If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your smile and teeth, you are not alone. The good news is that you do not have to continue hiding your teeth every time you smile. We offer porcelain veneers, which mask tooth flaws with the placement of thin porcelain shells. We also offer cosmetic dental bonding, which is a less expensive and quicker solution. Cosmetic dental bonding offers a number of uses for our Sugar Land patients. To find out if you are a good candidate for treatment, contact our practice today.
What Is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
Bonding, which is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures, involves the use of a composite resin material that is shaped and polished to match the rest of the teeth. Bonding is most often used to fix minor imperfections, such as discolored or chipped teeth.
After the tooth has been textured slightly, the bonding material is applied directly to the surface of the tooth. The material is shaped to the desired appearance, concealing flaws and improving the size or shape of the tooth.
The material used in dental bonding treatment blends in with the surrounding teeth so it looks natural. Cosmetic dental bonding is an excellent option for patients who are looking for an effective, non-invasive cosmetic treatment.
What Are the Most Common Uses of Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
Bonding has a wide variety of uses, including:
- Adding length to the teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Concealing stains on teeth, or improving the overall color of a tooth
- Filling in cracks or fixing a chipped tooth
- Improving the shape of a tooth that is misshapen or too short
- Treating small cavities without compromising the look of the tooth or the appearance of the smile
What Kind of Preparation Is Needed for Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
This simple procedure requires no preparation in most cases. Anesthesia might be required for bonding that is being done to fill a decayed tooth.
The Cosmetic Dental Bonding Procedure
First, your dentist will choose a composite resin shade that will match your tooth color as closely as possible. Then, the surface of the tooth will be slightly roughened. A conditioning liquid is applied, which will ensure the bonding material adheres to the tooth.
Once the tooth is ready, your dentist will apply the bonding material and mold and smooth it into the proper shape. An ultraviolet light or laser is used to harden the material. Once it is hardened, your dentist will shape and polish it so it matches the rest of your tooth’s surface.
The procedure, which is entirely non-invasive, is generally completed in just one appointment. If you are having more than one tooth done, however, you may need to schedule additional visits.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding Aftercare
One important thing to remember about the bonding is that the composite resin is not as strong as your natural tooth. Bonding should last for several years before repairs are required, but habits such as biting your fingernails or chewing on pens can wear down the bonding material. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and go to your dentist for regularly scheduled cleanings.
Contact Us for More Information
Stop trying to hide an imperfect smile and find out if cosmetic dental bonding is right for you. Contact our office today and let us recommend a treatment plan that will give you a smile you can smile about.