Dental tooth bonding is a great “fix-all” cosmetic dentistry solution. Wherever you need help, tooth bonding is a flexible tool that can be used to correct:
- Shape, sizing, and spacing problems
Unlike a porcelain crown, where the restoration is created from an impression and then placed over the natural tooth, bonding is a putty-like, tooth-colored resin that is molded into the desired shape and then hardened with a high-intensity light. The Royal Oak team will match it to your natural tooth shade for a wonderful result.
Tooth bonding is usually recommended if you have minor decay or aesthetic problems. If you have seriously worn or weakened teeth, a crown or porcelain veneers may be a better way to increase strength, functionality, and drastically improve the appearance of your smile.
The Dental Bonding Process
Tooth bonding is not an invasive procedure, and many of our patients do not require anesthesia. Your dentist will numb the area to make sure you do not feel any discomfort. Then, during the procedure, Royal Oak will:
- Select a shade that is right for you
- Prepare the tooth surface and apply a special liquid to it to strengthen the attachment of the bonding
- Apply a bonding composite to your tooth and carefully mold the bonding to perfectly match your smile
- Harden the tooth bonding with a specially calibrated, high-intensity light
- Buff and polish the bonding to a beautiful, natural-looking finish
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bonding
- How do I care for my bonded teeth?
Royal Oak Dental Group will give you specific instructions for maintaining your tooth bonding. You will need to maintain at-home brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Try not to eat foods that are stressful to enamel and dental work, like caramel apples and peanut brittle, and do not use teeth for things besides eating!
- How long will my tooth bonding last?
That all depends on your commitment to dental hygiene, frequency of dental visits, and your eating habits. The lifespan of tooth bonding can range from three years up to about 10 years. Your dental tooth bonding can be touched-up in a short appointment anytime you become unsatisfied with its appearance.
- Is dental bonding expensive?
Tooth bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer. First you will want to CHECK with your dental insurer to find out if bonding is a covered treatment. You are encouraged to discuss our fees and financing options with a team member who can help you fit the treatment comfortably into your budget
- What are some suitable alternatives to tooth bonding?
Patients wishing to correct minor defects like small cracks, chips or discoloration should also consider the benefits of porcelain veneers and porcelain fillings. If a tooth has become severely weakened by decay or damage, a porcelain crown may be necessary.
For more information on modern cosmetic options, call Royal Oak Dental Group today to set up your dental bonding consultation. To see past smile makeovers and cosmetic work by Royal Oak Dental Group, take a look at our cosmetic dentistry pictures!
We can help you find a solution to your dental problem. Royal Oak Dental Group’s dental offices are located in Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill and Siler City.