Tooth Bonding

Tooth Bonding in Rochester NY

When you look in the mirror, do you get distracted by small imperfections in your smile? When you smile with confidence, you can improve your self-esteem, make a lasting impression on others, and even enhance your job performance.

Even if you don't have a smile you love yet, the professionals at Dr. David K. Skeels can help. One procedure we may recommend is tooth bonding from our Rochester, NY staff. We employ state of the art techniques as well as tried and true methods to assist our patients.

Below, we answer some of the most common questions about tooth bonding our Rochester, NY patients ask.

What Is Tooth Bonding?

Tooth bonding refers to the process by which a dental professional will adhere a layer of composite resin to the surface of a tooth. Once your dentist applies the resin, he or she hardens it using a specialized light. 

After your dentist finishes this process, he or she may polish or shape the resin to better match it to the shape, color, and texture of the surrounding teeth.

Your dentist performs this procedure when filling cavities with composite fillings (as opposed to metal fillings). Like fillings, most types of tooth bonding require a single appointment to complete.

Tooth bonding is similar to the application process for a veneer or a crown. However, porcelain veneers and crowns cost more and require more invasive procedures. Your dentist must custom-create these shells for each patient. Tooth bonding, however, requires very little enamel removal and no anesthesia unless related to a cavity.

What Problems Can Tooth Bonding Correct?

Dentists use tooth bonding to conceal or correct a number of dental issues, including the following:
  • Cavities
  • Chips or cracks
  • Discoloration
  • Gaps
  • Size irregularities
While extensive dental issues may require more intensive cosmetic procedures or orthodontia, tooth bonding represents one of the quickest and most cost-effective options for patients who want to improve the aesthetics or health of their smiles.

How Long Does Tooth Bonding Last?

Tooth bonding lasts longest in patients with good oral health and established oral hygiene routines. The area of the bonding may also factor into how long the bonding material lasts.

Typically, bonding materials can last anywhere from three to ten years without needing touch-ups or replacement.

Have more questions about tooth bonding? Our Rochester, NY staff would be happy to walk you through the procedure.

Whether you want major cosmetic changes to your smile or correction of a small defect, ask us about options for tooth bonding at our Rochester, NY office. Call us today at (585) 467-7000 to schedule your next appointment.

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