On August 21, 2017
Your smile is one of the first things people notice when they meet you. First impressions last. You should never underestimate the importance of a knockout smile. A smile shows that you feel good about yourself and that you take care of your health too.
We all want to look and feel our best. Composite resin bonding improves the appearance of your teeth. Below, we discuss this treatment in detail. To help you make an informed choice about whether or not the process is for you, we aim to answer the most common questions about composite resin bonding.
Common Questions and Answers About Composite Resin Bonding
Take a look at these frequently-asked questions and answers to find out if you’re a good candidate for composite resin bonding in Sun City, AZ:
What is composite resin bonding?
Composite resin tooth bonding is an inexpensive, quick and minimally-invasive route to a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. Dental bonding is also sometimes used to fill cavities because it looks aesthetically better than silver-colored fillings.
The cosmetic dentistry procedure involves our Sun City, AZ dentist, Dr. Daniel Donoho, molding and shaping composite resin on your teeth to provide you with a whiter, straighter smile. Dr. Donoho can complete your composite resin bonding in just one appointment.
Who should use it?
You should consider dental bonding under the following circumstances:
- To repair cracked or chipped teeth: Many incidents, including sporting injuries, falls and car accidents, can cause cracked or chipped teeth. A chipped tooth can look unsightly and make you feel embarrassed. Treating your chipped tooth without delay prevents potential further damage and improves the look of your tooth and your smile. Bonding enables our dentist to replace any lost tooth material with natural-looking, durable resin.
- To repair small fractures: A cracked tooth makes you feel less confident and can adversely affect your dental health. A quick dental bonding treatment will easily conceal and repair any fractures.
- To protect a part of your exposed tooth’s root due to receding gums: You can experience significant discomfort or pain when your root is exposed. Tooth bonding can often correct this easily.
- To change the shape of your teeth: Composite resin can create additional width to your teeth to make them look more proportionate.
- To close spaces between your teeth: Gaps between your teeth can make them appear misshapen, misaligned or asymmetrical. Dental bonding makes gaps smaller and sometimes closes them entirely. Composite resin can close a single gap or multiple gaps between your teeth.
- To make your teeth look longer: Resin bonding can add additional length to your teeth. It can also create a more even edge, resulting in a more beautiful smile that enhances and complements your natural face shape.
- To repair decayed teeth: Because composite resins look far more natural, it’s often used instead of amalgam fillings.
- To improve the appearance of discolored teeth: If your teeth don’t respond well to professional teeth whitening treatments, you can opt for composite resin bonding. Also, if you have sensitive teeth, you’re probably not a good candidate for whitening treatment. Dental bonding can help in these situations.
- To enhance your teeth’s appearance after wearing braces: It’s common to undergo dental bonding after having braces removed. The treatment masks staining you developed while wearing the braces.
What are the benefits of composite resin bonding?
Composite resin bonding has many benefits, including:
- It’s an inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure: Composite resin bonding is less expensive than dental crowns.
- It looks natural: Composites come in a wide range of colors. Thus, allowing for almost invisible tooth restoration.
- It strengthens your tooth structure: Composites restore your tooth’s original physical strength.
- It’s a good alternative to tooth removal: Composite restoration bonds to your tooth and restores its original strength. Hence, this process can preserve a tooth that might not otherwise be salvageable.
- It’s versatile: Composite bonding can repair worn, chipped or broken teeth.
- It’s quick: One tooth treatment takes between 30 minutes to one hour.
- It doesn’t usually involve anesthesia: Unless you have cavities, you most likely will not need anesthesia.
Are there any drawbacks to composite resin bonding?
The benefits of dental bonding far outweigh any negatives. Dental bonding material is fairly resistant to stains, but it’s not as stain-resistant as crowns. Composite resin bonding isn’t as strong and won’t necessarily last as long as fillings, crowns or veneers.
Is composite resin bonding a new treatment?
No, although composite resin use for restoring teeth has significantly increased over the last 60 years.
Is composite tooth bonding a radical procedure?
Certainly not. You’ll find minimal tooth removal with cosmetic tooth bonding, and the procedure is often performed without anesthetic. The process is painless for most people.
Do composites look natural?
When you have a skilled cosmetic dentist apply your composites, they look completely natural.
Am I too old for composite resin bonding?
You’re never too old for treatment.
How much does composite resin bonding cost?
According to figures from Everyday Health, the average cost for the procedure is between $300 to $600 per tooth. Compare this to paying between $700 and $1,500 per tooth for porcelain veneers as quoted by the Consumer Guide To Dentistry. Fortunately, when it’s done to fill cavities or for structural reasons, many dental insurance plans cover the cost of composite resin bonding.
It’s tempting to choose a professional who provides this service at a below-average price or is offering services for a cost that seems too good to be true. However, it’s crucial to consider that you need to live with your teeth for the rest of your life. You need to choose an experienced dentist who has a track record of achieving consistently good results.
The cost of composite resin bonding may be affected by location. Your treatment typically costs less if you live in a rural area as opposed to a large city. Your dentist’s experience and reputation can also affect the price of treatment. Call us here at Donoho Dental Associates, PC to learn more about your specific cost of composite bonding cost.
When it comes down to your health, the composite resin bonding cost is a small price to pay for a healthy mouth and attractive teeth.
How about financing options?
The majority of dentists — and that includes us here at Donoho Dental Associates, PC — work with you to find a payment plan or financing options that suit your budget if your insurance doesn’t cover your bonding procedure.
