At Nashua Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, PLLC, Dr. Judith Whitcomb provide care for patients interested in receiving general or restorative dental solutions. Our team of professionals offers Nashua, NH area patients ways to enhance their smiles, which may include the use of dental bonding.
Understanding the process of dental bonding
Our dentist explains the process of obtaining dental bonding and other restorative procedures so that patients know what to expect from start to finish. Dr. Judith Whitcomb walk patients through the process, starting with a consultation appointment. During this initial visit, patients can decide if dental bonding is right for their specific needs. Alternatives, such as porcelain veneers, may also be discussed as a possibility for addressing imperfections on the front teeth.
When patients have made the choice to have dental bonding done, their teeth are then prepared. the surface of the tooth will be roughened, and a conditioning liquid applied. Then, the bonding material, which is a tooth-colored resin, is applied to the tooth and shaped in place. Using a curing light, the dental bonding is hardened and then filed and polished to look like natural tooth enamel. The entire process is done during a single appointment in around 15-20 minutes, allowing patients to leave the dental office with their beautiful new smile!
What are the benefits of dental bonding?
Many patients who are considering dental bonding want to find out more about the actual benefits of this restoration. Dental bonding is:
Many patients choose dental bonding over alternative options such as porcelain veneers due to the cost. Dental bonding is extremely affordable and attainable for those even on a tight budget. The tooth-colored material blends in seamlessly with the smile and allows same-day application. While porcelain veneers will last longer, dental bonding may be a better option for some patients. Porcelain veneers often last ten years or longer and are stain resistant, while dental bonding may last a few years and will need to be replaced due to discoloration that can occur over time. Patients with bonding should take great care in ensuring their teeth are clean and that they avoid highly staining elements such as coffees, teas, and wine that can darken the natural tooth enamel as well as restorative bonding.
Who is a candidate for dental bonding?
Every patient who wants to disguise an issue or repair a tooth that has been cracked may be considered a viable candidate for dental bonding. It is best that the patient has a healthy smile free from cavities and periodontal disease, which can be evaluated during the initial consultation appointment. Patients can also learn about porcelain veneers, orthodontics, dental crowns, and any other restorations that may also be used in addressing their specific aesthetic concerns. We welcome patients in and around the area to speak to our team about their options, as we can assist in helping make an educated decision. We want our patients to feel involved in their dental restoration process, and we encourage them to ask questions until they feel confident in choosing their cosmetic care.
How can I extend the lifespan of dental bonding?
The easiest way to keep dental bonding looking great for a longer period is to take good care of the smile and to avoid foods and drinks that may stain not only the dental bonding, but also the natural smile.
Discuss your options for restoring your smile with the team at Nashua Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, PLLC
Dr. Judith Whitcomb of Nashua, New Hampshire provide ways for patients to achieve a more attractive smile, even when the unexpected occurs. If you are considering the benefits of dental bonding, we welcome you to our practice to learn more. Our professionals welcome new patients to contact the office by calling (855) 363-3793 and visiting the practice at 1 Trafalgar Square, Ste. #103.