Tooth bonding is the process of making a tooth-colored resin and applying it over the surface of your existing tooth to make it better blend in with the rest of your smile. Dr. Wingate can provide tooth bonding services to meet the cosmetic and restorative needs of many of our patients.
If you suffer from chipped, discolored, or misshapen teeth, our tooth bonding services can relieve you of these minor cosmetic concerns. While this is not a permanent solution to any dental damage, tooth bonding is a quick and cost-effective way to restore the appearance of your smile until more in-depth services are needed. Many of our patients find that the bonding resin lasts them several years, depending on their oral hygiene habits. This makes tooth bonding especially helpful to our younger patients whose teeth are still developing and are looking to prolong the need for more invasive services.
Tooth Bonding: What to Expect
Tooth bonding at Garner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is a straightforward procedure. Dr. Wingate starts by creating a custom resin material that matches the color of your tooth. Then, your tooth will be etched or roughened slightly to help the bonding material adhere more thoroughly to your existing tooth. Afterward, the resin will be applied to the roughened portion of your existing tooth and bonded with an ultraviolet light—similar to our dental fillings process. Dr. Wingate will then file and polish the bonded resin to best match the intended shape of your tooth and ensure that it does not affect your regular bite patterns.
Tooth Bonding Aftercare
After your tooth bonding appointment, be sure to avoid anything that could potentially stain the new resin for at least 48 hours. We specifically suggest avoiding:
- Red Wine
- Fruit Juice
- Tomato-based sauces
- Cigarette Smoke
Additionally, we recommend continuing to brush your teeth often and schedule regular cleanings to maintain the desired cosmetic appearance. If you notice any issues with your bite immediately following your tooth bonding appointment, feel free to reach out to us again, and we will gladly take another look!