Dental Bonding Specialist

Joni R. Marcus, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Total Dental Care

Joni R. Marcus, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

If you have a few minor cosmetic flaws in your smile, dental bonding is an easy way to fix many of them. At Total Dental Care, a family-run dental practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dentists Harold Marcus, DDS, Joni Marcus, DMD, and the exceptional team can easily reshape or repair your imperfect teeth with dental bonding. To learn more about the procedure and find out what it can fix, call Total Dental Care to make an appointment today.

Dental Bonding Q & A

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a simple and inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure that’s used to repair or reshape your teeth. At Total Dental Care, the team uses a malleable plastic material called composite resin to rebuild or repair your tooth into a natural shape that’s resistant to wear and tear. You can get dental bonding to improve, cover, or repair:

  • Short teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Wide gaps between teeth
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Broken teeth
  • Staining and discoloration

Your dentist chooses the color of your composite resin according to the natural shade of your teeth. Once the procedure is complete, the composite resin looks indistinguishable from the rest of the tooth. 

What should I expect during a dental bonding procedure?

When you come to Total Dental Care for bonding, your dentist begins by roughening the surface of your tooth. This helps the bonding material stick, as does a conditioning liquid that your dentist brushes onto the prepared surface. 

Your dentist applies the color-matched composite resin putty onto your tooth. They mold and smooth it into the shape of your tooth before hardening it with an ultraviolet light. They might shave the bonding material down more once it hardens so that it matches the shape of your natural tooth as much as possible, and they finish the process by polishing it until it shines.

How should I care for my teeth after dental bonding?

The composite resin used in dental bonding is prone to staining, just like your natural teeth. In order to keep your teeth looking their best, you should avoid smoking, chewing tobacco, tea, coffee, and other staining substances completely for the first 48 hours after your bonding procedure. It’s also important to keep in mind that the composite resin used in bonding doesn’t whiten with teeth-whitening treatments, so you may want to limit staining substances after the first 48 hours also. 

Bonded teeth don’t require much more care than your natural teeth, but you should avoid crunching down on solid objects and using your teeth in lieu of scissors in order to keep them intact. You should also continue brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing between them. Your dentist can give your bonded teeth a thorough clean and polish at your regular exams. 

To learn more about dental bonding and how it can fix your smile, call to make an appointment at Total Dental Care today.