What is Tooth Bonding?
Dr. Becker may recommend tooth bonding to correct minor dental health and cosmetic concerns such as chips, cracks and spaces between teeth. Bonding is a fast, affordable treatment that is usually completed in a single visit to our Ellicott City dentist office. When bonding is done with a skilled hand and an artistic eye, it may be impossible to distinguish the bonded tooth from its neighbors.
How Does It Work?
Bonding uses tooth-colored materials to replace missing tooth structure or hide cosmetically unappealing minor defects in a tooth — chips, discoloration, and even minor spacing irregularities. Bonding materials are called “composite resins” because they contain a mixture of plastic and glass, which adds strength and translucency. The composite actually bonds, or becomes one, with the rest of the tooth.
How Long Does It Last?
Tooth bonding is not a permanent solution, but with proper oral hygiene and routine dental care, results can last for several years. It is important to remember that the composite used for tooth bonding can absorb stain much like a natural tooth, so avoid tobacco use and dark foods and beverages. Also, while composite can darken, it cannot be lightened. So if you are considering a teeth whitening procedure, it should be done before your tooth is bonded so that a composite shade can be selected to match the lighter color of your whitened teeth.