At Perkasie Dental Loft, Dr. Lindsey Cerdas specializes in cosmetic dentistry in Perkasie, including dental bonding. Got questions about dental bonding and how it can be used? Wondering whether it can lengthen your teeth? Let’s answer a few common FAQs about this procedure now.
Yes. Dental bonding involves applying a special type of composite dental resin directly to your teeth. This resin can be used to make the tooth look longer, and to improve its overall shape and appearance.
Dental bonding is commonly used to make one or two teeth look longer and more even. It also can be used to fill up small gaps between teeth, to correct misshapen teeth, and to cover up stains and other cosmetic issues. It’s a highly versatile treatment.
After Dr. Cerdas has approved you for dental bonding, the process will take only one appointment at Perkasie Dental Loft. To begin the process, she will clean your teeth and use a special acid to “etch” and roughen the tooth. This provides a better hold for the resin.
Then, she will apply tooth-colored resin directly to your tooth. She will shape it, harden it using ultraviolet light, and trim it to improve the appearance of your tooth. No numbing is needed for this process. This process takes about 30-60 minutes for each tooth, so multiple teeth can usually be treated in a single appointment at Perkasie Dental Loft, if desired.
For the most part, you can treat your new smile just like your natural teeth. Make sure you brush and floss properly, eat a healthy diet, and make lifestyle changes like cutting back on alcohol and quitting smoking/tobacco use.
To maximize the lifespan of your dental bonding, though, there are a few other things you can do. First, avoid using your teeth as “tools.” Don’t use them to rip open packages, tear tape, or for other such purposes. This can damage your bonded teeth and your natural teeth.
Similarly, do not chew non-food objects like pencils, pens, fingernails, and so on. Over time, these habits could damage or dislodge your bonding. It’s also best to avoid chewing and biting into really hard foods (like almonds or popcorn kernels) with your front teeth. Instead, chew these foods with your rear molars.
Dental bonding usually lasts somewhere between 5-7 years, though this varies based on the patient and how well they care for their smile.
This is a shorter lifespan than comparable cosmetic treatments like veneers, but since bonding is reversible, more affordable, and offers faster results, it’s still a good choice for some patients.
At Perkasie Dental Loft, Dr. Lindsey Cerdas is here to help you explore all of your options for improving your smile, including dental bonding. Contact us online or call now at (267) 517-6670 for a cosmetic dentistry appointment in Perkasie. Dr. Cerdas can examine your mouth, discuss your smile goals and preferences, and help you choose the treatment that’s right for you.