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Bonding in the Virgin Islands

At VI Dental Center, our team is prepared to answer all questions pertaining to bonding. Oral hygiene, specifically brushing and flossing, are a vital part of your dental health. We can also answer your questions about the different dental specialties and explain your options for treatment.

Dental Bonding

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  • Efficiency: Dental bonding is quick, affordable, and can significantly improve your smile by fixing chips, cracks, and discoloration, typically without anesthesia.
  • Care: Your dentist can provide information about maintaining your bonded teeth, including the importance of oral hygiene and avoiding behaviors that could damage the composite resin.
  • Eligibility: Before bonding, a consultation will assess your oral health, ensuring only suitable candidates proceed. The procedure and care post-treatment will also be discussed.
  • Support: Beyond cosmetic improvements, VI Dental Center provides a range of dental services, emphasizing our commitment to patient health, comfort, and satisfaction.
  • Contact us today at our St. Thomas office at (340) 776-6056 or our St. Croix office at (340) 772-6000 to schedule your appointment. 

Dental bonding, a procedure designed to correct imperfections in teeth such as chips, gaps, or discoloration, uses a tooth-colored resin material that is applied and hardened with a UV or resin light. This ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve a person’s smile. It’s an affordable, efficient, and minimally invasive option for those looking to enhance their dental aesthetics without the commitment of more extensive procedures.

With a state-of-the-art clinic, our dental team can help you with enhancing your smile. At VI Dental Center, our team is prepared to answer all questions pertaining to bonding. Oral hygiene, specifically brushing and flossing, is a vital part of your dental health. We can also answer your questions about the different dental specialties and explain your options for treatment. Do not hesitate to contact us to schedule a consultation or ask any questions you might have.

How Does Bonding Work in Cosmetic Dentistry?

Dental bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, or discolored. This form of restorative dentistry may be highly beneficial and attractive to many dental patients who want to improve their smile.

The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. After the liquid and resin is set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to a natural appearance.

The bonding helps conceal damage and provides a degree of protection for your teeth. Bonding can also help reduce the risk of weakened enamel and cavities. The process typically takes 30 minutes to an hour per tooth and does not usually require anesthesia. This is an excellent treatment for those who want to improve the appearance of their smile while avoiding pain, especially if there is surface-level damage to the teeth.

What Should You Consider Before Undergoing Cosmetic Bonding?

The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, some things to consider before undergoing cosmetic bonding include:

Staining

Since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip, or break than natural teeth. However, staining is easy to avoid and can be addressed with regular brushing. If you need assistance understanding how to care for your teeth after undergoing bonding, your VI Dental Center dentist can provide you with guidance and education.

Replacement Requirements

Bonding typically lasts three to five years before need of repair. While it is a relatively long-term solution to improve your smile, it will need replacement over time.

Separation

There is also a small risk of separation between the natural tooth and the composite resin, especially for individuals who bite their nails, chew on ice, bite down on hard candies, and other activities that could put unnecessary stress on the composite. We encourage you to refrain from these behaviors to prevent further damage to your teeth in general.

You can contact us if you have any questions about VI Dental Center’s bonding process or any of our other general dentistry practices. We may help you determine what other cosmetic treatments will work best for you. We’re also happy to help you walk through your options for care, whether you are looking for cosmetic dental care or general dentistry for your health.

What to Expect During Your Bonding Consultation

Before you can receive bonding treatment, your dentist will need to assess the overall health of your teeth and gums. 

Determining Whether You Qualify for Bonding

Typically, individuals in good oral health are eligible for bonding from a qualified dentist, but your provider can help determine what treatment options are best for you. For example, if the damaged area experiences low bite pressure, bonding will likely be effective for the patient’s goals.

Discussions About Necessary Treatment

Individuals with oral health issues, such as tooth decay or gum disease, will need to address these problems adequately before the dentist can begin bonding.

What the Procedure Will Look Like

Your dentist may also tell you about the likelihood of using drills or anesthesia. Typically, these are not necessary, but they may be used if there is damage close to a nerve or other similar issues. Your dentist will also need to ensure the resin used matches the look of your teeth, so discussions about this process may also come up during your consultation.

How Else Can the Dentists at VI Dental Center Help You?

If you are looking for outstanding dental care that goes above and beyond the cosmetic appearance of your smile, you’re in the right place. In addition to composite bonding, we utilize many other processes to improve your dental health and smile appearance.

The following are some of the other procedures and techniques we utilize to provide patients with invaluable and quality care:

  • Crowns and bridges
  • Traditional braces
  • Implants
  • Night guard and grind guard fittings
  • Cleanings and deep cleanings
  • Hygiene education
  • Medication prescriptions
  • Referrals to additional dental specialists

At VI Dental Center, we know you deserve high-quality care. We pride ourselves on prioritizing the health and well-being of our patients, all while ensuring they feel as comfortable as possible while they are receiving care. We utilize state-of-the-art dental techniques and practices so you can feel confident when you receive care from our team.

Get Seen By A Virgin Island Dentist Today! Contact Us to Receive Outstanding Dental Bonding Results

VI Dental Center is the step towards a beautiful, healthy smile. We can’t wait to meet you!

For those seeking a brighter, more beautiful smile in the Virgin Islands, VI Dental Center is your premier destination. Our team of dedicated dentists – including Dr. Jones, Dr. Cabbell, and Dr. Wall – is ready to transform your smile with the latest in dental bonding technology. Our mission over the last 15 years has been to serve families in the Virgin Islands with the incredible experience they truly deserve. 

Whether you need cosmetic treatment, wisdom tooth removal, a root canal, Orthodontics, or anything in between, VI Dental wants to serve you. We’re your Virgin Islands Dentist! Located in both St. Thomas and St. Croix, we offer convenient, compassionate care tailored to meet your individual needs. Contact us today at our St. Thomas office at (340) 776-6056 or our St. Croix office at (340) 772-6000 to schedule your appointment. You can also get in touch with us through our contact form.

Get Seen By A Virgin Island Dentist Today!

VI Dental Center is the step towards a beautiful, healthy smile. We can’t wait to meet you!

Our mission over the last 15 years has been to serve families in the Virgin Islands with the incredible experience they truly deserve. Whether you need cosmetic treatmentwisdom tooth removal, a root canalOrthodontics, or anything in between, VI Dental wants to serve you. We’re your Virgin Islands Dentist!

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