If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry but have avoided it due to the out-of-pocket cost, dental bonding may be just right for you. It disguises common problems such as discoloration, cracks, and oddly shaped teeth. Bonding typically costs less than other cosmetic dentistry procedures as well, such as teeth whitening and veneers.
What to Expect from Dental Bonding
Like most people who choose cosmetic enhancements for their smile, you don’t necessarily want others to know about your treatment. That is no problem for Dr. Patton. He takes care to match the shade of the bonding materials to your teeth so the treated ones don’t stand out from the others. To start the process, he uses something similar to sandpaper to roughen the teeth you wish to have bonded. Next, he applies a conditioning liquid and finally the resin.
You need to sit for several minutes with the conditioning liquid and resin on your teeth. For the last step in the cosmetic bonding process, he uses a curing light to force the conditioning liquid and resin to harden. Dr. Patton may need to trim excess material and perform additional shaping at this stage as well.
How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
The main reasons people choose bonding is that it requires only one appointment and it doesn’t cost as much as other cosmetic dentistry procedures. The trade-off is that your results don’t last as long. However, you can expect the bonding materials to remain on your teeth for at least five years and possibly as long as 10 years. A good oral healthcare routine will help you extend the results of your dental bonding procedure.
Dental Bonding as a Method to Treat Tooth Decay
A dental filling preserves a tooth that has a significant amount of decay. If Dr. Patton has recently diagnosed you with one or more cavities, you don’t have to have them treated with traditional metal fillings if you don’t want to. Perhaps you want to avoid having this type of filling because the silver color stands out from your other teeth. You may also have health concerns about mercury. In either case, the materials present in our bonding agent can act as a tooth filling. This may also be an option to replace fillings that you already have.
Please contact Joshua Family Dentistry to request a consultation with Dr. Patton as soon as possible. He will let you know after a brief examination if you’re a good candidate for this procedure.