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Neil L. Starr, DDS, PC

Dental Bonding: What Can It Fix?


Dental bonding by Dr. Starr's Office, in Washington DC, Dental bonding is a simple treatment that is used to restore or improve a person’s smile. At Neil Starr, DDS, PC, we can dramatically change the look of your front teeth after they have been exposed to small damage by bonding composite material to the surface of your tooth. This procedure is less costly than other dental repairs, including placing a dental crown, and can make a significant difference in your look. Dr. Starr or Dr. Orta can evaluate your smile and make recommendations which may include dental bonding.

Dental Bonding is the bonding or adhesion of composite filling material to the surface of your teeth. The composite filling material is the same material dentists use to fill your cavities following the removal of decay. Composite is a blend of quartz and resin that can be colored to match your tooth color, helping it blend perfectly with your teeth. The material used today is strong, durable, and should last several years.

Though not as strong as dental crowns, dental bonding is a cosmetic solution that has proven to be a great supplement to improving the aesthetics and function of your teeth when making small repairs. Before treatment, Dr. Starr or Dr. Orta will evaluate your needs and review your options with you. If dental bonding is the right option for your situation, we can use it to repair:
•  Teeth That Have Chipped or Cracked: Whether a tooth has chipped leaving a sharp edge, has exposed the dentin layer below causing a tooth to be sensitive, or you would like to improve the look of chipped front teeth, dental bonding can help. Just as we would use this material to fill cavities following the removal of decay, the composite filling can be used to fill chips and cracks. We can smooth edges, and fill chips, helping your tooth appear naturally perfect.
•  Conceal Stained or Discolored Teeth: Surface stains from smoking and coffee can be whitened, but when a stain is more than a surface stain, dental bonding can help. Deeper stains can occur due to a range of medications that a patient took or from conditions such as fluorosis, which is a common problem due to excessive fluoride during the enamel formation of your tooth. Composite material can be used to cover and conceal these stains.
•  Close Gaps: Some patients may require an orthodontic device to close gaps in their teeth, but some patients may be able to use dental bonding to fill these gaps, quickly and easily improving the look of their smile. Many patients find that they are self-conscious of an unsightly gap in their teeth, but don’
•  t want the time or expense of braces. We may be able to close the gap with a simple, fast in office procedure, giving you a beautiful smile.
•  Change the Appearance of Your Teeth: Dental bonding has been used to help teeth appear longer, shorter, more even, and even to alter the shape of a tooth. The effects are dramatic, and durable.

The composite bonding material is surprisingly strong and resistant to breakage, but it is not as strong as your natural enamel. This means that the material is subject to breakage if exposed to the harsh treatment. Patients will need to be cautious in abstaining from nail biting, chewing on pens, ice or hard candies. Our team at Neil Starr, DDS, PC, along with Dr. Starr or Dr. Orta, will review the bonding procedure, and care instructions with you at your appointment.

For more information on dental bonding, contact our Washington DC office today! (202) 897-0015.


Neil L. Starr, DDS, PC

Washington Office

1234 19th Street N.W. #306
Washington DC, 20036

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