Cosmetic Bonding in Columbus, Ohio
Dental Bonding with Dr. Sharon Schindler
If you are looking for a cost-effective solution for chipped, cracked, crooked, or discolored teeth, cosmetic bonding may be the answer you have been searching for. Bonding can often be completed in a single visit and can have a very positive effect on your smile.
Bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied to the tooth to restore or improve a smile. Bonding is typically used on younger patients due to its conservative nature. There are some limitations to the procedure, so it is important to consult with your dentist to make sure bonding is right for you.
You deserve to look and feel your best. Ask Dr. Sharon Schindler how bonding can help.
What kinds of problems can cosmetic bonding address?
Dental bonding can be used to treat:
- Deeply stained or discolored teeth that don’t respond to whitening
- Minor chips and cracks
- Uneven teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
It’s important to note that bonding is aesthetic in nature; it doesn’t solve underlying tooth issues such as decay. In order for a tooth to receive any bonding, it must be healthy.
How long does it take to have cosmetic bonding done?
These are single appointment treatments with Dr. Schindler. The number of teeth she is bonding will dictate the overall length of your appointment.
How is the dental bonding procedure performed?
You can think of the bonding procedure as a sculpting of sorts by Dr. Schindler. First, the teeth to be treated receive a light etching into the enamel. This makes for a better surface for the resin to bond onto. Next, she chooses the appropriate resin color to match your natural teeth. She then applies the resin in small increments, building up the contour and depth. When satisfied, a curing light is used to harden the resin. She will test your bite and shave away any high points and the like. When both you and Dr. Schindler are satisfied with the look and feel of your bonded teeth, those teeth are polished. Now your perfect smile is ready for the world to see!
How long can I expect my cosmetic bonding to last?
How long your bonding treatment lasts depends in part on you. If you practice good hygiene and don’t chew ice and the like, your bonded teeth will continue to look great for up to a decade.
How can I maintain my cosmetic bonding results?
For your bonding to endure as long as possible, you’ll want to avoid chewing really hard or sticky items with your bonded teeth. For instance, biting into a candy apple could weaken or even pull off some of the composite resin. It’s not fragile, per se, but you need to avoid chewing ice and the like to keep your bonding looking great.
Composite resin can stain, although it stains much more slowly than natural tooth enamel. If your bonded areas begin to look dingy, the old resin can be removed and new bonding applied.
How is bonding different from porcelain veneers?
While both dental bonding and the application of porcelain veneers have the same end goal — to cover cosmetic imperfections and create a perfect smile — they do it in different ways. Bonding uses a resin material that is sculpted on the teeth, cured, and then polished. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are cemented onto the fronts of the teeth. To make room for the veneers, approximately 0.3 mm to 0.5 mm of the tooth enamel must be shaved off.
In use, porcelain veneers do not stain and are quite durable. The resin used in bonding is more resistant to staining than natural tooth enamel, but it can stain over time. Veneers last longer but are more expensive than bonding. Also, bonding is usually done in a single appointment, while veneers require two appointments. We offer both treatments at Schindler Dentistry.
Is dental bonding painful? Is preparation necessary before my appointment?
There is no pain whatsoever with dental bonding, and you don’t need to make any special preparations before your appointment.
Can I whiten teeth that have composite resin bonding on them?
Teeth whitening treatments only work on natural tooth enamel. But, as mentioned above, the composite resin used by Dr. Schindler is resistant to staining, more so than natural tooth enamel.
Can I drink coffee or tea with cosmetic bonding?
There aren’t any limitations with what you can eat or drink. You can stain resin over time. To minimize this, after drinking your morning coffee you can rinse your mouth with a little water to eliminate any remaining coffee.
Conservatively restore appearance & function to your smile.
Some of the benefits to dental bonding include:
For more information on cosmetic bonding or any of our alternative cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers, call our office today! Dr. Schindler and her highly trained staff can’t wait to hear from you.