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Direct Bonding – Wayne, PA

Quick Results For A Fully Restored Smile

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If chips, cracks, stains or small gaps between your teeth have you avoiding the camera and social gatherings at all costs, Wayne Family Dentistry wants to help. We know it can be difficult walking around with a smile you’re not proud to show, but the good news is that with direct bonding in Wayne, you can have a fully restored smile in one visit to our dental office! Not only is direct bonding safe, but it’s affordable and long-lasting. Beautify your smile with this fast and effective treatment solution. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

What is Direct Bonding?

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Direct bonding is the process of using tooth-colored composite resin to hide imperfections that appear on your teeth. These can include:

  • Stains or discoloration
  • Chips or cracks
  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Changing your tooth’s shape or length
  • Protecting your exposed tooth root that is the result of receding gums

Although it’s used for a variety of reasons, the most common is to fix chipped or cracked teeth.

The resin used is shaped and sculpted by your cosmetic dentist in Wayne to improve the appearance of your smile. Once the material is shaped according to you and your dentist’s liking, a curing light is used to help the resin bond to your natural tooth.

What Are the Benefits of Direct Bonding?

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  • Affordability: Direct bonding a much more cost-effective option for a patient looking to improve their smile.
  • Quick Results: If you’re taking a long lunch break, you can walk in imperfect teeth and walk out with a brand new smile. Direct bonding occurs in just one appointment, so there’s no need for multiple appointments.
  • Simple Procedure: Unlike porcelain veneers that require more enamel to be removed from your teeth, direct bonding only requires a minimal amount of enamel removal and often requires no anesthesia.

What to Expect During Your Appointment?

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When arriving for your appointment, you can expect one of our dentists to begin by applying a natural, tooth-colored composite resin to any areas that are damaged or missing enamel. Then, the resin will be shaped accordingly so that it matches and blends seamlessly. This will mask any imperfection and make it nearly impossible for anyone to notice you’ve had work done. Once the material hardens with the use of a curing light, we will finish your treatment with a polish.

Direct Bonding Aftercare Tips?

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Once you receive your new smile, you’ll be surprised to know there is very little required in order to keep your bonded teeth healthy and clean. Simple brushing, flossing, and rinsing will ensure your teeth remain in good shape, but there are some useful tips to make sure they last as long as possible. These include:

  • Avoiding foods and/or drinks that can cause staining.
  • Kicking the habit. Smoking increases your risk of gum disease, which can impact the direct bonding treatment if the tooth becomes loose or falls out.
  • Try not to bite your nails or chew on ice, pencils, or other hard foods, as it can chip the bonding.

Direct Bonding FAQs

If you have minor aesthetic issues with your teeth, direct bonding can help you achieve the picture-perfect smile you desire. The minimally invasive procedure can help you fix several imperfections without a lengthy treatment process. We understand you have a few apprehensions before you’re ready to commit to it. Here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us to help ease your worries until your appointment.

How long does the procedure take?

After your initial consultation, you’ll be scheduled for your procedure. Generally, it takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete the process, so you can get back to your day quickly. If you’re treating several teeth, we may recommend more than one visit. We’ll explain how long you can expect the procedure to take during your consultation.

Will my results look natural?

Many people prefer direct bonding over other treatments because you can enjoy natural-looking results using an affordable and convenient option. The bonding material is carefully made to match the color of your teeth. As a result, it will blend in with your enamel, so no one will know it is there.

Can direct bonding discolor?

Like your enamel, direct bonding can discolor over time. There are several things you can do to protect your investment from stains, like maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. It’s best to limit your consumption of foods and drinks that can cause stains, like coffee, berries, and tea. If you can’t skip your morning cup of coffee or your favorite snack, brush your teeth well when you’re finished. If you can’t get to your toothbrush, rinse your mouth with water.

How much does direct bonding cost?

There isn’t a set fee for direct bonding; however, it’s more affordable than other treatments, like veneers. There are several factors that can influence the amount you pay, like the number of teeth you’re treating. We’ll provide you with an estimate during your initial consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Wayne. We will discuss your payment options to keep your new smile within your budget, like third-party financing. Based on your credit’s approval, you’re given the funds for the procedure, which you’ll repay using a plan that meets your needs.

Can I use my dental insurance to pay for direct bonding?

Every dental insurance policy differs; however, most plans don’t cover elective procedures, like direct bonding. Although it’s rare for dental insurance to pay for cosmetic procedures, there are some exceptions. Many cosmetic treatments also offer restorative benefits, like using direct bonding to treat a chipped tooth. If the treatment is necessary for your oral health, your dental insurance may cover a portion of the expense. If applicable, we’ll work on your behalf with your insurance company to maximize your annual allowance to lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We’ll explain how your coverage is being used and if there’s a remaining balance.