Dr. Stephen Hoard is a cosmetic dentist in New Bern, North Carolina. He offers tooth bonding to correct minor cosmetic dental concerns such as spaces between teeth or chipped teeth using cosmetic tooth bonding. This is a fast, affordable treatment that is usually completed in a single visit to our New Bern dentist office.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately "bonds" the material to the tooth to restore or improve an individual's smile.
Is Tooth Bonding Right For You?
Dental bonding is a quick and affordable cosmetic dentistry treatment that can be used to:
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Make teeth look longer
- Improve the shape of teeth
About the Tooth Bonding Procedure
Minimal tooth preparation is needed for a dental bonding procedure. Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Dr. Hoard will select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your natural teeth for virtually unnoticeable treatment.
The surface of the tooth will be roughened slightly and a conditioning liquid is applied to help the resin adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored, puttylike resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. The material is hardened by an ultraviolet light or laser. Once the composite has cured, Dr. Hoard will trim, shape and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
A dental bonding procedure is usually completed in a single visit and take less than an hour to complete.
Tooth Bonding FAQs
Do teeth that have been bonded require any special care?
No. Simply follow good oral hygiene practices brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist for regular professional checkups and cleanings.
Because bonding material can chip, it is important to avoid habits such as biting fingernails; chewing on pens, ice, or other hard food objects, or using your bonded teeth as an opener. Call your dentist if you do notice any sharp edges on a bonded tooth, any chips or pieces falling off, or if your tooth feels odd when you bite down.
How long does bonding material last?
Typically, bonding material lasts from 3 to about 10 years before it needs to be touched up or replaced, depending on the amount of bonding and your oral habits.
Cosmetic dental bonding is an affordable and conservative treatment option for patient's who have small chips or cracks. If you have more significant chips or cracks, Dr. Hoard may recommend porcelain veneers or dental crowns to reinforce the tooth and restore proper function.