Do you have tooth damage? Are there minor imperfections impacting the beauty of your natural smile?
Dr. Nechama Brand and Dr. Abraham Stein help patients in the Chicago, IL area improve the aesthetics of their smiles with dental bonding.
Dental bonding is an economical and effective way for patients to fix chipped and cracked teeth, slightly crooked teeth, tooth misalignment, discolored teeth, and gaps between teeth. This cosmetic dental option also benefits patients who do not want a permanent cosmetic restoration.
What is Dental Bonding?
The resin material that is used in tooth bonding treatment is pliable before it is hardened. Dr. Brand or Dr. Stein can easily manipulate the material as needed to change the shape and size of your teeth. In addition, the composite resin is color-matched to natural teeth, so discolored teeth can appear brighter.
Treatment for Dental Bonding in Chicago
Before treatment, Dr. Brand or Dr. Stein will assess your teeth and gums to determine if tooth bonding is the right cosmetic option for you. The treatment process begins when we will remove a small portion of the tooth structure to ensure that the dental bonding material adheres to the treated area.
Then, they will color-match the resin for the most natural-looking result. After sculpting the resin onto the desired tooth or teeth, it is shaped and molded until it is comfortable for the patient. A special UV light hardens and sets the resin. To complete treatment, your dentist will polish the resin for a high shine.
After treatment, patients should avoid teeth-staining foods and beverages like coffee, red wine, tea, and soda for at least 48 hours. Patients can brush and floss their teeth normally after the procedure, but you should avoid chewing on hard foods following treatment.
Some patients report temporary tooth sensitivity after cosmetic tooth bonding treatment. However, this sensitivity only lasts for a couple of hours. Be aware that patients with underlying dental issues will feel more sensitive than those without these problems.
Dental Veneers vs. Tooth Bonding
Many patients are curious about which treatment is better, porcelain veneers or dental bonding. The answer depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Both treatment options have different pros and cons.
Porcelain veneers are used when a patient wants a complete smile makeover and a permanent solution. However, they cost significantly more than bonding. Also, dental insurance will not cover any portion of the treatment. Dental bonding, on the other hand, is quite affordable. However, the results will only last up to 10 years if the teeth are well taken care of. Bonding is a great solution for a person looking for a short-term solution who is not ready to commit to a more permanent solution.
Dental Bonding FAQs
Can teeth bonding fix crooked teeth?
Yes! Dental bonding is a versatile treatment that your dentist can use in many ways. Dr. Brand or Dr. Stein can apply the composite resin to the front of the crooked tooth and reshape it to make your tooth appear straight.
How long does bonding last on teeth?
Dental bonding can last up to 10 years depending on where it is applied and how well you care for treated teeth. Additionally, personal habits play a huge role in how long your treatment will last. If you had your front teeth treated, then you may be able to extend the life of the results by not biting directly into hard or rough food. Bad habits such as chewing on your fingernails or pen caps can make the material break.
How much does dental bonding cost?
The cost of your treatment depends on how many teeth are being treated and the condition of each tooth. Also, whether or not your dental insurance offers coverage will determine your out-of-pocket cost. You should expect to pay up to $600 per tooth without dental insurance. We suggest checking your policy to see if or how much coverage is offered.
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Contact Premier Dentistry for dental bonding treatment by calling 312-586-8596. Schedule a consultation online with our dental care team in Chicago, Illinois.