Minor blemishes on your teeth can take a huge toll on the confidence you have in your smile. At Baltimore Dental Co., we are here to help you resolve any dental concerns you might have your smile. We provide many comprehensive cosmetic dentistry solutions for patients who desire better looking teeth. Dr. Leah Romay is your trusted cosmetic dentist that offers teeth bonding in Glyndon, MD.
With dental bonding, Dr. Leah Romay can quickly and effectively conceal minor blemishes to restore the cosmetic appearance of your smile. Similar to a dental filling, this cosmetic treatment uses a resin material to cover minor tooth blemishes to improve your smile. This includes:
- Small chips in teeth
- Cracks in teeth
- Stains on your teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Small teeth cavities
Teeth Bonding in Glyndon, MD
Teeth bonding is a highly effective and affordable way to transform your smile. It is minimally invasive and does not involve the same extensive tooth preparation as dental veneers or dental crowns. It is the perfect solution for younger patients who need minor tooth work done or for patients who are not ready to commit to a more permanent treatment. Even though it is not as durable or long lasting as other dental restorations, patients that take good care of their oral health and practice good oral hygiene can expect their bonding to last up to 10 years.
The greatest benefit of teeth bonding is that it only requires a single dental appointment to complete. Dr. Leah Romay can transform your smile by color-matching the resin material to the rest of your natural teeth. The treatment fast, easy, and painfree.
The Teeth Bonding Procedure
Teeth bonding only requires a single visit to the dentist. It is easier to perform and is less traumatic for the patient than most other dental treatments. You will be able to enjoy the results of your treatment with little to no downtime. In most cases, the dentist does not even need to use anesthesia. The appointment should last no longer than 30 – 40 minutes and you will be able to return to your daily routine when you leave.
The first step is to color match the bonding material with shade of your natural, surrounding teeth. It is important to ensure that your results look as natural as possible.
To prepare your tooth for bonding, the dentist will slightly roughen up the area of the tooth where the material will be applied. This will involve removing a very thin layer of enamel. Next, a liquid to the tooth to help the bonding material adhere to the tooth.
Then the dentist will carefully apply the resin material directly on to the prepared tooth. Your dentist will need to mold the material by hand into the shape of a natural tooth. This requires the skill of a talented cosmetic dentist like Dr. Romay.
Once you and the dentist are happy with the outcome and the tooth blends in naturally, a specialized will be used to harden the material. Your dentist will polish the tooth as a finishing touch.
Teeth Bonding FAQs
Dr. Romay is happy to answer any questions you might have regarding our teeth bonding services. Continue reading to find some answers to frequently asked questions. If you still have questions or concerns about teeth bonding, please contact our dental office during regular business hours.
What can teeth bonding help with?
You should only use teeth bonding to conceal minor blemishes. If you’ve attempted to whiten your teeth, but notice that there is a stain that is proving to be bleach-resistant, teeth bonding material can be placed over the stain to conceal it.
Minor chips and cracks can also be repaired with teeth bonding; however, more extensive damages may require a restorative dentistry option like a dental crown to restore the functionality of a broken tooth.
How much enamel will the tooth bonding procedure remove during my appointment?
Teeth bonding only requires a small amount of enamel removal to make space for the resin material. Any enamel removed from the tooth surface will be quickly replaced with the hardened resin material, meaning no one should notice your teeth have been repaired using bonding material beyond your restored cosmetic aesthetics.
Is tooth bonding the same as a tooth filling?
No. Dental bonding is a cosmetic restoration. Tooth bonding possesses a composite resin that bonds to the teeth with bonding agents. On the other hand, teeth fillings are often exclusively restorative procedures that help repair tooth decay and can be of different materials, such as metals, ceramics, composites, and glass ionomer.
How long does dental bonding last?
Dental bonding restorations with composite resins usually last from 5 to 7 years. However, the longevity of the restorations depends on the patient’s oral hygiene, care, and habits. Certain habits, such as chewing ice, opening things with the teeth, and biting hard candies can reduce the restoration lifespan since they can fracture or chip them.
Does teeth bonding stain?
Yes. Dental composite restorations are porous and can stain over time after being in frequent contact with substances that possess dark pigment. However, this is a slow process, and it might not happen if the patient has a good oral hygiene routine and doesn’t consume foods or beverages that contain a dark pigment.
How long do I have to wait to eat after a tooth bonding procedure?
You don’t have to wait any time to eat or drink after getting a dental bonding procedure. You do not have to wait to eat after a dental bonding procedure because the composite resin completely hardens after the dentist cures it with the lamp. Therefore, you are ready to eat or drink anything you want as soon as the appointment is over.
What foods should I avoid with dental bonding?
Patients with dental bonding should avoid eating foods that are deeply colored. These include coffee, red wine, berries, soda, ketchup, tea, and artificially colored candy. Acidic foods can also cause damage to bonding, so we recommend that you avoid citrus juices as well.
Can your teeth rot under bonding?
Bonding does not affect your natural teeth. If you do not brush and floss your teeth after bonding, it is possible that your teeth may become infected or rot under bonding, but this is not caused by the dental bond, it is caused by poor oral care. This is why it is important to continue to practice a scheduled oral care routine after bonding.
Can teeth bonding treat significant tooth damage?
Unfortunately, dental bonding is not meant to treat severe or significant tooth damage. After a full exam, Dr. Romay will determine if a bonding treatment will work for you. If not, she may recommend a more permanent treatment such as a porcelain veneer or a dental crown.
Schedule an Appointment for Teeth Bonding in Glyndon, MD
If you have cosmetic concerns regarding your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Romay. She provides compassionate and comprehensive care to her patients.
Our dental practice offers several cosmetic dental treatments to help you achieve the smile of your dream including teeth bonding in Glyndon, MD. If you are interested in learning more about dental bonding or our other cosmetic procedures, you can request an appointment with Dr. Romay online. After a cosmetic consultation and full mouth exam, she can recommend the proper cosmetic treatments to transform your teeth and overall appearance.