Dental Bonding

Dentist Herndon

Bonding is a type of cosmetic dental procedure that helps patients with improving the appearance of teeth that are cracked, chipped, discolored or misshapen. Dental bonding involves the application of a composite resin that can make cosmetic improvements to your teeth so that they look more like normal teeth or are whiter and more attractive.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonds can be thought of as shallow dental fillings. Although they are not as strong and durable as veneers or dental crowns, they are still helpful for repairing or improving the appearance of damaged teeth. Dental bonding is normally used on front teeth.

Your dentist may recommend that you have a dental bonding treatment to enhance the appearance of teeth with the following conditions:

  • Exposed tooth root due to gum recession
  • Discolored teeth that may appear brown, yellow or gray
  • Minor chips or cracks not requiring more extensive procedures, like a dental crown or root canal
  • Misshapen teeth, such as those that are too short or have gaps between them
  • Tooth decay occurring when oral bacteria and the mouth create acids that damage the teeth

Before and After

Before undergoing a dental bonding procedure, inform your dentist if there is any possibility of you becoming pregnant in the near future or you are currently nursing.

You should also let your dentist know if you have any problems after your bonding procedure, like fever, pain or difficulty chewing.

Bonding is subject to becoming stained. So follow all dietary and lifestyle recommendations. This normally means not drinking, eating, or using certain substances that are known to stain teeth for a couple of days after your bonding procedure.

Some substances that you want to avoid include:

  • Coffee and tea
  • Tobacco products
  • Blueberries and grape juice
  • Red wine

After a dental bonding procedure, you should also avoid using your teeth for chewing anything that might damage them, including ice, fingernails, and other hard objects.

What To Expect

Dental bonding procedures normally go quite smoothly and should take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to complete.

No anesthetic is necessary unless you are having a cavity filled. Your dentist will apply a gel or liquid etching solution to the surfaces of your teeth, which helps improve the bonding process.

They will then place the bonding material onto your teeth in a series of layers. A special light will be used to harden and set the bonding agent.

Finally, your dentist will artfully sculpt your bonded teeth. They will be polishing and smoothing it for a smooth finish so that there is no risk of the bonding material scraping against your tongue or mouth.

Schedule Your Dental Bonding Appointment

Are you ready to enhance the appearance of your teeth and smile with a dental bonding treatment? Or do you have more questions about the procedure? If so, allow us the opportunity to help you reach your dental goals. Our team of qualified and skilled professionals are happily accepting new patients. Contact us today!