If you have minor problems with your teeth, such as chips or discoloration, you may want to find a way to improve your smile that is relatively inexpensive. You may have children that have chipped or broken their teeth in an accident, and you’re looking for a quick fix that doesn’t require too much time. Dental bonding is a simple solution that works best when treating such minor imperfections in your smile. You can talk to your dentist to see if this treatment will work for you.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
The bonding material is made out of a composite resin which adheres to your tooth. The resin is sculpted, hardened, and polished into the shape it needs to be to fix your crack, replace a chipped portion of your tooth, cover your stains, or reshape your teeth. Your tooth bonding will match the color of your teeth to blend in discreetly with your smile. Small cavities can also be filled with composite resin to restore the tooth, since it looks more natural and bonds more effectively than amalgam fillings.
The Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding has several advantages over other cosmetic treatments, such as crowns and veneers. Besides being a more cost-effective solution, only one office visit is generally required. The resin can be applied to your tooth easily during a single appointment. In addition, no anesthesia is required, unless we are filling a tooth. Bonding also requires less enamel modification than crowns or veneers. However, bonding is less durable and more liable to stain, and in some cases, it might not be the most beneficial solution. Typically, bonding is recommended for minor cosmetic issues; if your smile requires more involved improvement, or if you prefer a more permanent solution, then we might recommend a customized dental crown or porcelain veneers.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE COSMETIC DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.