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Dental Bonding
 

In cosmetic dental bonding, an enamel-like material is applied, hardened and sculpted to close spaces between teeth, cover flaws, or improve the color or shape of teeth. Composite tooth bonding is a cosmetic dentistry technique that can work wonders for your smile. Using materials that match the shade, translucency and texture of your teeth, gaps between the teeth can be closed; spots, chips, and discolorations can be eliminated; and, your self-confidence can be enhanced through the improved appearance of your smile.

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Tooth bonding is well suited for:


• Closing small gaps in between teeth
• Recontouring the shape of a tooth, or multiple teeth to change the appearance of a smile
• Repairing chips or restoring other loss of enamel
• Covering exposed areas of the tooth that may be sensitive to temperature

BEFORE: Undersized teeth with gaps

 

AFTER: One Hour Later. Missing tooth structure restored


Call (760) 632-0320 for a consultation today to get a tooth bonding cost estimate.
 
 
How is a tooth bonded?
 
 
Tooth bonding is usually a one-visit procedure. The tooth is prepared by lightly roughening the area to be repaired, which usually doesn't require anesthetic. The surface of the tooth is cleaned, etched and prepared with a gel, and a then treatment of bonding primers and resins is applied to the tooth. Dental composites are resins, which are made to a paste-like consistency so that they can be sculpted to the proper shape and applied. They contain various pigments that are matched to your tooth color, and they come in varying degrees of translucency. This composite is applied to your tooth, sometimes in several layers in order to duplicate the depth of color that occurs in a natural tooth. A high-intensity curing light is then used to harden it. With the latest dental technology, we can mimic the color details and translucency of your tooth for a natural, healthy appearance, oftentimes with little or no loss of the surrounding tooth structure.

How long will tooth bonding last and cost?

The technology of composite tooth bonding materials is wonderful as far as the beauty that it can bring to your teeth. There are some limitations to the materials of which you need to be aware. How long bonding lasts depends on many factors that are unique to the individual. Many people will go for ten or fifteen years and have the bonding look as good as the day it was put in. Some people will get staining on the margins of the bonding after one or two years and will need some touch-up work. If you take care of it well, it would be unusual to ever have to replace it, but some touch-up work would be normal after three to five years.

Under normal mouth conditions and if used as recommended, the tooth bonding should not darken or discolor with age. Tooth bonding is susceptible to staining overtime from certain foods, coffee drinks, or from smoking. However, by maintaining your homecare and receiving your scheduled professional cleanings, the tooth bonding should not stain any more than your natural teeth. In most cases, it is also durable enough to withstand the stresses of ordinary mouth function.

If you have extensive bonding work, we recommend frequent professional maintenance. Having your teeth cleaned two to four times per year by a hygienist skilled in bonding maintenance can help protect your bonding and make it look better and last longer. Maintain your bonded teeth by brushing and flossing faithfully. Try to avoid sweets or starchy foods between meals. Bonding holds up much better when it is clean. Be careful to choose gentle cleaning tools - Harsh toothpastes will dull the shine on bonding and make it more susceptible to stain. Hard toothbrushes will also damage bonding. If you have minor flaws in one or many teeth, you should consider dental bonding as a quick and economical way to improve your appearance. Depending on the required work to achieve your desired results will ultimately determine tooth boding cost.

If staining of tooth bonding is a major concern for you, porcelain veneers may be a better option. After a thorough exam, Dr. Vane would be happy to discuss what type of dental treatment is best suited for you, as well as addressing any concerns that you may have. Call (760) 632-0320 for a consultation today to get a tooth bonding cost estimate.

 
 

 

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