We always like to make an impression with that bright smile. A healthy and beautiful smile is an incredible confidence booster and makes an excellent first impression. However, cracked or chipped teeth can make you self-conscious. With advancements in technology, there are options available to treat such issues. One of the best solutions is dental bonding or composite resin bonding.
Teeth bonding can be used to fix chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth. Teeth bonding for gaps between teeth and other such minor issues is also very common. You can easily Google “tooth bonding before and after” or “dental bonding before and after” to see the effectiveness of dental bonding treatment. At Fisher & Orfaly, dental bonding can be done to alter and improve the appearance of your teeth.
Dental bonding, also known as cosmetic bonding or teeth bonding, is a cosmetic dental procedure in which teeth-colored composite resin is applied on the visible surface of the teeth to improve your smile.
Dental bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike dental crowns treatment or dental veneers treatment, dental bonding treatment can be completed in a single visit. This is because dental crowns and dental veneers need to be customized and made in a dental lab, while the composite resin used in bonding can be prepared at the dental clinic itself. That is why dental bonding is also called composite resin bonding. The dental bonding treatment may require more than one appointment if several teeth are involved. As dental bonding is a painless procedure, it does not require anesthesia, unless dental bonding is done to fill in a cavity.
Dental bonding is used for various purposes like:
Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
Improving the appearance of discolored teeth
Closing spaces between teeth
Making teeth look longer
Changing the shape of teeth
Typically our dentists can use dental bonding to improve the appearance of your smile in just a short time. Often patients can leave the office and see an improved smile in just one visit.
When compared to other cosmetic dental procedures, the least amount of enamel is removed for the dental bonding procedure.
Dental bonding treatment is the least expensive and one of the most convenient treatments for improving your smile.
Dental bonding provides patients with a variety of cosmetic benefits. Composite bonding can repair a broken or chipped tooth, or close gaps between teeth without the need for lengthy orthodontic treatments.
Dental bonding can also be altered, repaired, and fixed over time if you ever experience any issues.
At Fisher & Orfaly Dental, patients can choose a more permanent cosmetic restoration in the future. We will advise you on the best cosmetic bonding for any breakage or damage you’re currently experiencing.
The procedure of cosmetic bonding or composite resin bonding at Fisher & Orfaly Dental is as follows:
Preparation: This stage involves choosing a composite resin color that’s as close as possible to the color of your tooth. Dr. Orfaly will use a chart to make sure the color choice is correct. Little time is needed for preparation. Anesthesia is often not required unless dental bonding is being done for filling cavities.
The bonding process: Dr. Orfaly will roughen up the surface and apply a conditioning liquid. This procedure helps the bonding material to adhere to the tooth. Now the composite resin is applied, molded to the desired shape, and smoothened. Then the composite resin is hardened using a special light- usually blue light or laser. Once the composite resin hardens, Dr. Orfaly will trim it to sharpen the resin and then polish it to make it look like your natural teeth.
Duration of the treatment: It takes about 30-60 minutes for composite resin bonding per tooth.
Dr. Orfaly has analyzed his patients’ frequently asked questions over the years. He, along with his team has set up a list of guidelines to care for your dental bondings so they last long:
Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily
Avoiding super hard foods and candy
Not biting your nails
Avoiding coffee, tea, tobacco after the first few days of the treatment
Scheduling dental cleanings after every 6 months.
The lifespan of composite resin bonding for the teeth ranges from 3 to 10 years before requiring any touch-ups or changes. Maintaining good oral habits is essential to maintain dental bonding. By also avoiding certain bad habits, tooth bonding can last a long time.
Composite resin bonding is strong, but it is not as strong as natural teeth and some habits can shorten their lifespan. For example, biting down too hard or chewing on ice and non-food items like pens or nails may cause the dental bonding to break. Habits like smoking or drinking dark beverages like coffee or red wine may stain the composite resin bonding. Teeth grinding or bruxism may also reduce the lifespan of the dental bonding.
Book an appointment immediately if you accidentally chip or break the composite resin bonding, or if you feel any sharp or rough edges after the procedure.
Dental bonding cost or teeth bonding cost depends on the following factors:
The extent of dental bonding treatment: The composite bonding cost for several teeth will be more expensive than the composite bonding cost for a single tooth. The size of the treatment area on the tooth also affects the teeth bonding cost.
The skill of the dentist: Teeth bonding cost may be higher when the procedure is done by a skilled and experienced dentist. It is worth the higher dental bonding cost because it ensures that the dental bonding treatment is done effectively. A skilled dentist will help you achieve your best smile.
The total teeth bonding cost or dental bonding cost will be determined by the dentist after carefully examining your teeth during the appointment and making a dental bonding treatment plan based on the severity of your case. The reason why dental bonding is such a popular procedure is that it is a very inexpensive, yet safe and effective cosmetic dental procedure. The results of dental bonding can be seen almost immediately.
If the dental bonding treatment is done for cosmetic purposes, it will not be covered by insurance. However, if there is any health concern associated with getting dental bondings, the cost may get covered depending on your dental insurance plan.
Coming to Dr Orfaly is The best decision I could have made. I didn’t have a dentist for years and they saw me when I had an emergency. Now I am getting all of my dental work here, perfect caps, bridges and hygiene. I highly recommend Dr Orfaly and his staff.
After having a negative experience with a filling with a past dentist, I was nervous to go to a new dentist with tooth pain. Dr. Orfaly and team were very understanding and knowledgable when walking me through my options for a cracked tooth. 10/10 would recommend due to their professionalism, attention to detail, and level of care. Thanks team!
Dr Orfaly is the best dentist around! I have alot of anxiety around going to the dentist & Dr Orfaly always makes sure to check in to see how I'm doing & is so nice. If a referral is needed to a specialist, he makes the call for you & gets you an appt quickly (mine was even the same day) I love how they book you with the same dental hygienist for all cleanings.. Adds another level of comfort... Shoutout to mine, Kathy!
Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.