People who suffer from normal wear and tear of the teeth could benefit from dental bonding, also known as tooth bonding. These conditions include general tooth staining, chipping, discoloration, or broken teeth. Dental bonding involves using a soft composite placed on top of an existing damaged tooth to repair the cosmetic appearance of the smile. It is often considered an elective procedure, as it is typically performed for cosmetic purposes. If a damaged tooth is affecting your smile and your self-esteem, consider composite bonding. Because dental bonding can be confusing, we’ve outlined some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) and their respective answers about the procedure and it’s benefits below.
What is the Difference Between Dental Bonding and Dental Veneers?
Dental bonding and dental veneers are two completely different procedures even though they may seem similar in their ways. This is most important FAQ about dental bonding. First of all, dental bonding is not permanent and does not damage the natural tooth at all. A composite resin is used on the tooth and it is shaped to protect and enhance the look of the existing tooth.
Dental veneers, on the other hand, are a permanent solution that require the top layer of your enamel being shaved off. This makes the treatment irreversible, while dental bonding is and temporary. Additionally, keep in mind dental veneers only protect the appearance of the front of your tooth. Dental bonding completely protects the entire tooth and thus is a better alternative when possible.
How Do You Care for Your Teeth After Dental Bonding?
There is no special way you must care for your teeth after receiving a dental bonding. You should perform your standard oral hygiene and care as you did previously, ensuring that you are brushing your teeth twice a day and 30 minutes after each time you consume or use something potentially staining such as coffee, cigarettes or wine. This will clean off any surface stains you have, and allow for a clean, fresh look.
Flossing is also imperative and should also be followed with mouthwash. At our office, we recommend alcohol-free mouthwash as it is less corrosive on your teeth and gums. This will keep the area of the composite, even the section between the teeth, clean and free of bacteria. You won’t have to worry about bacteria being stored in these nooks and crannies as long as you care for them with a comprehensive oral health regimen.
How Long Does Dental Bonding Take?
Dental bonding typically only requires a single appointment at our Amherst dental office. This makes bonding a superior option to other forms of treatment modalities like dental veneers. Because your dentist is not altering your natural tooth at all, the process is quick, simple, and pain-free.
You can expect each tooth to take the dentist around a half an hour to complete the bonding procedure. This means that you can walk out of the office in under an hour if you are only having a few teeth worked on. Instead of causing permanent alterations to your teeth, this quick treatment makes it ideal for those who want to temporarily protect their natural tooth without spending too much time or money in the dentist’s office.
Schedule A Free Consultation for Dental Bonding Today!
If you’re ready for dental bonding but are unsure of where to go to get the process done, consider Douglas Hamill DDS. As a leading Amherst dentist with over 25 years of experience in the Williamsville, and throughout the Western New York region. Due to his extensive experience, you’ll always be in good hands. and can ask any additional questions or voice any concerns you have about dental bonding prior to any work being performed.
At our Amherst dental office, we care about your peace of mind, so don’t hesitate to reach out. Be sure to call us or visit as soon as possible to arrange a free dental bonding consultation with Dr. Hamill. During this time, we’ll determine whether you’re a candidate for dental bonding and talk you through the procedure so you are fully aware of the process before proceeding with treatment. Contact us today and let us put a smile on your face!