We not only work with many insurance companies, but we offer discount plans and financing options. We list the major insurance carriers, discount plans and financing options we accept on our website, but we may accept others. If you don’t see your plan listed, give us a call at (623) 633-7356.
How long does tooth bonding last?
According to the Cleveland Clinic, tooth bonding usually lasts from three to ten years on average before it needs to be repaired or replaced. Your tooth bonding also could last longer than ten years. Factors that may affect the longevity of your tooth bonding include your oral habits and the amount of bonding done.
What should I expect from the consultation and treatment planning stages?
Dr. Donoho conducts a thorough evaluation and examination of your teeth and gums to determine whether your dental problems are solvable with tooth bonding. He discusses the cosmetic and clinical issues, such as tooth discoloration, spaces and gaps between teeth, chips, cavities, cracks and fractures that tooth bonding can resolve.
Our dentist might speak to you about other treatments, like veneers or crowns, if your teeth are badly damaged or you have other dental issues that could affect the longevity and success of this specific treatment. Dr. Donoho could also ask you to undergo teeth whitening before your treatment to match the color of the composite to your natural teeth.
Our dental team will ask you to wait between 14 and 21 days before you get your composite resin bonding if you do elect to whiten your teeth. Your teeth will then be ready to ensure the creation of a durable bond.
If you are changing the shape of your teeth or lengthening them, your dentist in Sun City will take impressions of your teeth before your treatment. You then have a preview of what your teeth will look like after treatment. Dr. Donoho may use this model as a template or guide while he’s doing the procedure.
What happens during the treatment?
Our dentist finds the right color for your bonding by using a shade guide to find one that closely matches your tooth. He’ll be able to find an almost exact match since there are a wide variety of dental bonding shades.
You should only need anesthesia if you have a chip near a nerve, you’re getting a filling or if your tooth needs to be drilled to modify its shape.
The Bonding Process
Prior to beginning the composite resin bonding procedure, your teeth are cleaned to remove debris. Dr. Donoho roughens your tooth surface and applies a conditioning liquid to help the material stick to your tooth. Next, he applies a putty-like tooth-colored resin. It’s then molded and smoothed into shape. A bright light hardens the material. Then, your tooth is trimmed, shaped and polished to fit in with your other teeth.
The entire procedure takes around 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. Dr. Donoho checks your teeth and makes sure you’re happy with them at the end of your appointment. This process will include:
- Refining the bonding solution: Our dentist removes small areas of the bonding material from your teeth using a fine dental drill. Your teeth will then be more even and uniform.
- Checking symmetry: Donoho checks the length and width of your teeth to make sure they are symmetrical with the others.
- Checking your bite: Our dentist checks the alignment of your bite. If it’s not aligned perfectly, Dr. Donoho further refines the bonding.
- Etching the surface: He uses a tool with a rotating head to lightly etch the surface of the treated tooth. You tooth then has a natural appearance comparable to your other teeth.
Is there a recovery period?
No. You’ll experience no recovery time after your procedure. You can go straight back to work and resume all your regular activities. We may advise you to avoid certain foods and drinks, such as red wine and coffee, that might stain your teeth initially.
What is the aftercare of composite resin bonding?
You don’t need to take any special steps to look after bonded teeth.
What kind of upkeep do I need?
Simply follow good oral hygiene practices:
- Brush twice daily
- Floss once daily
- Rinse with antiseptic mouthwash once or twice daily
- Visit our dentist for regular teeth-cleaning and check-ups
Additionally, these tips will keep your bonding looking better for longer:
- Steer clear of chewy foods on the day of your dental bonding treatment
- Cut down on red wine, coffee and tea
- Quit smoking
- Don’t chew on pens
- Refrain from biting your nails
- Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth
- Visit our dental office in Sun City, AZ if you feel any sharp edges on a bonded tooth or if you have any other concerns
What should I look for in a cosmetic dentist?
When you choose dental bonding, you make an investment in your looks and your quality of life. You need to select a dental professional who provides outstanding results. It’s often a good idea to ask your friends and family for a recommendation. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recommends that you ask your dentist for more information before you get started:
- References: References are a simple way to get an idea of the quality of care provided.
- Before and after photos: Before and after photographs enable you to see other patients’ results. You can then decide if the dentist is a good fit for your needs. You should closely examine the images to ascertain whether or not you like the final results. Check to see if the patient’s teeth look natural and ask yourself if you would like a similar look. Bear in mind that poor quality photos with bad lighting could be hiding poor aesthetic results.
- Proof of continuing education: You want to choose a dentist who is up-to-date with the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques.
- Accreditation: Choose a dentist with American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accreditation.
- Comfort: You should choose a cosmetic dentist you feel comfortable with. Remember that you’ll be working together to develop a treatment plan. Therefore, choose a provider who listens to your concerns and needs. It’s time to find a new cosmetic dentist if you meet with one who makes you feel uncomfortable, dismisses your worries, shames you about the condition of your teeth or pressures you to undertake more treatment.
Composite resin restorations cover a range of uses. Our cosmetic dentist uses his artistry to provide you with the utmost in longevity and aesthetics. Dr. Donoho has spent years perfecting and mastering bonding techniques. He’ll share the science, benefits and limitations of the procedure with you.
Composite resin bonding is a good option if you want to achieve a brighter, straighter look to your teeth. Our dentist and team can answer any further questions you have about the procedure. Call us at (623) 633-7356 or contact us via our online form.