Tooth bonding is a popular procedure in our Philadelphia dental office. Usually complete in a single visit, tooth bonding is used for many cosmetic and restorative purposes. This treatment can repair minor cosmetic concerns such as white spots on teeth, as well as tooth damage like chips and cracks. Dental bonding is a quick and economical treatment that offers natural-looking results. While it’s not considered to be a permanent solution, bonding materials are quite long lasting.
How does tooth bonding work?
Cosmetic tooth bonding is basically the same process as a resin dental filling. Dr. Doray will apply a tooth-colored resin directly to the tooth, sculpt it into the desired shape, and cure the material with a special light. Little or no preparation of the tooth is needed.
Dr. Doray is one of the most sought after cosmetic dentists in Philadelphia. She may recommend tooth bonding if you have:
- Gaps or spaces between your teeth
- Minor chips or cracks on your teeth
- Discolored teeth that are resistant to whitening treatment
- Tooth cavities
Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Bonding
Dental bonding can be a cost effective alternative to porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers require a minimal amount of tooth structure to be removed and two to three dental visits. They are considered a permanent dental restoration since it is an irreversible restoration. Tooth bonding, by contrast, requires no tooth structure to be removed and can be complete in one visit. Tooth bonding can be removed if desired. Example of resin bonding
Porcelain veneers, however, do last much longer than dental bonding. The composite resin is less resistant to stains and wear than the highly durable ceramic material used to make porcelain veneers. Examples of Porcelain Veneers:
Dental Bonding for Chipped Tooth
Dental bonding is commonly used to repair chipped or cracked teeth. The composite resin matches the natural color of teeth and is easily shaped into a tooth-like appearance. These restorations are virtually undetectable. The benefit of tooth bonding is that it is quick, affordable and long lasting. Before & After: Mitchell Mitchell came to Dr. Doray with a chipped front tooth. Dental bonding was used to restore his smile.
Dental Bonding for Worn Teeth
Dental bonding is also an excellent option for patients who have worn teeth. Tooth grinding can cause teeth to wear down and appear shorter. They might also have chips or cracks along the edges because of the constant grinding. Dental bonding can restore teeth so that they appear longer and more even. No one will know that you’ve had your teeth repaired, composite resin matches the look and feel of natural teeth. Before & After: Maria Maria came to Dr. Doray because her teeth were short and uneven. Chronic tooth grinding caused them to wear down and become chipped and brittle. Dr. Doray used dental bonding to restore her smile.
Before & After: Sandra- bonding black triangles
How long will it last?
With proper care and maintenance, you can expect most tooth bonding to last five years or more.
How much does it cost?
Dental bonding is a relatively affordable procedure and is often covered by dental insurance.