Tooth bonding is a minimally invasive and cost-effective approach to repairing or concealing small blemishes on your teeth surfaces. If you have a stain on your tooth that is resistant to teeth whitening solutions, we can conceal the stain with tooth bonding. Additionally, if your tooth is mildly chipped or misshapen, we can fill them into a more seamless shape with tooth bonding. As your trusted cosmetic dentist in Westminster, MD, Dr. Bowersox utilizes a tooth-colored resin, similar to a dental filling, to improve the appearance of slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. Patients love our tooth bonding services because it is less expensive than other cosmetic options, though still provides you with a smile makeover.
Here are some common questions regarding our tooth bonding treatment:
How long does a tooth bonding appointment take?
Tooth bonding can be done in one appointment to our office. It is a fairly quick procedure, in which Dr. Bowersox will apply the resin to your tooth and shape it down so that it blends in seamlessly with your smile before firmly securing it using an ultraviolet light.
What is the difference between tooth bonding and a porcelain veneer?
Tooth bonding is a faster way to conceal minor blemishes, as porcelain veneers require our labs to create the veneer from scratch. However, tooth bonding breaks off and wears down faster than a porcelain veneer would. If this happens, a tooth can be re-bonded again usually within one visit to our office. Porcelain veneers completely cover your existing tooth, while tooth bonding is used to conceal blemishes with your natural tooth.
How does the bonding material stick to my tooth’s surface?
A small amount of your tooth surface may need to be removed to ensure that the bonding material sticks to your tooth. This is a minimally invasive procedure, and you should not feel any pain or discomfort. Your tooth surface is then etched and coated with the resin. The resin hardens to your tooth surface when the ultraviolet light is applied. With the proper oral hygiene maintenance, the bonding material should stick to your tooth for up to ten years.