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Direct Bonding – Newtown, PA

Correcting Multiple Smile Flaws at Once

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It’s hard to feel confident in your smile when your teeth are stained, chipped, stubby, or gapped. It can make smiling in public an embarrassment, so much so that you might develop a habit of covering your mouth when you laugh. To save yourself the pain, why not correct multiple smile flaws at once with direct tooth bonding in Newtown? Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and read more about dental bonding below.

What Is Direct Bonding?

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Direct bonding, also known as dental bonding, is a cosmetic procedure wherein one of our dentists will apply a tooth-colored composite resin material to your problem tooth. This material is quite malleable when first applied, so we will use it to sculpt your tooth into the most desirable shape possible. Finally, using a special curing light, the material is hardened and voila! Your smile looks good as new!

What Is Dental Bonding Used For?

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Although dental bonding can be used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by a cavity, it also has several cosmetic uses, such as:

What to Expect During Your Bonding Appointment

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Before we even start preparing your teeth, we’ll first figure out what color the bonding material needs to be by looking closely at your existing teeth. If you’re getting bonding for whitening purposes, we can do so in a way that makes the surrounding teeth look brighter as well. Then, we will apply a bonding agent that allows our highly malleable composite resin to stick to your teeth. We will artfully sculpt the putty-like substance into the shape it needs to be. Finally, we will use a curing light to harden the material. The entire process should only take 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.

Recovery and Aftercare Tips

After direct tooth bonding in Newtown, you can typically resume your normal life right away. Because the procedure is completely painless, you won’t have to worry about any lingering soreness as you might with other restorative procedures like crowns. Keep in mind, however, that bonding material is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel. Therefore, it’s more prone to chipping or separating from your tooth. This can be avoided by wearing a mouthguard during sports, staying away from chewing hard candy or ice, and not using your teeth as tools to open packing or hold things.

Bonding is also more susceptible to staining than regular enamel. For this reason, it’s a good idea to avoid staining items like tea, coffee, and tobacco for the first day or two after your bonding appointment. Other than that, you can take care of your bonded teeth like you would unbonded teeth: brush and floss every day, and visit us twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings.

Dental Bonding FAQs

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Dental bonding in Newtown is an incredibly versatile procedure that can be used to address a variety of cosmetic dental imperfections. Our dental team believes that you should be as well-informed as possible before going through with a dental procedure. For this reason, we’ve included this section with the answers to some frequently asked questions about dental bonding. If you still have questions after reading through this page, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!

Why Is Dental Bonding So Popular?

Compared to many other cosmetic dentistry treatments, dental bonding is relatively simple and easy. The whole procedure generally takes an hour or less per tooth. It also requires less enamel removal than many other services, such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Lastly, bonding is often more affordable than alternative options.

Will People Be Able to Tell That I Got Bonding Done?

Not at all! The composite resin material that is used in dental bonding comes in a wide variety of colors. Your dentist in Newtown can use a shade guide to determine the exact hue that needs to be used in order for the resin to blend in with the rest of your smile. Your results will look so natural that no one outside of our dental team should be able to notice that you ever had bonding done!

How Long Will My Results Last?

Provided you take excellent care of your teeth, you can trust the results of your dental bonding to last up to 10 years. Of course, the lifespan of your treatment will also depend on where in the mouth the resin was placed. Teeth toward the back of the mouth are exposed to greater chewing forces, so they might be worn down more quickly.

Will Bonding Damage My Teeth?

Dental bonding should not harm your teeth in any way. Over the years, the bonding material may become faded or chipped, but this does not affect the underlying enamel. It may, however, leave some sections of the tooth more vulnerable as the composite resin wears down, but you can always give us a call to see whether your tooth needs a touch-up.

How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?

Because dental bonding can be completed in a single appointment without the need for communication with an outside dental lab, it’s considered one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry services we have available. The price varies depending on a few factors, such as how many and which teeth are being treated, your specific smile flaws, and your level of insurance coverage. While bonding is often considered a cosmetic procedure, you may qualify for coverage if you’re using it to fix a structural problem like a chipped tooth. Our practice accepts most dental insurance plans and can also help you finance your treatment through CareCredit.

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