Bonding is a quick and affordable way to repair many cosmetic flaws or injuries. It can yield dramatic results in a single office visit, quickly filling in ugly gaps between teeth and repairing chips and cracks.
Bonding essentially hides any natural flaws through the placement of a thin plastic coating on the front surface of the teeth. Dr. Kneib uses dental bonding to sculpt individual teeth with a special tooth-like material that looks, acts, and feels like the real thing.
After treating the tooth surface, Dr. Kneib applies a putty-like bonding material that is then sculpted and shaped to suit your needs. A high-intensity light causes the plastic to harden, and then the new surface is smoothed and polished.
And, as you can see below, the tooth-colored fillings by Dr. Kneib can substantially improve the beauty of your teeth, too. For individuals who meet the requirements, any of the above mentioned dental procedures can be accomplished in-house during one appointment.
Before Dental Bonding
After Dental Bonding
What is dental bonding?
Bonding by Dr. Kneib can yield dramatic results in a single office visit. Bonding essentially hides any natural flaws through the placement of a thin plastic coating on the front surface of the teeth.
After treating the tooth's surface, Dr. Kneib applies a putty-like bonding material that is then sculpted, shaped, and colored to suit your needs. A high-intensity light causes the plastic to harden, after which the new surface is smoothed and polished.
Bonding can lighten stains, close gaps, and even alter crooked or malformed teeth. At Kneib Dentistry, we can even utilize it to change the shape or color of a single tooth or, if necessary, to remake your entire smile.
How long does dental bonding last?
Dental bonding can last 4 to 8 years on average. The length of time that tooth bonding lasts depends on which teeth are bonded. For example, bonded molars will last a shorter period because they experience a higher impact when eating as opposed to front teeth. To ensure that the bonding remains structurally sound, some patients take steps to not bite hard foods directly with their treated teeth.
How long after tooth bonding can I eat?
You don't have to wait! Patients can eat and drink immediately after their dental bonding procedure. However, you should be aware that some patients do experience sensitivity to both hot and cold food and drinks after dental bonding. This discomfort is typically minimal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
Is dental bonding right for me?
Dental bonding is a great way to restore the original and aesthetically pleasing look of teeth. Chips or abnormal tooth shapes that require dental bonding may be from injuries or entirely natural. So, whether you're looking to have your teeth bonded for reparative or cosmetic reasons, this type of restorative dental treatment may be a great option.
Of course, it is still important to discuss whether dental bonding is right for you with your dentist.
Does dental bonding hurt?
Overall, the process of bonding is relatively easy and painless. Most times, patients do not require painkillers. The greatest discomfort a patient may feel is from tooth sensitivity from hot or cold drinks and food after their bonding procedure. If you experience discomfort or tooth sensitivity, over-the-counter pain medications will offer relief.
If you are experiencing pain or severe discomfort from your recent dental procedure, call our office at 814-838-6354.
How long does it take to have your teeth bonded?
The total length of the procedure depends on how many teeth you are having treated. On average, it takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth bond. When consulting with your dentist, they will advise you on the expectations for your procedure so you can plan accordingly.