If you are looking to improve your smile, Dr. Amy Marckese offers cosmetic tooth bonding near you for many cosmetic dental issues. Tooth bonding is a quick and easy cosmetic dentistry treatment for patients who have minor cosmetic and functional issues. The experts at DentalSpa can complete the cosmetic teeth bonding procedures in a single office visit.
Learn More About Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
Tooth bonding uses a tooth-colored, biocompatible composite resin to hide flaws in the teeth. The resin is applied by the dentist directly to the tooth and sculpted into the proper shape and form, then cured using a special light. Dental bonding may also be used in combination with other cosmetic dentistry procedures and as part of a smile design.
Composite dental bonding is commonly used to treat:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gaps between front teeth, or any teeth
- Discolored tooth structure
- Fill dental cavities
- Misshapen teeth
- Short, stubby teeth to make teeth appear longer
Dr. Marckese uses composite dental bonding as a conservative treatment for patients. The process is very similar to a resin dental filling. Composite bonding does not remove any of the tooth’s natural structure as happens in porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
While dental composites are extremely durable, they are not permanent and may need to be retouched or replaced in the future. Porcelain restorations such as dental crowns or porcelain veneers are permanent and much longer lasting. Dental composites may also be more susceptible to staining from foods and beverages, so special care should be taken to ensure long term success.
About Our Cosmetic Tooth Bonding Procedure
Cosmetic teeth bonding is typically completed during a single visit to our Indianapolis dentist office and takes less than an hour to complete. Dr. Marckese will select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your natural teeth for virtually unnoticeable treatment.
Our dentist in Indianapolis, IN will prepare the surface of the tooth (or teeth) to be treated. She will directly apply a tooth-colored, biocompatible composite resin and sculpt it into the desired shape. The tooth-colored resin material is hardened by an ultraviolet light or laser.
Once the composite has cured, Dr. Marckese will trim, shape and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface. Teeth bonding requires the precision and artistic ability of a skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Marckese since the work is done freehand without the use of molds or impressions.
Cost of Tooth Bonding
Tooth bonding is often covered by dental insurance when used to address tooth damage or a dental health concern, but is also an alternative to the more expensive option of dental veneers. We will discuss all aspects of your tooth bonding procedure, including cost, prior to your treatment. We accept all dental insurance plans and work with patients to estimate their portion of the total cost.
Tooth Bonding: Frequently Asked Questions
Not many patients realize that tooth bonding is an option when it comes to fixing cosmetic imperfections on their teeth. If you have minor dental chips, cracks, or gaps, we encourage you to consider tooth bonding. Start by reading common questions asked by our other patients about cosmetic bonding. If you have further questions, please contact us.
How long does cosmetic bonding last?
The lifespan of your bonding can vary, depending on your regular dental cleaning habits. On average, the bonding material lasts between three to ten years before it will need to be replaced.
Does bonding ruin your teeth?
There are no major risks with dental bonding. The composite resin used with dental bonding isn’t as strong as your natural teeth, so it is possible for for the bonding material to chip or separate from the bonded tooth. This is uncommon, and occurs less than it does with crowns, veneers or fillings.
Can bonded teeth be whitened?
The composite resin used in dental bonding does not need to be whitened like your natural teeth. You can still get teeth whitening on the bonded tooth, however the actual composite resin will not be whitened.
Does dental bonding look natural?
Your dental bonding’s composite resin is colored to match the shade of the surrounding teeth in order to maintain a natural look. If used for whitening, the bonding can be adjusted to match the shade of the surrounding teeth to keep your smile looking natural and healthy.
Does drinking coffee with bonds on teeth cause staining?
Dental bonds can be stained, just like natural teeth. Regular coffee drinkers may find that their dental bonds do become stained overtime. The more deeply-colored beverages a patient drinks, the more likely they are to have stained bonds.
Can you eat normally with composite bonding?
After composite bonding is placed onto your teeth you will need to wait 24 hours for it to fully harden and settle. During this period it is important to stick to a soft diet to avoid irritation. Once your bond has healed you may return to your regular diet.
How do you take care of cosmetic bonding?
Patients with cosmetic bonds should be sure to practice a regimented oral care routine. It is important that you brush and schedule regular cleanings to keep your bond in good condition for as long as possible. Patients should also avoid smoking because it may stain your bond.
How long does dental bonding take?
The duration of your tooth bonding treatment will depend on the complexity case and the number of teeth being treated. On average, it takes Dr. Markese about 30 to 60 minutes to bond a single tooth. It’s a relatively quick and straightforward process compared to other cosmetic dental treatments. However, the time can vary based on the extent of the bonding required and the specific condition of the teeth being treated.
Will people be able to tell my teeth are bonded?
Tooth bonding is designed to match the natural color and shape of your teeth, making it virtually indistinguishable to others. Dr. Markese will blend the bonded material seamlessly with your natural teeth, ensuring a natural appearance. With proper care, bonded teeth can look and function just like natural teeth, leaving others unaware of the treatment.
Schedule a Dental Exam for Cosmetic Bonding in Indianapolis, IN
If you are interested in learning more about how composite dental bonding could address your dental concerns, contact our dentist in Indianapolis, IN. Call us at 866.486.0230 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to meeting your needs and goals for your smile, and helping you enjoy the lifelong benefits of good oral health.