Dental bonding is a treatment with both cosmetic and general focuses. Placed over teeth, dental bonding is an ideal solution for:
- Small chips and cracks in tooth enamel
- Uneven tooth shapes and sizes
- Minor gaps and spaces
- Crooked tooth presentation
- Severe tooth discoloration
With dental bonding, Oradell family dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter can produce a look that is consistent with adjacent teeth, creating ideal contours and shading to ensure a natural-looking result.
The Tooth Bonding Process
Dental bonding adheres to small abrasions made on the tooth’s surface before the resin is applied. Minimally invasive, slight roughing of tooth enamel is painless and should not result in any irritation. However, if you are nervous about this part of the process, we can discuss sedation dentistry options during your initial consultation.
After teeth have been prepared, Dr. Perlmuter applies bonding resin in layers, taking time to harden each one before placing the next. Once the tooth has been built-up sufficiently, bonding resin in sculpted and polished to fit seamlessly into your smile. The shade of bonding used will be matched to adjacent teeth, enabling the treatment to produce a look that is indistinguishable from natural tooth enamel.
Because very little needs to be done in preparation for tooth bonding, there is little to no recovery period following the procedure. After just one office visit, you can enjoy a completely restored smile with results that last for several years to come.
Keeping Your Dental Bonding Strong
To help keep dental bonding strong, be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste. Baking soda and similar “whitening” agents can scratch tooth bonding, encouraging stains. Be sure also to visit our office every six months for professional cleanings. During these visits, we can check the durability of your bonding and make adjustments as needed.
You can further protect your tooth bonding by not chewing on ice or hard candy, not chewing non-food items like pens, not grinding your teeth, and reducing your intake of sugary and colored beverages. These simple steps can help keep your bonding bright and strong while also helping to minimize risks to surrounding teeth.
It is important to note that, while strong and reliable, dental bonding may not last as long as dental crowns or porcelain veneers. However, dental bonding may cost significantly less than these options and the procedure can be completed in a single office visit, making it a great solution for many of our patients.
If you live in Oradell or surrounding areas of New Jersey and are looking for a quality family dentist, please call 201-384-9292 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Perlmutter today. Located in Oradell, our family dental practice serves families living throughout Bergen County and all surrounding areas.