Dental Bonding in Scottsdale, AZ
If you want to correct some minor tooth imperfections without spending a lot of time in the dental chair, dental bonding might be a great option for you. Dental bonding is a quick and cost-effective treatment to cover up superficial imperfections of the teeth and create a more beautiful, uniform smile. The cosmetic dentistry treatment involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin material to a damaged or imperfect tooth to reshape it and cover up flaws. Dental bonding is available with Dr. Ann Sielicki of Sonoran Dental Design.
Who Can Benefit from Dental Bonding?
You may benefit from dental bonding if you would like to improve the appearance of the following:
- A stained or discolored tooth
- A slightly chipped or cracked tooth
- Spaces or gaps between the teeth
- An abnormally short or irregularly sized/shaped tooth
- Uneven tooth edges
How Dental Bonding Works
First, Dr. Sielicki uses a shade guide to pick out the composite resin color that most closely matches the color of your natural teeth. She will lightly etch the surface of the tooth or teeth being bonded to roughen the enamel so the bonding material strongly adheres to it. Next, she applies the composite resin material to the tooth, molding and shaping it as needed. Dr. Sielicki uses a laser or ultraviolet light to harden the bonding material. She can trim and shape it until she is happy with the result. To finish, Dr. Sielicki polishes the bonding so it looks translucent, like natural, healthy tooth enamel.
You can expect bonding treatment to take approximately 30 minutes to an hour.
Advantages of Dental Bonding
As mentioned, dental bonding is a quick procedure that can normally be completed in a single appointment. Unlike veneers or crowns, which must be constructed in a dental laboratory and require several visits to plan and place, you do not need to plan multiple visits to your dentist for bonding treatment. Another benefit of dental bonding is that it does not require a significant amount of tooth structure to be removed. And, anesthesia is usually not needed for dental bonding treatment.
Dental Bonding FAQs
How long does dental bonding last?
The results of dental bonding can last anywhere from 3 to 10 years before it needs to be replaced or retouched.
How should I care for my bonded teeth?
Bonded teeth do not require any special care or maintenance. You should brush and floss them just like you would your natural teeth. Avoid biting down on any hard objects with bonded teeth or using them to open anything. If you know you grind your teeth, get fitted for a special night guard to protect your bonded teeth. Be sure to see your dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam.
Are there any risks?
Dental bonding is very safe. However, there is the risk that the bonding material might chip or break off the tooth, particularly if the bonded tooth bites down on a hard object.
When is dental bonding not recommended?
Dental bonding is not recommended for teeth that are badly damaged or decayed, or teeth with significant spacing problems. Other restorative dentistry options are likely a better choice.
Contact Our Talented Cosmetic Dentist
If you are ready to beautify your smile with dental bonding, Dr. Sielicki invites you to schedule a consultation at her Scottsdale cosmetic dentistry practice. Call or email us today to request an appointment!
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily