Teeth Bonding Sandy Springs, GA

Tooth Bonding An Overview

Tooth bonding can be a quick and economical option to address minor cosmetic concerns or to repair teeth that are chipped, cracked, or damaged. This cosmetic procedure can be completed in our Sandy Springs dentist office, often during a single visit, without needing a numbing agent or local anesthetic.

Similar to composite veneers, dental bonding is a temporary solution that can take care of the same problems as porcelain veneers. This means it’s safe for children and mouths that aren’t done growing yet. It’s completely removable if you decide that you want to reverse the restoration or want to commit to something more permanent.

Though bonding is temporary, it still has a long life, especially if you take diligent care of your oral health. Depending on the circumstances, it can last anywhere from three to ten years. It can vary based on how much bonding material is used and the location of the teeth that it’s used on. Taking good care of your oral health can help it last as long as possible.

Unlike porcelain veneers, you don’t need to permanently have a restoration there after bonding. Porcelain veneers require a significant amount of tooth structure to be removed. This isn’t the case with dental bonding.

Real Results, Tooth Bonding

before and after photos of tooth bonding for gaps between front teeth

second before and after photos of tooth bonding for gaps between front teeth

Tooth Bonding What to Expect

Cosmetic tooth bonding is the same process as a resin composite dental filling. Dr. Patel will apply a tooth-colored resin directly to the tooth, sculpt it into the desired shape, and cure the material with a special light. You need little to no tooth preparation!  Your cosmetic dentist can complete this procedure in a single dental visit.

What Can Tooth Bonding Do?

    • Close spaces between teeth
    • Repair minor chips or cracks on teeth
    • Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
    • Fill tooth cavities

Tooth Bonding FAQs

How long will dental bonding last?

You can expect most tooth bonding to last five years or more with proper care and maintenance. The lifespan will depend on how well you practice excellent oral health habits. Avoiding hard, crunchy foods and ice and using a nightguard can also minimize damage or unnecessary wear.

How much does tooth bonding cost?

Dental bonding is a relatively affordable procedure, similar in cost to a dental filling. Although commonly covered by dental insurance, it is always best to determine your benefits before your treatment.

Does tooth bonding fix cavities?

Yes, tooth bonding addresses tooth decay and simultaneously enhances the tooth’s appearance. Tooth bonding can change a tooth’s shape, size, and color.

Am I a good candidate for dental bonding?

One of the best things about dental bonding is that it’s a restoration almost anyone is eligible for. It’s temporary, so it can be used for children. It’s quick and cost-effective, making it an ideal choice for those on a budget. We’ll do a thorough oral examination just to ensure that you’re eligible for the procedure.

What can't I do after the bonding procedure?

Wait around 30 minutes to an hour after your appointment to eat or drink anything but water. We cure the bonding material with a light so that it hardens. But we want to ensure that it doesn’t stain or break when it’s still fully curing. Avoid biting down or chewing on any extremely hard foods, even after that time period has passed.

Will my dental bonding break?

Dental bonding material is strong, but it isn’t quite as strong as your natural teeth. Avoid biting down on anything directly with your bonded tooth. If you’re chewing on a pen absentmindedly, it can easily break or chip the bonding material. However, it is designed to hold up to the normal wear and tear of life.

Can I whiten my bonded tooth?

Bonding material doesn’t respond to traditional teeth whitening techniques. You can’t lighten the bonding material as you would your natural tooth. But since the material is removable, it can always be replaced with a different shade. If you whiten the rest of your teeth, we can color-match the bonding material to the shade of white your teeth are now.