Dental Bonding

Have you ever heard about dental bonding? What is dental bonding? Is bonding the right thing to fix the crack in your front tooth?

Great questions.

Washington Smiles wants you to know that bonding is a great and safe solution to fix cosmetic problems with your smile. Please continue reading.

? What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is an effective way to hide or fix cracks, stains, gaps, and restore broken or chipped teeth. Washington Smiles uses a moldable plastic, which is called resin. The resin covers the existing tooth or replaces the missing part. It looks very natural after the resin hardens and bonds to the tooth.

? What can bonding do for you?

  • Hide cracks in the teeth
  • Close spaces or gaps between the teeth
  • Restore broken or chipped teeth
  • Lengthen small teeth
  • Restore decayed teeth
  • Restore worn teeth
  • Change the color of the natural teeth
  • Protect teeth from further damage
  • Whiten teeth that are too stained or too dark

? What happens during the dental bonding procedure?

Dental bonding is usually completed during one office appointment. We start with an examination and teeth cleaning, if needed. After the teeth are clean, we will prepare the tooth or teeth by applying a mild etching solution, which will slightly roughen the tooth’s surface so the resin can attach with a strong bond. We may also use a conditioning gel.

The resin material will be molded to the tooth’s surface since it is soft and flexible like putty or clay. The composite resin will be colored in order to match the natural tooth color. Once the resin is molded properly, a high intensity light will be used to quickly harden it, which creates a long-lasting, durable result. This process may be completed a couple of times to apply multiple thin layers of resin.

Lastly, all new surfaces are smoothed and polished for a beautiful, flawless result. The full procedure typically takes about one hour or a little longer.

? How long does bonding last?

Dental bonding is considered to be a permanent tooth restoration. However, it may not last forever. Actually, the average lifespan varies from five to twelve years.

Dental bonding from Washington Smiles

If you are interested in dental bonding, or if you’d like to know if bonding is right for you, call Washington Smiles today. Scheduling your consultation appointment is the first step to fixing your dental problems with dental bonding.