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Dr. Laura Matin, DDS

Frequently Asked Tooth Bonding Questions


What is tooth bonding?


Dental tooth bonding is a term for both the putty-like substance used to correct small defects, and for the procedure of using it. It comes in a variety of shades so that one can be chosen that matches your natural teeth. It's easy to shape and can be used to fill small gaps between teeth, or chips, or to cover spots and stains.

Dental bonding is used to attach porcelain veneers also, but that's a different type of bonding that's thinner and acts as cement between the veneer and the tooth's prepared surface.


What dental problems will tooth bonding address?


•  Chipped, broken or cracked teeth
•  Discolored teeth
•  Teeth with gaps or spaces
•  Teeth which are uneven in length
•  Slight crookedness or misalignment

Tooth bonding is also used for filling cavities, especially on front teeth. In this connection it's known as "white fillings" or "composite fillings" and is an excellent alternative to metal amalgam fillings.


What's the procedure for having a tooth bonded?


Tooth bonding can be done in one office visit because it requires no molds to be made and no use of a dental laboratory.

First, the surface of the tooth will be etched a bit and a thin plastic material applied. Then the bonding is placed on the tooth and molded to the desired shape.

A high-intensity light is used to harden the bonding, so that it's now part of your tooth. To finish up the procedure, Dr. Matin might do a little touch-up work and then will polish the tooth until it looks like the other teeth around it. The tooth bonding process takes little time.

Bonding is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures and one of the easiest and least expensive.


Do Bonded Teeth Require Special Care?


Bonded teeth don't require much more care than your natural teeth. You should continue to brush and floss your teeth and see your dentist for your regularly scheduled check ups and professional cleaning. Tooth bonding can chip, however, so you should avoid the following:

•  Biting your fingernails
•  Chewing on hard things like pens or ice
•  Using your teeth as a bottle opener


How Long Does Bonding Material Last?


If properly taken care of, can last for years. It could be shorter or longer time depending how much bonding material was used and how you take care of your teeth. Dental tooth bonding is not as stain-resistant as porcelain.


After your bonding procedure is complete, you will have a repaired and beautiful, natural looking smile. It is important to note that the quality of the bonding work is based upon the skill and experience of the cosmetic dentist you choose. Dr. Matin graduated from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and has many years experience with dental bonding.

If you live in the Portland area and are interested in scheduling an initial consultation with Dr. Matin, please contact her today. Tooth bonding is a safe, simple procedure -- you'll be enjoying your new smile before you know it!


Have you ever noticed someone else's gorgeous smile and wondered how you could improve yours too?
Dr. Laura Matin and her staff are here to help you achieve your ideal smile. With today's advances in porcelain veneers, tooth whitening and implant dentistry, we can make a real and dramatic difference in the way you look and the way you feel about your smile. We also offer general dentistry to your whole family. Call us today.





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LAURA L. MATIN, DDS, FAGD, PC
14740 NW Cornell Rd Suite 120
Portland, OR 97229


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