Cracked or chipped teeth can make biting and chewing uncomfortable. A single stained tooth can change the whole look of your smile. But dental bonding can help. Tooth bonding uses a malleable composite resin that can cover tooth damage and discoloration. Dr. Jerome Cha provides teeth bonding in Tulsa, OK, for patients who want quick, economical treatment.
Tooth bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment that can restore the shape and shade of one or multiple teeth. Dental bonding can also add structure to teeth. Bonding uses composite resin, a mix of plastic and glass, to create a durable yet tooth-like sheen.
What Can Dental Bonding Treat?
Dental bonding can address a multitude of cosmetic dental problems. With tooth bonding treatment, we can treat these cosmetic issues:
- Small gaps between teeth
- Chipped and cracked teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Black triangles
- Stained teeth
- Short teeth
Dental bonding offers efficient treatment and is often a more economical alternative to other cosmetic treatments, including veneers. Patients with deep tooth stains that don’t react to whitening treatment or damage to one or more teeth benefit from bonding. Bonding can also help cover exposed tooth roots after gum recession.
Teeth bonding offers many advantages to patients, including:
- Brighter and whiter-looking teeth
- Even bites
- Straighter-looking teeth
- Stronger teeth
Bonding is minimally invasive yet can change your tooth shape, size, and shade. We can complete teeth bonding treatment in one office visit. If you already have a damaged tooth, we can prevent further damage to that tooth and other teeth with bonding. Bonding can add material to the top or bottom of the tooth to create a natural shape.
If you are unsure if more permanent treatments like crowns or veneers are right for you, we may recommend bonding. Bonding may not last as long, but your teeth do not require as much preparation. We minimally prepare each tooth for bonding treatment without changing your tooth’s natural shape. Bonding is easily reversible. If you want to try another cosmetic treatment after the bonding treatment, you can easily do so.
Comparing Teeth Bonding and Dental Veneers
Many patients who want cosmetic treatment may consider bonding versus veneers. These treatments are similar because they can cover one or more teeth. However, they use different materials.
Tooth bonding uses tooth-colored resin to cover single stained teeth, fix small spaces, and add material to chipped teeth. Veneers can use porcelain bonded to the front of teeth. Dental veneers can also cover all teeth that show when you smile. We often recommend veneers over bonding if you want to treat all the teeth in your smile.
However, bondian is an excellent option for a minor cosmetic problem. We can provide teeth bonding treatment in just one visit to our dental office. Veneers can take two office visits.
Dental bonding can last ten or more years, while veneers can last fifteen or more. Although veneers may last longer than dental bonding, veneers are often more expensive than dental bonding because of their materials. Dental veneers are also permanent because we remove a larger portion of the tooth enamel. If you want a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment, bonding may suit you.
Teeth Bonding Treatment in Tulsa, OK
Before bonding treatment, Dr. Cha ensures that you are in good oral health. He can treat problems like tooth decay and gum disease before treatment. Infections can affect the health of your bonded teeth and surrounding gums. Dr. Cha will also help you determine if bonding fits your budget and cosmetic goals.
To begin treatment, Dr. Cha will clean the bonded teeth. He will prepare the tooth by roughening the tooth’s surface. Dr. Cha will apply an acid to the teeth. Dr. Cha may also remove any decayed material from the tooth.
Then, he will apply a conditioning liquid to prepare the tooth. Dr. Cha will use a shade guide to ensure the bonding material will blend in with your treated tooth. He can also brighten your tooth to blend in with your smile.
Then, Dr. Cha will apply the resin material to the prepared tooth. He will mold the material until it is the correct size and shape, ensuring it does not impede your bite. Once he trims, smooths, and polishes the material, Dr. Cha will use a curing light to harden the bonding material.
To complete treatment, Dr. Cha will polish the tooth and make any final adjustments to ensure that the tooth looks as natural as possible. It can take 30 to 60 minutes to treat each tooth.
How to Care for Bonded Teeth
You can brush bonded teeth just like natural teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush bonded teeth. Avoid toothpaste with abrasive ingredients to prevent damaging the bonding. We also recommend avoiding foods and drinks that stain teeth, including coffee, wine, tea, tomato sauce, and berries. Your bonding can discolor over time if you consume these foods and drinks.
Directly biting down on hard and crunchy foods can chip your bonding. We recommend avoiding bad oral health habits like nail biting or using teeth as tools when you receive bonding treatment. Increased pressure on the bonding material can break your bonding material.
Remember to schedule routine dental visits. We can clean your natural and bonded teeth. If you chip or crack your bonding, we can provide repairs in our office. We will examine your natural and bonded teeth during regular exams to ensure they are healthy and intact.
We will recommend professional teeth whitening before bonding if possible. This is because bonding treatment can discolor over time. However, bonding can also cover a discolored tooth due to tooth damage.
Schedule a Dental Appointment Today
Are you looking for a non-invasive treatment to brighten your smile? Do you need to treat a chipped tooth? Call us for teeth bonding in Tulsa, OK, at 918-347-1114. You can also schedule a dental visit online at Hope Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Let us know if you have any questions about teeth bonding treatment. We will help you find the best cosmetic treatment for your smile.