At Bethesda Family Smiles, we are committed to bringing affordable, conservative, and minimally invasive dental services to our Bethesda, MD community. We pride ourselves on patient-focused care and exceptional service in all aspects of our dentistry.
Teeth bonding is one of the most conservative approaches to cosmetic dentistry that we offer. With teeth bonding, Dr. Khanna can effectively and efficiently address minor cosmetic concerns that may be having major impacts on your self-consciousness or the uniformity of your smile. Learn more about teeth bonding below.
Teeth Bonding in Bethesda, MD
Dr. Khanna provides teeth bonding services to patients who want to address minor blemishes on their teeth. If you are interested in learning what teeth bonding can do for you and your smile, we recommend scheduling a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Khanna.
The Teeth Bonding Process
Dental bonding is similar to porcelain veneers in that it’s suitable to care for the same conditions. However, bonding is a temporary solution, while veneers are considered a permanent restoration. You’ll first have a consultation to determine if bonding is the best choice for your needs. Dr. Khanna will talk to you about your budget, dental problems, and goals, and perform a thorough oral exam.
If dental bonding is the best choice for you, it can usually be done in one appointment at our office. We may have to schedule multiple visits if you have multiple teeth that need to be bonded. It usually takes around 30-60 minutes to bond one tooth. Tooth bonding uses a malleable cosmetic resin that’s color-matched to the shade you desire.
The resin is then molded to the shape of the tooth. It can cover the entire thing if you want to care for a discolored or misshapen tooth. If a piece of your tooth is missing, it can be molded to replace that missing tooth. Once the dentist is done molding the resin, you check to see if you’re satisfied with the results. Any adjustments will be made to your liking.
When the resin meets your expectations, it’ll be cured with a special light. The light hardens the resin so that it’s a stable surface that you can use as your natural tooth. When it’s properly cured, Dr. Khanna will polish it so that it matches the sheen of the rest of your natural teeth.
Why Choose Teeth Bonding?
Tooth bonding is one of the easiest treatments to be eligible. Because it’s technically temporary, and we can remove it anytime, it’s something that even children can get. But it also is durable enough to last for years, so it’s still a solid restoration choice. Bonding is one of the most affordable options, too. All of these things make it a great choice for many patients.
Dental bonding can also treat just about everything that porcelain veneers can treat. If you’re thinking about getting veneers but aren’t sure, bonding can be done before so you can get an idea of what they would look like. They also work if you’re not ready to commit to a permanent restoration. If you like the results and you decide you want to get veneers, we can easily remove the bonding material and fit you for veneers.
You don’t need to remove a large amount of tooth structure to make room for the bonding material. With veneers, you get more tooth structure removed and you have to have a restoration on those teeth for the rest of your life. This isn’t a worry with dental bonding. It takes only one appointment to recieve dental bonding treatment in our office.
Teeth Bonding FAQs
What can teeth bonding help with?
Teeth bonding can help patients conceal bleach-resistant stains, chips, minor cracks, and gaps. This procedure is meant only to address minor cosmetic concerns. Major chips or cracks that may impact your smile’s functionality should be addressed with one of our restorative dentistry solutions instead.
Can children benefit from teeth bonding?
Yes, teeth bonding is suitable for children. This minimally invasive procedure will allow us to address minor concerns about your child’s baby teeth as we wait for them to fall out and eventually replace them with permanent teeth.
How long will teeth bonding last?
Teeth bonding will last several years and can be easily reapplied to your dental structures if needed. For a more permanent and comprehensive solution, you may want to consider porcelain veneers as a longer-lasting alternative. Porcelain veneers are thin shells designed to replace the entire front-facing portion of your affected tooth rather than spot-treating it with bonding.
How do I remove stains from the bonding material?
Bonding material doesn’t really respond to traditional whitening techniques. Professional whitening can remove some surface stains but can’t take care of deeper staining. The only way to fully correct stained bonding material is to get the material removed and replaced. We’ll color-match the new material to the shade of white that matches the rest of your smile.
Does dental bonding look natural?
Yes. The bonding material is designed to be biocompatible. It’s also matched to blend in with the color of the rest of your teeth. After the bonding material has hardened on your tooth, it’s polished to match the shine of natural teeth.
Am I a good candidate for dental bonding?
One of the best things about dental bonding is that almost every patient is eligible for this treatment. Since it’s a temporary solution, it’s suitable for children and others that aren’t sure about a permanent solution. It’s also more affordable than many other dental restorations. It takes care of a wide variety of issues as well, making it something that most people can benefit from.
Schedule a Consultation
Is teeth bonding the best choice to take care of your dental needs? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Khanna at our office. Call us or schedule an appointment online!