Dental bonds have become an increasingly popular alternative to procedures such as veneers and crowns. Our experienced team at Peninsula Family Dentistry is happy to discuss your dental bond or other cosmetic options available at our Gig Harbor, Washington, practice–giving you the smile you desire.
Why might dental bonds be a great choice for you?
What are dental bonds?
Dental bonds are an effective way to restore chipped, broken, discolored or crooked teeth. The procedure involves applying a tooth-colored resin to your teeth and shaping it to match the surrounding ones. The resin is then activated or ‘cured’ to become hardened and polished.
What are dental bonds used for? At Peninsula Family Dentistry, most of our dental work already involves bonding during restorative procedures such as filling cavities or repairing chips. Dr. Duffy’s patients appreciate his artistic techniques when fixing any tooth.
Usually, when people consider dental bonds, they want something attractive to fix minor cosmetic issues on small areas of teeth which:
- Have gaps between them
- Are discolored
- Have cavities
- Are crooked, chipped or broken
What are the advantages of dental bonds?
- Time efficient—they are generally quicker and less expensive than traditional veneers and crowns
- Applied in one appointment—virtually all dental bonding treatments can be completed in one visit. There are no temporaries needed or waiting for lab technicians to create fittings or crowns
- Easily repaired—if the dental bonds become damaged or chipped, they are very easy to repair
- Cost less—dental bonds cost substantially less than other restorative procedures
When should you get dental bonds?
As dental bonds are designed to correct minor cosmetic issues, it’s important that you have any other issues with your teeth or gums corrected first. This will give your dental bonds the very best chance of looking their best for a long time. Moreover, each case needs to be thoughtfully considered to guard against recurring chips and repairs.
How long do dental bonds last?
There are a number of factors that will affect the lifespan of a dental bond including lifestyle (such as high stress or smoking), clenching or grinding tendencies, oral hygiene, and to which teeth the bonds are applied. In general, a well-cared-for dental bond will last around to five years.
There is generally no need for a follow-up visit regarding your dental bonds but if you want to maintain your new smile, then you really need to keep on top of your oral hygiene routine and minimize extra forces on those front teeth This includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once.
Make sure that you are visiting the dentist regularly too. If you are planning on whitening your teeth, you will want to have this done before you get dental bonds as the color is matched to your existing teeth and cannot be whitened by bleaching solutions.
If you are in the Gig Harbor, Washington area and are interested in dental bonds, contact our team today for a discussion about your needs and how we can help you get your beautiful smile restored.