Dental bonding, also called “tooth bonding” is a treatment where dental resin is added to the teeth to reshape them, improve their appearance, and cover up cosmetic flaws. This treatment is fast, affordable, and a great way to get started with cosmetic dentistry in Jacksonville. Contact your Jacksonville dentist today to see if it’s right for you.
The material used for dental bonding is nearly identical to the material used for composite (tooth-colored) dental fillings!
To begin the process, Dr. Barikbin will consult with you to discuss all of your options for cosmetic dentistry in Jacksonville, and determine if bonding is a good choice for you.
At your next appointment, Dr. Barikbin will clean your teeth, then roughen them using a special acid solution. This prepares the teeth for the application of bonding resin, and ensures a tight hold.
Dr. Barikbin will choose a type of bonding material that matches the color of your teeth, then apply it layer-by-layer to the tooth, shaping and hardening it to restore the shape of your tooth.
Once the overall shape of the tooth has been finalized, Dr. Barikbin will complete your treatment by checking your bite, trimming the bonding material, and ensuring the newly-bonded tooth fits perfectly into your smile.
Dental bonding offers fast results, since it takes only 30-60 minutes to treat each tooth, and multiple teeth can be treated in just a single appointment. If you want to restore your smile quickly, it’s a good choice. It’s also more affordable compared to veneers, so this is something to keep in mind when considering the right treatment for your situation.
Not only that, but bonding is highly versatile. It can be used to repair small chips, enlarge teeth to fill in gaps between teeth, to reshape uneven and misshapen teeth, and to cover up stained teeth. No matter the flaws with your smile, bonding may be a good option for restoring your confidence and your pride in your appearance.
Dental bonding at Ortega Family Dental may be a good choice if you only have one or two problematic teeth, since it’s a fast, and non-invasive process. It is also a good option if you don’t have the money to spend on more expensive treatments like veneers.
Bonding is also non-invasive. It does not require drilling, which makes it great for patients with dental anxiety. It is also reversible since no enamel is removed. Some patients prefer this to treatments like veneers, which require the irreversible removal of some of your tooth material.
Just make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once per day to keep your teeth healthy and strong. You also should see Dr. Barikbin twice a year for teeth cleanings and oral exams to ensure that both your natural teeth and your bonded teeth are healthy.
There are also a few steps you can take to reduce the risk of breaking or dislodging the bonding material. Don’t eat hard foods like nuts with your front teeth. Use your molars instead. Break the habit of chewing on non-food objects of all types, including pens, fingernails, and pencils. You also should not use your teeth as tools to tear open bags, rip tape, or for any other such purpose
About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.
Dental bonding has an average lifespan of 3-10 years. What makes the longevity of tooth bonding so variable is the difference between each person’s oral hygiene, lifestyle, and the amount of bonding that was performed.
If you regularly brush and floss your teeth, you’ll reduce your risk of cavities forming beneath the bonding. You should also avoid smoking and staining foods and drinks. These can cause your bonding to become discolored over time. Most importantly, avoid wear and tear by being proactive about damage to your teeth.
Wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth or play contact sports. Don’t chew on objects, ice, or hard, chewy, or sticky foods. Using your teeth to rip open packages can cause the bonding material to wear away over time or chip.
No, dental bonding is a temporary procedure that is made out of the same temporary material used in dental fillings. Over time, the composite resin will wear down or can become damaged. As long as you care for your teeth, practice good oral hygiene, and attend regular dental appointments, your bonding will last for many years.
Your dentist in Jacksonville can evaluate your teeth and determine when you need a touch-up. As long as you up-keep your bonded teeth, it can be a permanent fix, but you will need to continually get your teeth bonded.
Bonded teeth do not respond to whitening treatments in the same way that your natural teeth do. The whitening agent (hydrogen peroxide) works by penetrating through the porous tooth enamel and breaking down stains through oxidation.
However, this doesn’t work in the same way on composite resin material, which means your bonded teeth won’t change in color, but your natural teeth will. This can cause an uneven result, where some teeth are whiter than others.
A solution would be to get your teeth whitened and then replace the bonding afterward, or you can have all of your visible teeth bonded for a permanent teeth whitening. Bonding covers up discoloration and you can select a shade that is lighter than your natural teeth.
No, dental bonding is not harmful to your teeth. It is minimally invasive, painless, and doesn’t require any drilling, anesthetic, or needles! Unlike veneers or dental crowns, we don’t have to file down your enamel, which leaves the integrity of your teeth intact.
The procedure is also reversible and temporary so if you change your mind later on, you can just have the bonding removed. Bonding can improve your oral health by repairing the damage done to your teeth like filling in chips and cracks, rebuilding broken teeth, filling in gaps, or covering an exposed nerve. This reduces the risk of your teeth becoming more damaged or infected.
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