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Dental Bonding Florham Park
Interested in dental bonding in Florham Park? Dr. Yusun Gohard is an ADA-recognized cosmetic dentist offering a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options in the area, including dental bonding. Not sure what dental bonding is, how it works, or why you should choose Dr. Gohard as your dentist? We’ll run you through everything you should know below.
Understanding the Dental Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding might sound confusing, but it’s actually a very straightforward procedure that can have profound benefits for both your smile and your self-confidence. Technically, it is a type of cosmetic dentistry, rather than restorative dentistry, although it can help to alleviate sensitivity due to some problems, such as cracks and chips in your teeth.
What Is a Dental Bonding Procedure?
Dental bonding is actually exactly what it sounds like – Dr. Yusun Gohard will apply a special resin to the teeth that you want to address. This resin will be colored to match your other teeth, and will be smoothed and shaped to perfectly fit within your mouth.
Once it has been applied, Dr. Gohard will use a special light to cure the resin, creating a firm bond between it and your natural tooth material. Ultimately, dental bonding creates a permanent bond between your tooth and the resin, providing protection and cosmetic enhancement.
When Is Dental Bonding Used?
Dr. Gohard will consider dental bonding in a number of different situations. It is primarily used to improve the appearance of damaged or stained teeth, but it can also be used in a number of other situations. For instance, Dr. Gohard might consider you as a potential dental bonding candidate if you have chipped or cracked teeth, if you need to reshape a tooth or teeth, if one tooth is shorter than the others, or if you need to close gaps between teeth. It can also be used to improve the color/appearance of your teeth if they are heavily stained and teeth whitening solutions will not work.
Can Dental Bonding Straighten Crooked Teeth?
While dental bonding is primarily used to reshape teeth, or to protect cracks and chips, or alleviate discoloration, it can also be used to help those with crooked teeth. Note that dental bonding does not actually straighten the tooth the same way that braces or the Invisalign system would. Rather, it is used to reshape the tooth and give it a straighter appearance without actually changing its alignment at all.
So, if you are seeking a cosmetic solution to your crooked teeth, bonding might be an option Dr. Gohard suggests. However, she will also discuss your other choices and explain whether they might be a better solution to fixing crooked teeth than bonding. In some cases, veneers may be the better solution, particularly if you have multiple damaged teeth, or you are interested in a solution that will potentially last a lifetime.
How Long Should Dental Bonding Last?
Obviously, you want to get the most out of your money, and you want to ensure that you limit your visits to Dr. Gohard’s dental chair for treatment. The good news is that dental bonding can last a very long time.
If properly cared for, and if you avoid dangerous behaviors, dental bonding can last for up to 10 years. However, there are a few caveats here. First, you will need to ensure that you properly care for your teeth. This means regular brushing and flossing, as well as checkups with Dr. Gohard on your overall oral health (and for cleaning and polishing).
You will also need to avoid activities that could damage the bonding material. The most common is chewing ice – this can damage your natural teeth very quickly, and bonding material even faster. You should avoid using your teeth as tools, as well (prying off labels and the like). These activities will reduce the lifespan of any composite material. In fact, it could cause the bonded section to break away from your tooth entirely.
Is Dental Bonding Covered by Insurance?
Dental bonding can be costly, particularly if you have multiple teeth that are badly stained, or that have suffered from cracks or chips. Will your dental insurance cover the procedure? Sadly, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It largely depends on the plan you have. While dental bonding is technically considered a cosmetic dentistry treatment, it can provide restorative benefits.
If that is the case, then your dental insurance may pay between 50 and 80% of the cost. However, if the treatment is merely cosmetic, then you can expect your insurance to cover less of the procedure, or possibly none of the costs at all.
Whatever the case, the staff here at Dr. Gohard’s office will help you determine whether your insurance will pay for any of your treatment, and help you achieve the white, even, healthy smile you deserve.
What If Dental Bonding Is Not Right for Me?
If you and Dr. Gohard decide that dental bonding is not the right option for you, there are several other cosmetic dentistry treatments that can help remake your smile. For instance, dental veneers can provide protection for chipped or damaged teeth, and help with discoloration.
Teeth whitening treatments can help to whiten undamaged teeth. A full consultation with Dr. Gohard will help you understand your options, and how each cosmetic dentistry treatment differs from the others, allowing you to chart a course forward toward a brighter, whiter, healthier smile and better self-confidence.
Contact Us Today
Are you ready to transform your smile and fix chipped, cracked or discolored teeth? If so, contact our Florham Park office today by calling 973-377-2222. Dr. Yusun Gohard will be happy to discuss your overall oral health, and advise on how well dental bonding might fit with your needs and goals, as well as potential alternative treatments.