Are you embarrassed to show off your smile? Do you have spaced or discolored teeth that are preventing you from looking your very best? If so, then you may want to consider speaking to your dentist about dental bonding. Dental bonding is a procedure in which a resin is applied to the tooth in order to remedy a number of dental issues. Dr. Schoening has been utilizing dental bonding for years to help her patients achieve whiter, more vibrant smiles, and is experienced in fixing a variety of dental health problems with this simple but effective procedure. Below you will find a bit more information about dental bonding as well as an explanation of how it can benefit you.
The term dental bonding is used in dentistry to describe permanently attaching dental materials to your teeth using dental adhesives and a high intensity curing light.
Whether you realize it or not, you’ve probably received a dental treatment involving either form of dental bonding: direct composite bonding or adhesive bonding of a restoration (crown, bridge, porcelain veneer) that was created in a laboratory or in-office.
Direct Composite Dental Bonding
Dentists use tooth-colored composites (white or natural-looking materials) that they have in their offices to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, close gaps between your teeth and build up the worn-down edges of teeth. Dentists place the materials in or on the teeth where needed.
Because direct composite dental bonding involves the precise placement of restorative material by the dentist, the direct composite bonding procedure usually is completed in one dental visit. More complicated or extensive treatments may require additional visits. However, there is usually no need for temporaries or waiting days or weeks for laboratory restorations.
What dental problems can dental bonding remedy?
As mentioned before, dental bonding is useful for the repair of a number of oral health issues. Dental bonding can repair discolored teeth, repair cracked teeth or teeth that are chipped, close or lessen the gap between spaced teeth, change the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, and it can even be used to fill cavities. Dental bonding can also protect an exposed root of a tooth in cases where the gum has begun to recede from the tooth. Essentially, bonding can be of benefit to those who suffer from tooth decay or for those who merely want to change the look or shape of their teeth. It is often a good alternative for other more costly or involved cosmetic dentistry treatments. The resin that is used is actually tooth colored making it an ideal way to achieve a beautiful smile in just one dentist visit. Rather than have to wait days or even weeks for veneers or crowns, which often have to be sent away to a lab to completed, all of the bonding work is done right in our dental office.
How long does the process take and how long does it last?
The entire dental bonding process usually only takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. During the actual procedure Dr. Schoening will first clean your teeth then roughen its surface, before applying a conditioning liquid. (It’s important to note that only a minimal amount of your tooth’s surface needs to be removed, unlike a variety of other cosmetic dentistry treatments.) Following this, the resin is applied to your tooth and a special light is used to harden the bonding resin. Once it has hardened, the Dr. will further shape the resin and trim away any unnecessary areas. It will also be polished to look more natural. Typically, bonding can last anywhere from 3 to 10 years. We will monitor your bonding during your regularly scheduled dental exams, and will make any necessary touch ups.
If you want to have a bright, brilliant smile that you’ve always dreamed about, please call (817) 275-4355 or email us today to schedule your appointment. Dr. Schoening has helped a number of her patients to remedy their dental issues with bonding, and can give you the smile that you deserve as well!