Dr. Lauren Francis offers teeth bonding treatment to patients in Hampstead, NC. Ther cosmetic dental solution treats small stains, chips, or imperfections on teeth. Teeth bonding is also used to improve the shape and color of teeth as well as close up spaces or gaps between teeth.
If you are new to cosmetic dentistry and want to address cosmetic imperfections, call Seaside Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. We will help you determine if you are a candidate for tooth bonding treatment.
What Can Dental Bonding Do?
Tooth bonding can be used in a variety of ways. With dental bonding material, Dr. Francis or a member of her team can:
- Fill in gaps between teeth
- Change the color or shape of a tooth
- Repair chips or cracks in the enamel
- Brighten discolored, yellowed, or stained teeth
- Treat slightly crooked or misshapen teeth
Dental bonding is a more economical treatment than porcelain veneers, which are typically beneficial for patients who require more permanent or extensive treatment. The dental bonding process is also minimally invasive.
Tooth Bonding Treatment
To start dental bonding treatment, Dr. Francis prepares the tooth or teeth receiving treatment by removing a portion of the tooth enamel. It is done to make sure that the bonding material adheres to the enamel. Then, he applies a tooth-colored resin material to the tooth.
The material is hardened using ultraviolet light. Dr. Francis then files down the bonding material to ensure blends in against your tooth.
Tooth Bonding FAQs
Am I eligible for tooth bonding?
One of the best things about tooth bonding is that almost everyone is eligible to use it as a treatment option. It can take care of a wide variety of dental problems, and it’s one of the most cost-effective dental treatments available. However, we’ll still do a full exam to make sure it’s the best treatment option for your specific case.
How long does dental bonding last?
The length of time bonding lasts depends on how well the bonded tooth is taken care of. If it’s taken care of well, the bonding material can last up to ten years. While the material isn’t as strong as natural tooth enamel, it’s designed to hold up to the pressure of everyday wear.
How soon can I eat after dental bonding?
You’re able to eat right after getting the bonding treatment. However, we recommend avoiding acidic or staining foods and beverages until 48 hours after the procedure. You should wait to smoke until the period is over as well.
Can tooth bonding be touched up or removed?
One of the best parts about bonding is that it’s fully reversible. If you decide you no longer want it or want to try a different treatment option, the bonding material can be fully removed from your tooth. You can also ask your dentist to touch up an existing bonded tooth.
What can’t I do with dental bonding?
There are some things you should try to avoid to give the bonding material the longest life. For example, try to avoid directly biting down on hard foods with your bonded teeth. The bonding material is also susceptible to staining, so limiting consumption of tobacco products, coffee, tea, and other pigmented foods and beverages helps to keep it white.
Can I whiten my bonded tooth?
Bonding material can’t be whitened with traditional whitening methods. If you want to get your teeth whitened, you would have to get new bonding material that’s color-matched to the brighter shade of your teeth.
Can bonding help with my tooth sensitivity?
Yes, it actually can. If you have a broken, chipped, or worn tooth and the nerve endings are exposed, that is what causes your tooth sensitivity and pain. Bonding material can cover up those nerve endings and protect them from coming into contact with the things you eat or drink.
Can bonding be used to whiten my tooth?
Yes, and in fact, it’s one of the recommended options if your teeth don’t respond to typical whitening techniques. Since bonding material is malleable, it can be molded to fully cover the front of your tooth.
Contact Our Dental Office
Do you have a chip in your front tooth? Are your tooth stains concentrated on a single area of your smile? Try dental bonding today. Request a dental appointment with Dr. Francis or her dental team on our website. You can also contact our office for a consultation by calling 910-335-4392.
Let us know if you have any further questions about dental bonding or any of our other cosmetic dental treatments. Our team will be happy to get you the answers you need.