Bonding is a viable cosmetic dentistry procedure provided by Dr. Mary Gregory, your Arlington, VA dentist. This procedure is used in order to repair the tooth’s surface and/or structure. Bonding uses an enamel-like material that is applied directly to the tooth’s surface and sculpted to an ideal shape. From there, it is hardened and polished. The procedure itself typically takes just one visit.
More about Bonding
Bonding is usually performed to fill in gaps, change the color of teeth or to repair chips or cracks in the teeth. The results can last for years. Bonded teeth are cared for just like natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Our Arlington dentist, Dr. Gregory, can teach patients a viable oral hygiene routine that works.
Before the bonding procedure starts, the surface of the teeth is cleaned and etched with a gel that opens the pores that allows the bonding material to work better. This gel is then rinsed off before any of the composite resin material is painted on the surface of the teeth. A curing light is used to harden the material and then the teeth are polished to finish the procedure.
Bonding can be more susceptible to staining or chipping than veneers. Bonded composite resin is the most durable bonding option out there. Bonding can even be used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities or severely chipped or broken teeth throughout the mouth. Bonding can be used to change the color or shape of the teeth or to close spaces between the teeth. For instances that bonding may not be as successful, your dentist may recommend a dental crown.
For more information on bonding and if you’re a viable candidate for this procedure, contact Dr. Gregory, your Arlington, VA dentist today by calling 703-527-6495.
By Dr. Mary Gregory
July 11, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Mary E. Gregory, D.D.S. - Family & Children's Dentistry
4500 Old Dominion Dr Arlington, VA 22207-3312