A Westside Family Dentist

Cosmetic Dental Bonding in Cincinnati, OH

Tooth bonding is a cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers. Bonding is not as permanent as veneers and provides patients with a way to restore the aesthetics of their smile and treat minor cosmetic dental concerns. Tepe Family Dentistry uses the most modern dental materials and their natural artistic abilities to provide natural results that blend seamlessly with your beautiful and healthy smile.

Bonding can be used to treat:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Spaces between teeth

What To Expect With Bonding

First, the tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.

The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth.

Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding

Pros– Dental bonding is one of the most common and least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures. It usually can be done in one short office visit unless multiple teeth are involved. Another advantage to bonding is that compared to veneers and crowns, it requires little to no removal of tooth enamel. Most procedures involving dental bonding do not require anesthesia.

Cons– The material used in dental bonding is not as strong as a real tooth. Biting on fingernails or chewing on pens can actually chip the material. Bonding only lasts a few years before it needs to be repaired and is not as strong as other restorative procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. It is also not as stain resistant as crowns or porcelain veneers.

Due to some of the limitations to the restorative impacts that bonding can have, some dentists may view it as best suited for small cosmetic changes, temporary correction of cosmetic defects, or for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure. We will be able to tell you if bonding is right for you or may make other recommendations relative to your personal conditions.