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A dental bond is a great way to repair minor problems or make small improvements with your teeth. Dental bonding is inexpensive, simple and fast, and painless. A dental bond can give your tooth its proper shape, repair a chip, hide discoloration, or even close the gap between teeth that are improperly shaped.

A bond can be applied in one visit, usually within 30 minutes. The dentist will etch the surface of your tooth and apply a bonding liquid to help the bond adhere to your tooth surface. Then he will shape the bond around the damaged spot on your tooth and then cure it. When it is ready, the dentist will trim and polish your bond to match the rest of your tooth.

On average, a dental bond will last for approximately 10 years. While your bond is sturdy, it is not indestructible. Your bond is not as strong as your natural teeth, and if you are in the habit of chewing on pens or other objects, you can chip your bond. You can stain your bond with tobacco and dark colored foods and drinks, especially in the first 48 hours that you have it, so you will want to keep that in mind when you are planning your meals. If you damage or stain your bond, the dentist will have to repair or polish it.

If you have minor damage to your teeth, you might want to consider getting a dental bond. If you live in the Flossmoor, Illinois, area and would like to find out more about dental bonds or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and exam, give Southland Smiles at 708-794-4253 and start planning your visit.