Dr. Datta Malyavantham is a top rated Northern VA cosmetic dentist, offering a full range of cosmetic dental services at Ridgetop Dental in Sterling and Reston, VA. Dr. Datta has committed many hours to continuing education in cosmetic dentistry and offers the skilled artistry that is the result of over 20 years of experience treating patients of all ages.
Tooth bonding can serve both cosmetic and restorative purposes and is suitable for both children and adults with mild to moderate concerns. We recommend our younger patients use dental bonding until their teeth have fully formed and more permanent solutions can be used. Composite resin comes in a variety of shades so your bonded teeth will blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Because it does not involve a dental laboratory, the procedure is typically completed during one visit and results can last for many years with proper dental care. Tooth bonding can be used to treat:
Tooth bonding is often a great option for patients considering or needing a smile makeover who are not yet ready for a more permanent solution such as porcelain veneers.
Tooth Bonding What to Expect
The Tooth Bonding Process
The tooth bonding procedure is generally painless and completed during your visit. You should plan to be at our dentist office for about thirty minutes up to one hour. Your dentist at Ridgetop Dental will first clean the teeth that are going to be bonding so that they are plaque-free and clean. Next, they will prepare the tooth surface by etching away a small amount of tooth structure that will open up tiny spores on the tooth’s surface. This will create a surface that will bond easily with the composite resin. The composite resin material is then thinly painted onto the tooth’s surface, filling the tiny holes creating a strong bond.
We will carefully apply and sculpt the composite resin into place, creating a natural and comfortable new tooth surface or shape that is color matched for the most aesthetically pleasing result. Once you and your dentist are happy with the way your tooth looks and it fits perfectly with your bite, we’ll move on to the final step. The final step is to cure the resin with a special hand held curing light and polish the new surface for a natural luster.
Caring For Your Bonded Teeth
Your newly bonded teeth should be brushed and flossed daily. You should visit our dentist office for a professional teeth cleaning at least twice per year, just the same as the rest of your teeth. It is important for our patients to understand that composite resin can easily be stained. To avoid this, you should avoid smoking, drinking wine, tea and coffee as much as possible. While bonded teeth can be stained, they cannot be whitened like your natural teeth. If you attempt to whiten your teeth after the bonding procedure, you risk the bonded teeth not matching the rest of your now whitened teeth. With proper care and maintenance, your bonded teeth should last three to ten years.
No. Tooth bonding is an economical alternative to dental veneers. The material is durable and strong, but can still be damaged. It is not impervious to being chipped. Do not assume that it can protect your teeth from chewing on very hard things.
Yes. Tooth bonding is reversible and can be removed if necessary. Although, only your dentist can remove tooth bonding. You can not remove it yourself without damaging your teeth. If your bonding treatment has been damaged, contact your dentist right away.
Taking care of bonded teeth is like taking care of natural teeth. You do not need special products or care to keep your bonding material in good shape. Although, you should keep an excellent dental care routine to elongate the results. Tooth bonding is not permanent, and will need to be replaced after a couple of years.
Why choose Ridgetop Dental?
Ridgetop Dental is your dental home in Northern VA for complete and comprehensive oral health care. Led by Dr. Datta Malyavantham, our team is committed to helping patients achieve their dental health goals through personalized care.
From routine dental care and general dentistry to treatment options for complex dental problems, including missing teeth, our two convenient office locations strive to meet your needs, your goals and your budget. Our focus is on the long term maintenance of a comfortable, functional smile that provides confidence and the best possible quality of life.