What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is the application of a restorative composite resin filling, layer by layer, on the front and back of your teeth. Bonding can be used to restore decayed teeth, to make cosmetic improvements, to slightly change the color of your teeth and also to reshape your teeth.
When would we recommend Dental Bonding for you?
If you have decayed teeth or wish to make cosmetic improvements to your teeth, please talk to your dentist at Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates at Washington Metro Center Dental. We will be happy to discuss with you to help you decide if dental bonding is a good treatment option for you.
How we do it?
Generally, bonding can be completed in one visit that may last about one to two hours. Individual situations may vary.
Before the bonding material is applied, first we prepare your tooth by applying a very mild etching solution. This is to make a slightly rough surface on the tooth by creating small crevices on the tooth’s enamel. The rough surface is needed to allow a durable resin bonding to your teeth.
After etching, the resin is placed on your tooth surface and it is cured using a high-intensity light. This cures the resin layer in a few minutes. This process is repeated for each layer of resin that is applied. The number of layers needed would depend on your individual situation.
Once the last coat is applied to your tooth, the bonded material is sculpted to fit your tooth and it is finely polished.
The bonding resin comes in many shades and we can match it to your natural teeth; also the final sculpting can be done to give you the best pleasing appearance.
What you can expect from Dental Bonding?
- Basically, bonding will cover any natural flaws you had.
- Depending on the purpose for which bonding was done; it will lighten any stains on your teeth and will close up minor gaps correct crooked teeth. When used as dental filling, esthetics is the big advantage over silver fillings.
What are the risks / concerns?
There are no known risks for bonding. Bonding with composites costs more in time and material.