Dental Bonding: Most Common Questions

Dental bonding is a popular type of cosmetic dentistry procedure that can improve your smile and give you an enhanced look.

If you’re interested in getting this procedure, check out these 5 most common questions about dental bonding and learn if it’s right for you:

1. Will Dental Bonding Damage My Teeth? 

Dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure that will not change the natural structure, strength, or function of your teeth. Sometimes it does require minimal enamel shaving, but the amount is very small and doesn’t result in any unwanted side effects.

Moreover, dental bonding is reversible, so if you change your mind and want to go back to your natural smile, you can absolutely do that.

2. Will Dental Bonding Hurt?

The procedure is very simple and doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort. A dentist will apply a resin material to your teeth, shape it, and harden it with a special light. That’s it!

3. What Cosmetic Issues Can Dental Bonding Fix? 

Dental bonding is a very versatile cosmetic procedure that can successfully fix:

  • Tooth staining
  • Minor chips or cracks
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen or irregularly sized teeth, etc. 

To learn if dental bonding is the right procedure to address your dental cosmetic problems, you can see Dr. Navaneetha Brindha Natchimuthu for a short consultation.

4. How Long Does Dental Bonding Last? 

Dental bonding isn’t a permanent procedure. The material can last around 3-5 years before it needs retouching or replacing, though, with the right maintenance, its lifespan may be extended to as long as 10 years.

Caring for dental bonding involves good oral hygiene with daily brushing and flossing and some minor changes to your lifestyle:

  • Not smoking or using tobacco products
  • Not chewing on hard objects or opening packages with your teeth
  • Being mindful when consuming highly staining foods and drinks like coffee or tomato sauces
  • Getting a mouthguard to protect your teeth from grinding
  • Reducing the amounts of hard foods you eat, such as nuts or crackers, etc.

5. What Are the Drawbacks of Dental Bonding? 

Dental bonding is a great option for patients to improve the look of their smile, but it’s not perfect.

First, the material is not stain-resistant, so patients need to be careful when consuming staining foods and drinks. Over time, dental bonding can develop stains that create an uneven smile.

Moreover, bonding is not the strongest material. It can chip and crack over time, especially if you regularly snack on hard foods or use your teeth to open cans or packages.

Find Out If Dental Bonding Is Right for You 

Dr. Navaneetha Brindha Natchimuthu can help you learn more about dental bonding and determine if it’s the right solution to improve your smile’s appearance. 

Take the first step toward your new stunning smile and request a visit to West Allen Dental, or call us at (469) 242-9500.

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