Cosmetic Dental Bonding in Stamford, CT
Drs. Clabaugh & Trentalancia provides cosmetic bonding services in Stamford, CT. Call 203-327-2540 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
With cosmetic dental bonding, we use tooth-colored resin material to correct minor imperfections. This aesthetic dental procedure is affordable and effective, not to mention quick and painless since the work is done only on the surface of the tooth. Cosmetic bonding can be used for:
- Closing gaps between two teeth
- Adding length to teeth
- Adjusting the shape and size of teeth
- Covering over discoloration and stains
- Filling in teeth that have chipped
- Fixing cracks and other minor cosmetic damage to the tooth structure
Cosmetic Dental Bonding Process
The dental bonding process starts with removing a small amount of enamel from your tooth. This roughens the surface, allowing the bonding material to attach securely. We then apply a conditioning liquid to the remaining enamel in order to prepare it for the bonding agent. The composite resin material is applied to the tooth and it is smoothed and shaped by the dentist with the goal of matching your adjacent teeth for a natural appearance.
Once you are happy with the way the tooth looks, we use a special light to cure the material, trim away any excess, and then polish the bonded tooth so it has the same smooth appearance as your natural teeth. The entire process takes about an hour from start to finish, although this depends on the number of teeth being bonded and the extent of the work they need.
Cosmetic dental bonding looks completely natural when performed by a skilled dentist and a shade guide is used to make sure the color blends in with adjacent teeth. Bonding isn’t for everyone and it does not last as long as dental veneers, but it is one of the least expensive options for correcting the appearance of a tooth. Cosmetic bonding is completed in a single appointment, unlike veneers, which require at least two visits to our office, one to prepare the teeth and take impressions, and then a second appointment to bond the veneers to your teeth.
Protecting Your Dental Bonding
The location of your bonded tooth is one of the most important factors in how long you can expect the bonding to last. If the corner of a front tooth is being bonded, it’s more likely to fall off sooner due to the wear-and-tear of biting, for example. Generally speaking, dental bonding will last anywhere between three and ten years, which still makes it a cost effective solution for minor cosmetic imperfections.
To ensure that your cosmetic bonding lasts a long time, limit your consumption of red wine, coffee, tea, and other foods that cause stains. Do not use tobacco products and if your front teeth are bonded, avoid biting into hard foods like apples, carrots, or nuts using the tooth that has been bonded. If you have a habit of clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, your bonding is unlikely to last long; it may be wise to choose another cosmetic dental treatment to meet your needs.