Dental Bonding

LVI-Trained Dentist Serving Oakton, Vienna, McLean and Nearby Northern Virginia

Dr. Michael Chung works on a patient at Softouch Dental Care in Virginia

Dental bonding is a quick and easy procedure to correct many minor defects. The term “dental bonding” refers to both the procedure and substance used in the treatment.

Bonding is a white, malleable substance which Dr. Chung can shape in any way and to any size. It can be used to fill cavities. When Dr. Chung applies it to your teeth it is soft, but after he has it shaped to your satisfaction and his, he will use a curing light to harden it.

Defects Corrected by Dental Bonding

  • Small gaps between front teeth
  • Slight crookedness
  • Slight misalignment
  • Small chips or surface cracks
  • Discoloration that will not respond to tooth whitening

Dental Bonding Compared to Porcelain Veneers

Both tooth bonding and porcelain veneers can be used to correct the same minor defects. But there are differences in how the procedures are done, in the visual results, and in the longevity of the results.

  • Dental bonding is applied directly to your teeth by Dr. Chung and requires only one visit.
  • Porcelain veneers are made in a dental laboratory and require two visits to complete.
  • Bonding is white and matches your natural teeth, but lacks the characteristic shine teeth have.
  • Porcelain is partially translucent like tooth enamel. They both absorb and reflect light in similar ways, and therefore look very similar.
  • Dental bonding will gradually discolor like your natural teeth. Pigments in food and drink, like coffee, cola drinks, and blackberries, will stain and yellow it.
  • Porcelain is stain-resistant. It is unaffected by pigmented substances much the way glass is.

Dental bonding costs less than porcelain veneers.

Taking Care of Bonded Teeth

Teeth which have been treated with bonding resin will need the same care you give your teeth in any case. Daily brushing and flossing is always important, as it will keep your teeth as free as possible from bacteria and help you avoid any gum disease.

Find out answers to common questions about dental bonding during your initial consultation with Dr. Chung. Contact Softouch Dental Care online or call 703-319-6990 to set up your appointment. You’ll be able to meet Dr. Chung and his team and look around our comfortable offices. You can be confident that we will give you very personalized attention and time, and we look forward to working with you. Our office is based in Oakton and we serve patients throughout Northern Virginia, including Reston, Tysons Corner, McLean and other nearby areas, as well as Washington DC.