Dental bonding in Whitehouse, OH

Bonding is one of the most versatile tools in modern dentistry, providing secure repairs of teeth that have been chipped, cracked, fractured or otherwise damaged.

Use of composite bonding material is a simple way to change the dimensions and aesthetic appeal of teeth, create secure fillings, add strength and resilience, smooth out uneven edges and attach veneers, bridges, crowns or inlays and onlays.

Bonding is part duct tape and part Swiss army knife, an incredibly versatile technology that takes the complexity out of many dental challenges. The composite is the same color as your teeth, and just as strong. In addition, bonding solutions are long-lasting, often enduring for a lifetime.

During a bonding procedure, your dentist applies putty-like composite material directly to the tooth, then sculpts it into a natural shape. Not surprisingly, the best results come from dentists who not only have exceptional skill, but also an eye for proportion and balance. For an aesthetically pleasing outcome — and a masterpiece smile — trust the highly skilled and artistically gifted dentists of Dental Health Associates.

Cosmetic Applications

In addition to rebuilding teeth, bonding can also be used to cloak discoloration and other imperfections. Teeth that are resistant to whitening can be artfully concealed behind brightly translucent composite material. Bonding not only is a strong adhesive used in applying veneers, it is also a less expensive alternative to veneers — covering time-worn teeth in a process that, unlike porcelain veneers, is completely reversible. No reshaping of a tooth is necessary to accommodate the application of composite bonding material.

Beyond these specific uses, bonding has a variety of other cosmetic applications. If a portion of a front tooth breaks off during eating, bonding can rebuild the tooth with composite material that is seamless and completely natural-looking. If teeth have been damaged as a result of a sports injury or other trauma, bonding can repair the damage and restore the tooth’s pre-impact appearance. If there are gaps in your teeth or particular teeth appear misshapen, bonding material can be used to add volume, close gaps and add symmetry to the shape of teeth.

Quick and Convenient

Unlike many dental procedures, bonding does not require X-rays or mouth impressions. In most cases no anesthetic will be needed. Bonding is quick, convenient and ultra-comfortable. The process typically begins with the use of a mild acid solution to prepare the surface, followed by the composite material in liquid form, which is meticulously applied layer by layer. With each application, your dentist molds and shapes the material to conform to the desired shape. When the final result is achieved, the composite material is hardened with a special high-intensity lamp. After the final layer, the material is polished and coated with a protective finish.

Non-Cosmetic Applications

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Although dental bonding is primarily used for cosmetic procedures, composite resin is also useful for some health and functional issues. Dental bonding can be used to protect exposed tooth roots that develop because of receding gums.

It is the same material that your dentist uses to fill cavities. Since resin can be blended to match the color of your teeth, it is much more difficult to spot tooth-colored fillings in your mouth than the traditional silver amalgam fillings.

Taking Care of Your Dental Bonding Results

Following your appointment, you are free to resume normal activities. Discomfort is rare, but you may use over-the-counter pain medication if you deem it necessary.  

The compromise for bonding being less expensive and less invasive than other cosmetic treatments is that it is not as durable as the other options. Composite resin molded over a tooth typically lasts between five and 10 years.

To enjoy the benefits for as long as possible, do not chew on hard foods, ice cubes, fingernails, and pens since these can crack the resin. Furthermore, keep in mind that the resin is even more susceptible to staining than your natural teeth. Quitting smoking and limiting your intake of coffee, cola, and red wine can keep your resin looking whiter for longer. 

What Are Longer-Lasting Cosmetic Options?

If you are looking for more durable cosmetic solutions for your smile, you may be interested in dental crowns or porcelain veneers. The talented cosmetic dentists at our practice are happy to discuss the pros and cons of all your options so that you find a treatment plan that best achieves your dream smile. 

To learn more about dental bonding, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dental Health Associates of Whitehouse today.