Tooth Bonding

tooth bondingServing Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

Tooth bonding also referred to as dental bonding, can cosmetically improve the appearance of a decayed, chipped, fractured, or discolored tooth. Tooth bonding is used in minor cosmetic procedures to create your perfect smile. This procedure is a quicker option to porcelain veneers. With porcelain veneers, the process of creating the desired tooth happens in a laboratory and may require multiple visits, whereas tooth bonding is an in-office procedure that can be completed in one visit. Devine Dentistry uses revolutionary materials and techniques to ensure that your experience and treatment offers the best results in creating a natural look.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding uses a revolutionary material consisting of a resin mixed with either a glass or quartz filler. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Devine permanently bonds the material to your tooth, resulting in a completely natural look. The material can be matched to your natural tooth color, or a lighter shade can be chosen if you desire a whiter look such as with composite veneers.

When is tooth bonding the best option?

  • To improve appearance of a tooth that is discolored
  • If teeth need lengthening
  • To reshape a tooth
  • To repair sensitive teeth (from gum recession)
  • To repair large gaps between teeth
  • If a tooth has been chipped, cracked, or decayed
  • To permanently hide discolored teeth

Dental bonding procedure

The total length of the procedure will depend on how many teeth you have treated. In some cases, you can undergo dental bonding on your lunch break! Other cases may require a lengthier treatment.

Anesthesia may or may not be needed depending on how much tooth preparation is needed. The resin color will be chosen to match the tooth.

In the first step, the bonding process will begin. The tooth will need to be slightly roughened, and then a conditioning liquid is applied, which will help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The resin will then be applied and molded to give your tooth a natural look. A special curing light will harden the material. Once the material is hardened, cosmetic dentist Dr. Devine will contour and smooth the tooth to perfection.

What are the advantages of tooth bonding?

  • Cost-effective
  • Can be completed in one visit
  • No need for a dental lab
  • Anesthesia usually not required for cosmetic uses of dental bonding

Will bonded teeth require special care?

Here is the great news! You do not need to treat your bonded tooth any differently than your other teeth. Of course, we want you to practice good oral hygiene with routine cleanings, daily flossing, and brushing at least twice a day.

To protect your dental bonding, as well as the health of your other teeth, avoid:

  • Chewing on pens, ice or hard food objects
  • Opening objects with your teeth
  • Biting your fingernails 

How long will tooth bonding last?

This is hard to estimate but can be based on your oral habits. Meaning, if you are someone who has those pesky habits mentioned before, this could shorten the lifetime of your dental bonding. In a typical situation, bonding materials can last upwards of ten years.

Dental Bonding in Nashville

The first step in any oral procedure is speaking honestly to your dentist. Let your dentist know your pesky habits, what result you are looking for and your smile concerns. Devine Dentistry is here to address any concerns you may have while suggesting the best route to your perfect smile.

Here at Devine Dentistry, we pride ourselves on four things: exceptional care, a friendly team, a happy environment, and patient education. Devine Dentistry proudly serves the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville, Tennessee. Feel free to call us at (615) 269-4209 to schedule your next consultation.