Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
What is dental bonding?
Tooth bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure which uses a tooth-colored paste to cover dental flaws and damage, restoring the beauty of your teeth and protecting them. The paste is sculpted and hardened to look like your natural teeth and to fit comfortably within your bite.
What can dental bonding do for me?
Tooth Bonding can correct many problems in one treatment, or it can be used on just one tooth. It protects your teeth, acting like tooth enamel, but it can do much more including:
- Filling small gaps between teeth
- Covering tooth erosion to restore a tooth’s appearance and protect it from decay and sensitivity
- Filling small cracks
- Filling in chipped areas
- Covering discoloration that is resistant to tooth whitening
- Correcting the appearance of crooked or misshapen teeth
What is the difference between bonding and veneers?
While they serve some of the same purposes, there are some important differences. Porcelain veneers are a thin shell of porcelain, manufactured separately and then bonded to the front of your teeth. Tooth Bonding is a paste which is applied directly onto a tooth and then hardened with a curing light. Bonding requires less of your original tooth to support it, but requires more maintenance. It is not stain-resistant like porcelain.
Will people be able to see my dental bonding?
No. The composite resin is color matched to your natural teeth, sculpted to their natural shape, and buffed to a shine, although it does not have the remarkable pearly quality of porcelain.
Will I have to change my eating habits?
Your bonding will look its best and stay in good shape if you keep it from staining. This is true of natural teeth too. So we recommend that you keep up with good dental hygiene at home and come for regular professional cleaning performed by a hygienist who has experience working with bonding.
Are there alternatives to dental bonding?
Yes. In some cases porcelain veneers are a good alternative.
You can read more on our main Tooth Bonding page.
If you are in the Belleville, Brentwood, or Saint Louis area please contact our tooth bonding experts today to learn more about dental bonding and what it can do for you. We look forward to setting up your free tooth bonding initial consultation and helping you get on the road to a beautiful smile.
8083 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144