Tooth Bonding Dentist in Burke VA and Chevy Chase MD

Tooth Bonding

Bonding is a conservative way to repair chipped, decayed, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling “bonds” with your teeth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.

Our ability to bond directly to the surface of your teeth opens endless possibilities for change. Modern resins, known as composites, are putty-like materials that work like magic in many situations. Composites placed artistically on the teeth adhere with a powerful link. They set quickly when bright light from a small wand penetrates the soft sculpted surface. This material closes unsightly gaps between teeth and fills in chips or ragged edges in your smile. Sometimes we apply it to the entire face of the tooth producing a dramatic change. This process completed across several teeth at one time creates an instant smile makeover, in the right cases.

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Bonding is quick, cost effective, and long lasting.

Bonding is a great solution.

Tooth bonding can also be used for teeth fillings instead of dark amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings, or composites, can be used on front and back teeth depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.

Composites sculpted and polished to a lustrous shine blend into your smile, leaving an undetectable solution to many challenging problems. Modern composites resist stain and chipping well, although they may need replacement after a few years. Fortunately, bonded composite offers a cost-effective and quick solution that’s easy to maintain over time.

What are the downsides?

Why don’t we use bonding for everything?

Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and usually can be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, tell your doctor. The bonding generally can be easily patched or repaired in one visit.

Dr. Ghannam takes great care to investigate your particular circumstance and suggest the best possible solution. If bonding is right for you, it can be a quick and cost effective solution.