We always like to make an impression with that bright smile. However, cracked or chipped teeth can make you self-conscious. With advancements in technology, there are options available to treat those chipped teeth. Cosmetic bonding is a procedure in which teeth-colored resin is applied on the visible surface of the teeth to improve your smile. As dental bonding is a painless procedure, it does not require anesthesia.
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
The procedure of cosmetic bonding at Fisher & Orfaly Dental is as follows:
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 the 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 resin is applied, molded to the desired shape, and smoothened. Then the resin hardened using a special light- usually blue light or laser. Once the 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 bonding per tooth.
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.
Least amount of enamel is removed for this procedure.
It 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. 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 are able to 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.
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.
If the bonding 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.