Dental bonding is an affordable way to fix cracked, chipped, or stained teeth, but many people have never heard of it.
It’s a great way to repair imperfections while maintaining the natural structure of your tooth.
Interested in teeth bonding?
Here’s what you need to know.
What is Teeth Bonding?
Dr. Suk Jun Yun understands that cosmetic dentistry is as much a science as it is an art. We often recommend to repair front teeth with small chips, cracks, cavities, and other minor imperfections.
During the tooth bonding procedure, Dr. Yun will apply a tooth-colored resin to the surface of your tooth. This resin is a custom blend our dentist mixes to match the natural color of your tooth enamel.
How Long Does Dental Bonding Take?
You may need as little as one appointment for teeth bonding, which means you can leave our office smiling with confidence. It usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes to bond one tooth, which means you may need to schedule several visits to bond several teeth.
Does Teeth Bonding Hurt?
The teeth bonding procedure is relatively painless. Most likely, you won’t even need pain relievers. However, you may experience some tooth sensitivity to heat and cold after the procedure. If you experience this side effect, you can take over-the-counter pain medication for relief.
How Long is the Recovery Time?
There is no recovery time involved with the. You can go back to work immediately after dental bonding and it shouldn’t affect your ability to drive.
How Soon Can I Eat or Drink?
The resin cures completely during the dental bonding process, so you won’t have to wait after your appointment to eat or drink. However, you may experience some slight tooth sensitivity to heat and cold after teeth bonding.
Will Cosmetic Bonding Change the Way My Retainer Fits?
It is possible that dental bonding may slightly alter the way your retainer or other oral appliance fits. However, the effect should be minimal.
Am I a Candidate for Teeth Bonding?
Teeth bonding usually has the best results in areas that experience less pressure from chewing. This usually means that front teeth are elected to be fixed for practical and cosmetic reasons.
If you wish to repair a chipped tooth that’s not in the front, it’s still worth bringing it up to our cosmetic dentist. We can create a customized dental plan to eliminate any physical discomfort or self-esteem issues.
How Do I Take Care of Bonded Teeth?
You’ll need to maintain good oral hygiene, regardless of whether you have bonded teeth or not. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for years to come.
Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily. As an optional step, you may also use a fluoride mouth rinse after brushing and flossing. Fluoride helps strengthen enamel, reducing your risk of getting cavities.
You’ll also need to continue seeing our dentist every 6 months for your routine teeth cleaning and oral examination. That way, we’ll be able to monitor the condition of your bonded teeth and the rest of your smile.
These routine visits also give us the opportunity to remove plaque and tartar. If left untreated, plaque and tartar buildup can cause cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
Dental bonding can last between 3 and 10 years. In general, dental bonding lasts longer when you take good care of your teeth and gums. Please see our tips above about taking care of bonded teeth.
Request an Appointment With Us
Dr. Yun and his team would be more than happy to help you transform your smile! To get started, request an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Grand Rapids, MI. Call NorthPointe Family Dental & Implant Center at (616) 288-6134 today!
This blog post has been updated.