Improving your confidence in your smile is a lot easier than you might think. With dental bonding at Smile On Dental Studio, Dr. Chris Hill can hide minor flaws like chips or cracks or even change the shape of your teeth in a simple procedure. If you’re considering an affordable cosmetic dentistry treatment like dental bonding, learn what you can expect during the procedure at our St. Louis dental office.

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Dental Bonding Procedure

There’s not much to expect with the dental bonding procedure. It’s fast, nearly pain-free and easy. To start, Dr. Hill will apply some local anesthetic to your tooth if you’re worried about sensitivity. Then he will prepare your tooth and apply the putty resin and begin shaping it over your tooth. The color of the dental bonding will resemble the same color as your adjacent teeth. After Dr. Hill achieves the perfect shape with the resin, he hardens it by using an ultraviolet light. When it becomes hard, he will finish shaping the resin and polish it to look completely natural!

How Long Does Cosmetic Bonding Last?

The time your dental bonding treatment lasts depends a lot on where the placement is and how you take care of your teeth. For instance, if the bonding is at the edge of your tooth, especially at the front of your mouth, it won’t last long because it’s exposed every time you take a bite into food. If the bonding is located in your mouth where it doesn’t come into direct contact with where you bite. The lifespan of dental bonding also depends on how you care for your teeth. It’s important to not chew on things that aren’t food or on hard things like ice or hard candy. With proper brushing and care your bonding results can last anywhere from one to eight years.

Cost of Dental Bonding

Compared to other cosmetic dentistry treatments, cosmetic bonding is highly affordable. Although your dental insurance likely won’t cover the cost, the treatment is still more affordable than veneers. We will tell you the cost of your procedure during your cosmetic consultation.

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Risks and Aftercare

Although there aren’t really any risks associated with dental bonding, it is important to know when to give us a call. If you feel any sharp edges or your bite feels off after the procedure, make sure to let us know so we can address the problem. To keep your results looking great, try to stay away from habits that stain your teeth such as drinking coffee and red wine or smoking. Otherwise, your teeth might look a different color than your bonding results. Continue to brush and floss your teeth to care for your bonding treatment. If you grind or clench your teeth at night, make sure not to skip your night guard otherwise you might damage your results.

Ready to transform your smile with dental bonding? Contact St. Louis dentist Dr. Hill today. Please call (314) 678-7876 to schedule an appointment.