What is Tooth Bonding?

Ellicott City MD dentist, 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. Dr. Becker is an experienced cosmetic dentist and can help patients to achieve natural looking results with teeth bonding. Tooth bonding may be recommended to treat:

  • Spaces between teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Minor chips, cracks or damage to teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Tooth cavities

How Does It Work?

tooth bonding series diagramBonding 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.

About the Teeth Bonding Procedure

Teeth bonding can be completed during a single visit to our Ellicott City, MD dentist office and will take less than an hour to complete. Dr. Becker will select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your natural teeth for virtually unnoticeable treatment.

To prepare the tooth (or teeth) for bonding, Dr. Becker will lightly roughen surface of the tooth and add a conditioning liquid to help the resin adhere to the tooth. Next, he will directly apply a tooth colored, composite resin and sculpt it into the desired shape by hand. Teeth bonding requires the precision and artistic ability of a skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Becker since the work is done freehand without the use of molds or impressions. A special light is then used used to harden the material.  Dr. Becker will trim, shape and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.

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. Also, if damage to the teeth is more significant or a permanent result is desired, Dr. Becker may recommend a dental crown or porcelain veneers.

Schedule a Consultation

Howard County Smiles Family Dentistry offers consultations to discuss your dental concerns and evaluate your oral health. We offer teeth bonding in our Columbia, MD and Ellicott City, MD area dentist office. Call us today at 410.415.9013, or schedule your appointment online!