Refine Your Smile with Dental Bonding

If you are dissatisfied with a chipped or misshaped tooth, but are hesitant to consider a costly cosmetic procedure, Dr. John Rink provides dental bonding at his Charleston, SC, practice. Dental bonding is an easy, quick, and cost-effective way to touch-up minor tooth imperfections. Schedule your personal consultation today to learn how the skilled team at Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry can dramatically improve your smile with dental bonding. 

Chipped tooth in need of dental bonding.

Dental Bonding Basics

Dental bonding involves using a putty-like resin to correct or repair small cosmetic concerns. Bonding can improve the appearance of discolored enamel, repair chipped or cracked teeth, close spaces between teeth, lengthen teeth, change tooth shape, and protect exposed portions of tooth roots. Anyone who is interested in minor cosmetic touch-ups can usually qualify for the procedure.

Unlike crowns or veneers, dental bonding does not have to be fabricated and customized at an off-site lab. The material can be applied and molded in the office during one visit. 

In some cases, dental bonding can be used as a temporary correction or be substituted as a cosmetic alternative for amalgam fillings. Since it is not quite as durable as other options, it is usually recommended for areas of low bite pressure, such as on the front teeth.

What to Expect during Your Procedure

Applying dental bonding is a straightforward procedure, typically taking about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. Bonding requires very little preparation. Unless it is used as a dental filling, patients do not require anesthesia. Dr. Rink will use a shade guide to select the resin that most closely matches the color of your tooth.

To ensure that the material securely adheres to the tooth, Dr. Rink first roughens the surface of your tooth and applies a coat of conditioning liquid. The bonding is then applied to the tooth, where it is carefully molded and smoothed to the desired shape. Dr. Rink uses an ultraviolet light or laser to harden the resin. Lastly, he trims, shapes, and polishes the material until it precisely matches the sheen and texture of the tooth surface.

Benefits of Dental Bonding

As a cosmetic treatment, dental bonding offers a number of distinct benefits:

  • No follow-up: Once applied, the material does not require any special care. Patients can simply continue to practice good oral hygiene to maintain the bonding. However, too much pressure can damage the material, so patients should avoid biting their fingernails or chewing on ice.
  • Affordability: Unlike crowns or veneers, dental bonding does not have to be fabricated and customized at an off-site lab. The material can be applied and molded in one visit to the office. Consequently, bonding is one of the easiest and most affordable cosmetic procedures available.
  • Anesthesia-free: Unless the dental bonding is being used as a way to place a dental filling, no enamel is removed and numbing is not required to apply the material.
  • Conservative treatment: A tooth that is being bonded does not need to be shaped or shaved to accommodate the bonding material. Dental bonding is a very conservative treatment, with little preparation necessary.

Enhance Your Smile Today

With a patient-centered approach, Dr. Rink and his staff take extra measures to ensure that patients understand what they can expect from their dental procedure. To learn more about dental bonding and how it can refine minor cosmetic blemishes, contact us today

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