Tooth BondingAn Overview
Dr. Shawna Hoffert offers composite tooth bonding procedures for patients who have minor cosmetic or functional issues. Tooth bonding can usually be completed in a single office visit and is often more affordable than other treatments like crowns or veneers.
Tooth bonding is commonly used to treat:
- Diastemas (spaces between teeth)
- Minor tooth chips
- Cracked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Tooth decay and dental cavities
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Tooth Bonding What to Expect
The composite tooth bonding procedure is very similar to a resin dental filling. Dr. Hoffert will apply a biocompatible, tooth-colored composite material directly to the tooth and then sculpt it into the desired shape and form. The material may be self hardening or cured using a special light. Little or no preparation of the tooth is needed.
Dental bonding does not last as long as alternatives like veneers, inlays/onlays and dental crowns. With proper care and maintenance, you can expect tooth bonding to last five years or more.
Composite resin is not as resistant to stains from foods and beverages as compared to porcelain restorations. Avoid smoking or tobacco use and maintain regular visits to the dentist.