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Dental Bonding

If your smile has minor imperfections like chipped, discolored, or unevenly spaced teeth, then you know even the little things can have a big impact. Dental bonding–a dental procedure in which the dentist uses tooth-colored resin to correct cosmetic issues–can be used to repair damaged teeth and improve the natural beauty of your smile.

Dental bonding is just one of the many comprehensive dental care services offered at Monarch Dental that allow us to give you the gorgeous grin you’ve always wanted. From routine cleanings to other cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening, you’ll find your best and brightest smile at Monarch Dental.

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What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is the process of applying a tooth-colored resin to your teeth with the goal of correcting smile imperfections, smoothing out sharp edges or chips, or filling in a gap between teeth. While dental bonding is typically cosmetic in nature, it is a fast, easy, and affordable way to improve your smile and your confidence. 

Other uses for dental bonding include: 

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Discolored or stained teeth that do not respond to whitening treatment
  • Teeth that appear too small or too short.
  • Unevenly spaced teeth

Dental bonding cannot be used to correct teeth with structural problems, such as severe decay, significant damage, infection, or misalignment.

What are the benefits of dental bonding?

While it may not be the best solution in all cases, dental bonding is a good alternative to a variety of procedures like veneers, crowns, or even professional whitening if only minor corrections are required.

Dental bonding:

  • Can be done right in your dentist’s office, typically in one appointment.
  • Don’t have significant side effects, although you may notice minor sensitivity immediately after the procedure. This sensitivity generally subsides within a day or so.
  • Is usually appropriate for patients of all ages.
  • Is less expensive than other cosmetic procedures.
  • Can fix even stubborn stains and discoloration that whitening cannot.
  • Does not require any enamel removal or reshaping of the natural tooth.
  • Rarely requires more than a local numbing agent.

What happens during the dental bonding process?

Dental bonding can typically be performed in your dentist’s office and, depending on the number of teeth you need treated, often in one 30-60 minute appointment. 

Here’s what will happen during your dental bonding:

  1. The dentist will select a color of resin that looks natural and helps the bonded tooth blend in with your other teeth.
  2. The dentist will “etch” the enamel of the treated tooth, a process similar to sanding wood before painting that roughens the tooth’s enamel so the resin can adhere better to the surface.
  3. The putty-like resin is shaped and pressed onto the tooth, then reshaped as necessary.
  4. The resin is hardened with a special UV light, then filed to smooth out any sharp or rough edges.
  5. The resin is polished to help it blend in seamlessly with the adjacent natural teeth.

How do I care for my bonded teeth?

Bonded teeth should be cared for just like any other natural teeth, with a good oral health routine that includes daily brushing and flossing as well as bi-annual cleanings and checkups. Dental bonding is a durable treatment that can last up to 10 years or more with proper care, but it’s important to remember that the bonding resin is not as strong as natural tooth enamel.

To protect your bonded tooth, be sure to limit or even avoid:

  • Opening, breaking, or cracking things with your teeth.
  • Metal straws.
  • Chewing on plastic.
  • Crunching hard candy or ice cubes.
  • Teeth whitening treatments. Teeth whitening will not change the color of the bond’s resin and may make the resin stand out more against your natural teeth.
  • Dark and/or acidic beverages like coffee or red wine that can stain the resin material.

If you grind or clench your teeth at night–a condition called bruxism–you should talk to your dentist about using a night guard to help protect your restoration. You should also wear a mouthguard if you participate in contact sports or other activities that could cause damage to your teeth.

Affordable Dental Bonding at Monarch Dental

It’s important to be confident in your smile. Dental bonding from Monarch Dental can help fix the minor imperfections in your smile so you can look and feel your best. With flexible scheduling, multiple locations, and a wide range of payment options, Monarch Dental makes it convenient and affordable for you to get–and keep–a beautiful, healthy smile.

Find out if dental bonding is right for you. Schedule an appointment at a Monarch Dental office near you today!