Dental bonding is the process of bonding composite resin to the enamel to rebuild damaged or eroded tooth structure and to cover up aesthetic imperfections. Composite resin is a tooth-colored material that can improve the appearance of stained or discolored teeth.Bonding builds up the tooth but this procedure is often combined with tooth shaping, also known as enameloplasty. This is the process of removing a small amount of tooth enamel to create the desired aesthetic. This may be performed if teeth are too long or too sharp. Contact your Long Beach Dentist today to schedule a cosmetic consultation.
Dental bonding lasts for 3 to 10 years.
Dr. Girgis will examine your teeth to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental bonding.
A shade guide is what we use to match the shade of the composite resin to your natural teeth.
If you are transforming the shape and size of your teeth, we may need to perform some drilling on your tooth, which is done under an anesthetic.
To prepare your tooth for bonding, we will roughen the surface of your enamel and apply an acidic conditioning liquid that helps the adhesive stick. Then, the resin is applied in layers.
Each layer of composite resin is cured with UV light. This hardens instantly. Additional shaping and contouring can be performed and then the tooth is polished.
If you have enamel erosion, chips, cracks, or other minor tooth fractures, this can be filled in with dental bonding. We can rebuild and strengthen your tooth so it looks like your tooth was never damaged.
Tooth discoloration and staining are becoming more common because of our over-consumption of staining foods and drinks like coffee, tea, red wine, and dark-colored sauces as well as the use of tobacco products. Dental bonding covers up discoloration and creates the illusion of pearly white teeth. You can select the shade of composite resin that you want, which will cover up discolored teeth and give you the effects of a long-term whitening treatment.
While dental bonding can’t correct bite problems, severe overcrowding, or crooked teeth, we can cover up minor problems like small gaps and slightly crooked teeth. Tooth contouring may be needed to file down some of the teeth that are overlapping each other. Composite resin can fill in spaces between the teeth and alter the size of the teeth so you can’t tell that they’re misaligned.
Many of us are insecure about the appearance of our teeth. Whether you wish your teeth were larger, longer, rounder, or want to correct jagged and uneven teeth, dental bonding can create this transformation for you. Bonding is the best way to completely change the appearance of the teeth in a cost-effective and minimally invasive way. If you can’t afford or commit to veneers, bonding is a great alternative.
The bonding process takes 30-60 minutes per tooth.
No, dental bonding is noninvasive when used on its own so it is completely painless and does not require the use of an anesthetic. Even when we use it in tandem with tooth contouring, your mouth will be numbed so you don’t feel any discomfort from drilling. We also offer sedation options if you have dental anxiety.
No, bonded teeth do not respond to teeth whitening which is why it’s important to care for your bonded teeth to prevent staining over time. We recommend that you get your teeth whitened beforehand if you want to correct discoloration. Then, you can match this tooth shade to the resin used for your bonded teeth. You will need to keep up with whitening the other teeth to ensure that they match.
You should avoid chewing hard, crunchy, and sticky foods which can damage the bonding.