Tooth Bonding An Overview
Dental bonding offers a reversible, and often more affordable, alternative to dental veneers. Dental bonding is an ideal cosmetic dental treatment for patients seeking a way to repair cosmetic blemishes.
This cosmetic dental treatment offers natural-looking, long lasting results. Patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile, but are not yet ready to commit to the permanence or financial cost of porcelain veneers, may consider dental bonding.
Dental bonding is made from a malleable resin that is shaped by hand, and color matched to your tooth for a beautiful aesthetic result. Dr. Dham has years of experience using bonding to help patients restore the appearance of their smile in Plantation FL. We only use modern materials and techniques to improve your smile.
Tooth bonding can be used to correct cosmetic dental concerns, including:
- Chipped teeth: Replace the portion of your tooth that has chipped off.
- Discolored teeth: Deep white spots on teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening can be covered with bonding material.
- Cracked teeth: Bond the cracks in your teeth with strong resin material without having to replace your tooth.
- Misshapen teeth: We can hide the shape of a single crooked tooth to save you money on orthodontics. We can also elongate the shape of short and small teeth.
- Gaps between teeth: Close the gap between your front teeth in a single visit!
Dental bonding is an effective, minimally invasive way to improve the appearance of your smile. It is a reversible cosmetic treatment option, so you can choose a more permanent restoration later on. Dental bonding is highly durable and can last up to ten years with proper oral hygiene.
Tooth Bonding What to Expect
The dental bonding procedure is typically completed in just one visit to our Plantation, FL dentist office. Dental bonding is minimally invasive and requires little to no downtime. Patients are able to return to their daily routine after treatment.
The process will begin after we gather information from an initial dental exam. If you are a good candidate for tooth bonding, we will start by numbing the area around the affected tooth with local anesthesia. This will prevent you from feeling discomfort and soreness throughout the procedure. After your mouth is sufficiently numb, Dr. Dham will remove an ultra-thin layer of enamel from the affected tooth to prepare it for the bonding material. This creates a rough surface for the material to adhere.
Dr. Dham will then place the bonding directly onto the prepared tooth and sculpt it to shape a natural look. She will have you take a look at the new restoration before curing it for a long-term result. Once you approve the result, the bonding will be hardened using a special UV light.
Dental Bonding FAQs
How long does tooth bonding take to harden?
During dental bonding, your dentist will paint a tooth-colored resin on your teeth and wait for it to set. It takes between 30 and 60 minutes for this to completely solidify.
How many times can a tooth be bonded?
A veneer or crown may be the next step after bonding has failed three times. Based on how much tooth structure is still present, this would be decided. Our office can offer you a clear answer with the help of photos and dental technology.
Can tooth bonding fall off?
Even though it’s rare, dental bonding does occasionally come loose. Dental bonding attaches to the tooth’s surface, therefore occasionally the adhesive material wasn’t applied completely and the bond may fall off.
Schedule A Consultation
Your dentist in Plantation FL looks forward to helping you improve the appearance of dental imperfections with tooth bonding. Dr. Dham can fix the gaps between your teeth in as little as a single visit. Give us a call at (954) 519-6984 to request an appointment today.