Dental bonding is a popular, noninvasive cosmetic dentistry treatment that is used to cosmetically repair teeth that have minor imperfections or cracks. It is also used as an alternative to amalgam fillings to conceal blemishes on the enamel while restoring a tooth’s appearance. During dental bonding, a composite resin material is adhered to the surface of a tooth and then hardened using a special light. Because dental bonds are wafer-thin, they allow patients to retain the majority of their natural tooth structure. They can also be used to repair discoloration and abrasions, close gaps between teeth, and improve the overall shape of a tooth.
Although dental bonding is a relatively quick procedure, it is best used on small cosmetic issues. If a patient is in need of more restorative dental care, such as dental crowns or braces, it is best to speak with a dentist about alternatives. In some cases, your dentist may suggest a combination of treatments to achieve optimal results.
The composite resin material used in dental bonding can be specially formulated to match the shade of your surrounding teeth for a seamless look. Once the material has been applied, it will be contoured and polished to create a natural-looking finish. This makes the process ideal if you are looking to enhance your smile with porcelain veneers but are not comfortable with the idea of completely altering your smile.
At-home care following dental bonding is minimal. Patients should practice diligent oral hygiene habits to maintain their oral health and avoid staining the composite material. It is important to avoid chewing on hard foods or objects that could chip the material. Additionally, patients who smoke are advised to refrain from tobacco use as the chemicals can discolor the resin over time. However, if properly maintained, dental bonds can last several years before needing replacement.
Unlike dental crowns and porcelain veneers, which are made in a dental lab and require multiple visits for placement, dental bonding is an affordable treatment that can be completed in one visit and without any invasive procedures. This is a quick way to transform your smile. It is also the most affordable cosmetic procedure in dentistry. Moreover, since the procedure is completed in a single visit, you will not need to schedule additional time off from work or make any major changes to your daily routine. For these reasons and more, dental bonding has become the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry among patients who want to enhance the appearance of their smiles.
Wondering what more dental bonding can do? Call us at (832) 939-9999 or email us at [email protected] Visit us in Sweetwater Dental Studio at 4840 Sweetwater Blvd suite A, Sugar Land, TX 77479.
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