|In light of the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, our practice, City Smiles DC, will follow the American Dental Association (ADA) and Local DC Government guidelines.
Effective 5 PM, March 17, 2020, through April 30, 2020, our office will be closed to elective procedures (hygiene appointments, fillings, etc.). We will reopen at 8 am on May 4, 2020.
At City Smiles DC, we like to give our clients the best possible service and source of knowledge. Bonding is one of those procedures we can assist with. It’s a minimally invasive procedure where a material that is tooth-colored is positioned, then “bonded” and hardened using an LED light.
When executing this procedure, the person’s existing teeth color needs to be taken into account since once the bonding hardens, the color will not change. Thus, if you want your teeth to be whiter, that can always be considered before starting a bonding or any other aesthetic procedure.
Through composite bonding, you’re able to enhance your smile in multiple ways. You can eliminate any spaces between your teeth, fix any chipped or uneven edges, modify a tooth’s shape or angulation, or even cover any imperfections on the enamel, like extremely white or dark areas.
What Does the Procedure Entail?
To begin, we will analyze your teeth then condition their existing enamel using something known as an etching agent. This must be done in a controlled environment so your mouth will need to be open since saliva will end up contaminating the procedure.
Afterward, we use a dental primer and a bond that will be applied and cured using light. This is when we begin to apply the composite materials.
Most of this process relies on free-hand placement, so this requires careful attention to detail, skill, and patience. You most likely won’t need anesthesia or any rest after this procedure since it’s non-invasive. Moreover, once the material has hardened, we begin to sculpt the needed shape, check your bite and then polish them.
The benefit of not needing anesthesia is that you will be able to continue with your life as usual after leaving the office. It’s simple and consequence-free.
Are There Any Disadvantages?
This procedure typically lasts between 5 to 7 years on average, contrary to porcelain crowns and veneers, which can last up to 10 to 15 years. However, how well you take care of your mouth and your dental hygiene, as well as any staining substances you consume, such as cigarettes or dark liquids, will affect how long your bonding lasts.
Some patients require a “touch up” more often than others, due to their habits. Also, depending on where your bonding was placed, you might also need to be careful when you eat. Also, it goes without saying, but you should not use your teeth to open bottles, packages or even remove tags.
Many people qualify for this procedure. However, you will need to stop by for a careful clinical oral examination to assess if your particular situation qualifies you for dental bonding.
Additionally, how much your bonding costs or how long it takes will also vary depending on how much bonding will need to be done on your tooth, or how many teeth will be bonded. Keep in mind that this is considered an aesthetic procedure, so insurance coverage might also vary depending on the case.
To get more information on bonding procedures, feel free to call the experienced professionals here at City Smiles DC at (202) 539-9499 today!