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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 we can dramatically improve your smile with dental bonding.

What is dental bonding?

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. Virtually anyone who is interested in minor cosmetic touch-ups can 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 are the advantages 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.

Why choose Dr. Rink in Charleston for teeth bonding?

Dr. Rank provides a practice that is dedicated and focused on the client, delivering an outstanding, luxury experience free from discomfort and anxiety. Our innovative office features 3D movies, noise canceling headphones, calming essential oils and warm towels, just to name a few of our amenities. We work with the most advanced cutting edge technology that helps reduce treatment time and ensures long-lasting results. 

From stunning restoration work with porcelain veneers, bridges, implants, crowns and other prosthetics to teeth whitening, TMJ treatment and full mouth restoration, the Charleston Center for Cosmetic Dentistry caters to patients seeking top-tier dental services in a spa-like environment.

What can I expect from my 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.

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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