Cosmetic Bonding An Overview
In general, cosmetic dental bonding is a quick and easy procedure. Dr. Alla Brown has completed many tooth bonding procedures with effective long-term results. Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers dental bonding to treat minor cosmetic or functional issues including:
- Chipped or cracked teeth: This affordable procedure has been used to fix tooth damage that may not warrant getting a porcelain veneer, or dental crown.
- Gaps between teeth: The bonding procedure can effectively close the gap between two front teeth.
- Discolored tooth structure: Hide odd stains on a single tooth with dental bonding. Avoid getting a full tooth whitening procedure.
- Appearance of uneven teeth: Teeth that are shorter than neighboring teeth, or oddly shaped, can be fixed with dental bonding.
Tooth Bonding Before & After
Dr. Brown corrected this patient’s broken front tooth with a simple tooth bonding treatment. The porcelain or composite resin material is strong enough to withstand bite force and minor hits. It’s as strong as your natural teeth.
Cosmetic Bonding What to Expect
In cosmetic dentistry, dental bonding is used to improve the appearance of teeth and enhance your smile. For this procedure, Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry will use a biocompatible composite resin as the main material. This resin is applied directly to the tooth and sculpted into the proper shape to match your other teeth. Our dentists will begin the procedure with a thorough cleaning. This will ensure that we address any tooth decay and other issues before starting. After the cleaning, we will apply the moldable resin. Dr. Brown, or Dr. Newberry will use their artistic eye to form the resin into the tooth. It will be then cured using a special light that almost instantaneously hardens the material. You will be able to continue normal eating and drinking in as little as an hour.
Composite dental bonding is a conservative method of treatment and is usually complete in less than an hour. Composite bonding does not remove any of the tooth’s natural structure as happens in porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
Dental composites are not as durable or long lasting as porcelain veneers or crowns, but they are durable. With proper routine oral care, they can last for years. They may need to be retouched or replaced in the future. Dental composites are more susceptible to staining from foods and beverages, so special care should be taken to ensure long term success.
Ask your dentist if dental bonding is right for you. Schedule a visit online, or give us a call at (678) 359-4707 today.