Teeth Bonding

Make Cosmetic Flaws Disappear in One Appointment

If you look at your smile in the mirror and wish certain imperfections would just go away, now they can! Dr. Wayne Myles offers teeth bonding in Reston, VA. Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment that can fix, repair, and erase a wide range of dental problems.

The best part is that this service can be completed in a single appointment, and it’s one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry services that Dr. Myles has to offer. If it sounds like you could benefit from this treatment, read on to learn more.

How long should a bonded tooth last?

Bonded teeth should last anywhere from three to ten years. Bonds may require some touch-ups or repairs during this time. It is important to schedule regular visits so that your dentist can check up on the health of your bond.

What can you not do after teeth bonding?

After a teeth bonding procedure patients should avoid chewing hard or sticky foods until they have adjusted. These include hard candy, apples, nuts, bagels, and tough meats.

Can you whiten bonded teeth?

You cannot whiten bonded teeth. Their color is permanent. Most patients whiten their teeth one to two weeks before a bond is placed so that their teeth match the bond well.

Can you use mouthwash with dental bonding?

Mouthwash can be used with bonds, however, it should not be alcohol-based. Alcohol has been shown to weaken bonds, shortening their lifespan.

Can bonding be whitened?

Tooth bonding is designed to match your natural tooth color. They cannot be whitened, so their color is permanent. It is recommended that patients whiten their teeth before having their bonding made to achieve desired tooth brightness.

Can bonding help receding gums?

Bonding can be used to repair receding gums. The material used can be color-matched to your gums and it can be applied on top of gum roots to repair recession.

Can bonding be removed?

Bonding can be removed, however, bonding is meant to be a permanent restoration. Removing your bond requires us to remove the adhesive agent holding it in place.

What is Direct Bonding?

Direct bonding, also called dental tooth bonding, is a cosmetic treatment we offer that can help correct a variety of issues with your smile’s appearance. We use a tooth-colored composite resin that can be sculpted to fill in or add to your teeth. In fact, this special combination of plastics and silica are the same materials we use for tooth-colored fillings, allowing your direct bonding to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile. We can use this treatment to correct numerous flaws, including small chips, cracks, slight gaps, misshapen teeth, or even a crooked-looking tooth.

The best way to know whether or not direct bonding is right for you is to contact our office to set up an appointment with Dr. Myles. He will carefully examine your smile before recommending a personalized treatment plan. He takes the dental history, budget, and goals into account before creating treatment plans for the best results.

What to Expect During Your Direct Bonding Procedure

One of the benefits of direct bonding is that it can be completed in just one appointment. First, Dr. Myles will ensure that you’re comfortable before beginning. Then, he will prepare the area, creating small abrasion that allows for the composite resin to get a firm bond. After, he’ll place the composite resin on the affected area, sculpting it away to blend in with your smile. This material is then cured with a special light, hardening the composite resin. Lastly, Dr. Myles will polish it, so your tooth looks and reflects light just like the rest of your enamel. This can all be done in around 90 minutes or less!

Direct Bonding Recovery & Aftercare

Unlike other treatments, you can look forward to an easy and quick recovery with direct bonding. However, there are some steps you should take to ensure that you enjoy your results for their full lifespan, including:

  • Avoiding coffee or tea during the first two days to prevent staining
  • Brushing your teeth twice a day
  • Flossing once a day
  • Avoiding nail-biting or chewing on non-food items
  • Maintaining regular checkups and cleanings with our office

Are you ready to eliminate the flaws in your smile that are holding you back? Contact our office to get started with Dr. Myles. Call Smiles by Myles for an appointment at (571) 536-7885.