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Tooth Bonding Silver Spring, MD

Dechter & Moy Dentistry offers tooth bonding in Silver Spring, MD to address many dental issues. Tooth bonding is an effective economical treatment option for repairing minor tooth damage and addressing minor cosmetic dental concerns. Tooth bonding can be the perfect option for younger patients or adult patients of any age. Affordable dental bonding is an economical alternative to its counterpart, porcelain veneers.

Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy can use tooth bonding to enhance the beauty of your smile while improving your oral health. We can restore, enhance and even transform the look of your teeth in one single visit!

Today’s bonding materials provide color-matching and superior bonding capability that creates a beautiful result. With the skillful application of the composite resin compound, your mouth will be as comfortable as ever. Although not a permanent restoration, tooth bonding can last for 10 or more years with good oral hygiene and dental care.

How Can Tooth Bonding Help Me?

Tooth bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment that can improve the appearance of imperfect teeth. We can use bonding to fill cavities or protect the exposed root of a tooth. We can also use tooth bonding to fill in the grooves and depressions on your teeth which are susceptible to staining or decay.

Teeth can change over time, and if you don’t like their look, you can use bonding to enhance them. Tooth bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that your dentist will use to repair teeth with the following issues:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Chipped tooth
  • Cracks in teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Sharp edges on teeth
  • Teeth riddled with cavities

If we link these problems to underlying issues, our dentist may recommend restorative treatments before addressing cosmetic concerns. Addressing foundational issues will ensure that your tooth bonding results last as long as possible. You can look forward to many benefits to tooth bonding, including:

  • Improved smile: Our dentists can aesthetically improve a cracked, discolored or chipped tooth with tooth bonding.
  • Cost-effective: Tooth bonding is a simple and affordable procedure versus other cosmetic treatments that address the same issues.
  • Minimal time commitment: The typical bonding procedure takes only one office visit. Our cosmetic dentist can complete the procedure in about an hour.
  • Minimal preparation: Dental bonding does not require as much prepping and shaping of the tooth as other treatments such as veneers.
  • Reversible: Bonding is a non-invasive treatment and is completely reversible. Dr. Dechter or Dr. Moy can remove bonding if you ever want a more permanent option in the future.

What Results Should I Expect?

The result will be a beautiful, natural-looking smile that doesn’t even look like it has had work done. However, tooth bonding is not permanent. The cosmetic benefits will last three to ten years with proper oral hygiene practices. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings every six months are part of a good oral hygiene regimen too. Some patients notice slight tooth sensitivity directly following the bonding procedure. These symptoms will fade away after a few days.

Dental Bonding Process at Dechter & Moy Dentistry

The tooth bonding process is similar in many ways to a dental filling procedure. During your visit, one of our dentists will examine your teeth and the damaged area in question. The exam will help us determine if your damaged teeth are because of a minor issue or a more complex dental problem. For example, TMD issues, teeth grinding, and tooth decay damage.

We must address any underlying issues before proceeding with a tooth bonding treatment. Dr. Dechter or Dr. Moy may suggest a dental service to improve the health of your mouth before proceeding.

If dental bonding is the right choice to repair your teeth, we will begin by numbing the area with a local anesthetic. Although this is not always necessary. We will do our best to make sure you are comfortable and aware of every step.

Next, Dr. Dechter or Dr. Moy will remove a minimal amount of tooth enamel. He will carefully etch the surface of your tooth to prepare it for bonding. This allows the bonding compound to adhere securely and smoothly. Then, our dentist will directly apply a tooth-colored composite resin onto the tooth.

Next, Dr. Moy or Dr. Dechter will skillfully sculpt the tooth-colored resin into the desired shape and color match it to the tooth. We will make sure we match the color of the bonding to the rest of your teeth. Once our dentist completes this step, he will cure and harden the bond using a UV light. Then he will polish the tooth to ensure a quality result.

To ensure a long-lasting result, patients should follow a proper oral hygiene routine and schedule regular visits. The best part about dental bonding is that it does not require extra care or special products to maintain it. Keep up with your regular dental appointments and it will last a while.

Dental Bonding FAQs

When can I eat after tooth bonding?

After tooth bonding patients should wait to eat or drink a few hours after their procedure. This gives the patient time to adjust to the bond. Patients may experience sensitivity to hot and cold in the bonding area for a couple of hours after treatment. If you have particularly sensitive teeth, you should use toothpaste specifically for sensitivity such as Sensodyne.

Does bonding ruin your teeth?

Bonding does not ruin your natural teeth. Dental bonding is a minimally-invasive procedure and a semi-permanent option without causing significant harm. Your dentist can remove it at any time with zero damage to the enamel and surface of your teeth.

This procedure does not damage or weaken your natural teeth. It actually strengthens them by adding a layer of protection against damage and decay. However, the bonding material may eventually stain or chip. You will need touch-up treatments and maybe teeth whitening over time.

Can I get teeth bonding on my front teeth?

Yes! Our dentist can bond front teeth to close gaps between them, and fix chipped front teeth. Bonding improves the look of your smile while also repairing a chipped, cracked, or broken front tooth. Bonding of front teeth is a fairly easy procedure that requires minimal preparation and is generally pain-free.

Does tooth bonding break easily?

Tooth bonding is strong and durable. However, it’s not impervious to damage. Patients should avoid biting directly into hard foods with their bond to protect it. It should not break from occasional wear.

Are you ready to close the gaps in your smile with a bonding treatment? Dechter & Moy Dentistry provides beautiful results with this cosmetic treatment in our Silver Spring dental office. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today.