If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, we offer many cosmetic dentistry treatments to help you attain a beautiful smile. With some treatments being costly and time-consuming, tooth bonding is our most affordable and effective solution to many dental concerns. This cosmetic treatment can transform your smile in a single visit. Dr. David Weinstock is a talented cosmetic dentist that offers tooth bonding in Philadelphia, PA.
About Tooth Bonding in Philadelphia, PA
Not many people consider tooth bonding to be a good treatment for cosmetic issues, but the truth is it is a quick and simple process that can correct the issues you have with your smile. Dr. Weinstock uses bonding to treat:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps in between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Teeth that are too small
Tooth bonding is an alternative to porcelain veneers except it is much more affordable. Dental veneers are permanent ultra thin shells that your dentist secure to the front of your tooth hiding almost any imperfection. A dental technician will make them in a dental lab from impressions of your teeth. They are a permanent restoration since your dentist will need to reduce your tooth structure to create room for them.
Dental bonding, however, is not considered as permanent as teeth veneers but still provides patients with a way to restore the aesthetics of their smile and treat minor cosmetic dental concerns. Dr. David Weinstock uses the most modern dental materials and his natural artistic abilities to provide natural results that blend seamlessly with your beautiful and healthy smile.
The Tooth Bonding Process
Your dentist can complete the tooth bonding procedure in a single visit to our Philadelphia dentist office. It is a fairly easy treatment to perform when compared to other dental restorations. It should only take about thirty to forty minutes to complete. You will be able to enjoy instant results in just a single visit with almost no downtime and anesthesia is not even needed.
Dr. Weinstock will make sure the shade of your bonding material will blend in with the rest of your smile. He will color match the enamel-like material to your natural teeth by using an accurate shade guide.
First, Dr. Weinstock will prepare the tooth for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and then he will apply a liquid that will help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. Once the liquid sets, he will apply a plastic resin and sculpt it into the desired shape. Once set, Dr. Weinstock will trim, smooth, and polish the resin for a natural appearance.
Tooth bonding can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel or veneers, it is more likely to stain, chip, or break. Because of this, you should take extra steps to protect those teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before the need for repair.
Tooth Bonding FAQs
To learn more about tooth bonding, please read through our frequently asked questions section. Contact our office if you would like to book a consultation.
Can dental bonding fix gaps?
You can use dental bonding to close gaps between teeth. It is an effective method to fix small gaps between teeth. Using bonding, dentists can disguise and close gaps to make it appear as though there never was one.
Is tooth bonding permanent?
Teeth bonding is not a lifelong permanent decision, but it is a semi-permanent one. Bonds tend to last 10 years or longer. Their lifespan depends on the position in your mouth of the bond, one’s oral care, and diet. Keeping up with one’s oral care and being careful with the foods that you eat can help extend the life of your bond.
Does tooth bonding fix cavities?
Tooth bonding can fix a variety of tooth problems, from cavities, to broken and chipped teeth, to gaps between teeth. If you are experiencing any of these issues ask your dentist if bonding may be a good procedure for you. Bonding can not only fix your dental problems, it can fix the overall appearance of your smile.
How long will dental bonding last?
Dental bonding typically lasts around 3 to 10 years. However, its durability depends on factors like oral hygiene habits, bite forces, and lifestyle habits. Bonded teeth can chip or stain over time if precautions are not taken. When this happens, they may require occasional touch-ups or replacements. Regular dental check-ups and proper care can extend the lifespan of dental bonding.
Can dental bonding be used on the front teeth?
Yes, Dr. Weinstock can use dental bonding to improve the appearance of your front teeth. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is often used on the front teeth when patients are not ready to commit to permanent restorations. However, we will need to examine your teeth to make sure this is the right treatment for your particular case and goals.
Can bonded teeth be whitened?
Dental bonding material will not respond to whitening treatments the same way natural tooth enamel does. If you want to whiten your teeth, it is best to have this done before having your teeth bonded. Then your dentist can match your bonding material to the new shade of your smile. If you want to whiten your smile after you have received treatment, please consult with your dentist.
Schedule a Dental Exam with our Dentist in Philadelphia, PA
To learn more about tooth bonding treatment and other cosmetic dentistry options, schedule an appointment online with Dr. Weinstock. He will discuss with you the concerns you have with your smile. As a highly respected and experienced cosmetic dentist, he will be able to recommend the proper treatment to help you reach your goals. Dr. Weinstock offers a full range of dental services for other common dental problems you may be experiencing.