teeth Bonding

The Beginner’s Guide to Teeth Bonding

Teeth Bonding

Many people are familiar with veneers and dental crowns to help improve the look of your smile—but did you know there is another option? Dental teeth bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure with a long history of success in helping repair chipped and cracked teeth, gaps in the teeth, and other issues.

At Chester County Family Dentistry, Dr. David Montgommery and Dr. Ryan Dunn are happy to offer dental teeth bonding for qualifying patients. Find out how this cosmetic dental procedure can enhance your smile, for years to come!

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What is Teeth Bonding?

Bonding is a cosmetic procedureAn attractive woman of color hugs a man of color, both with beautiful smiles from teeth bonding. that utilizes bonding material to change the shape, color, and other imperfections of a tooth (or teeth). Many times, teeth bonding can serve as a more affordable option over other cosmetic dental procedures. Another benefit is that unlike veneers and other cosmetic dental solutions, teeth bonding doesn’t require removing as much of the tooth enamel (which is better for the tooth).

Patients who would like a convenient option to correct their smile may also want to opt for teeth bonding. This is because bonding can be done in a single office visit—opposed to veneers and crowns which often need to be sent to the lab, requiring multiple appointments.

And, the treatment is versatile in that it can address a variety of issues. Your dentist may recommend teeth bonding to correct the following:

  • Chipped tooth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Decayed tooth
  • Discolored tooth (or teeth)
  • Disproportionate tooth or teeth (such as teeth that are smaller and not very long)
  • Silver/amalgam fillings (replacing with a color that matches your natural teeth)

In some cases, teeth bonding can be used to protect a tooth’s root when it has been exposed due to gum recession. The best way to know if you are a candidate for dental bonding is to schedule a consultation.

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How Does Dental Bonding Work?

During your teeth bonding procedure, your dentist will attach a bonding agent, such as porcelain and resins to repair your tooth (or teeth). Prior to placing the bonding material, Dr. Montgomery or Dr. Dunn will help you identify the composite resin color that most closely resembles the shade of your natural teeth.

Once the composite resin has been applied and molded to the surface of the tooth, it’s hardened with a special light.

After the composite has bonded, your teeth will be shaped and polished to help create a uniform, beautiful smile.

The whole process usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes. In most cases, bonding does not necessitate the use of anesthesia. And, you can resume normal activity, with the exception of hard foods, and drinks that may stain your teeth (such as red wine, coffee, tea, berries, etc.).

An added benefit of the teeth bonding process is that the results are immediately visible. As soon as Dr. Dunn or Dr. Montgomery completes the procedure you will be able to enjoy a lighter, brighter, even smile.

How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

Many studies have demonstrated that cosmetic teeth bonding produces long-lasting results. Provided that you continue to practice good oral hygiene and maintain routine dental cleanings and exams, your teeth bonding results can last upwards of three years, sometimes extending as long as a decade.

Avoiding crunching down on ice, hard candies, and similar items will help protect the bonded teeth from becoming damaged.

As a cost-effective, durable, and attractive cosmetic dentistry solution, dental bonding can be a perfect fit for many dental patients.

Whether you have been considering teeth bonding for gaps, chipping, or breaking, we invite you to schedule a consultation to discover more about how you can achieve your dream smile. Or, call one of our CCFD team members at 610-431-0600 with any questions you may have.
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