Dental Bonding: Conservative Treatment with Dramatic Results
Dental damage, no matter how minor, can detract from an otherwise beautiful smile. Often a cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers, dental bonding is used as both a cosmetic and restorative treatment for minor chips and cracks in the teeth at our Richardson, TX, practice.
Dr. G. Brooks Haney has decades of experience delivering high-quality, compassionate care to families in our community. Skilled and knowledgeable, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Operative Dentistry and has fulfilled three terms as a representative on the Dallas County Peer Review Board.
About Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a versatile procedure, providing both cosmetic and restorative benefits. Bonding uses the same composite resin as in tooth-colored fillings. This substance can be used to restore a cracked or chipped tooth to its original shape and size. It can also camouflage discoloration and even make a slightly misaligned tooth appear flusher to the neighboring teeth.
Conservative Treatment with Dramatic Results
When a tooth is chipped or fractured, the recommended treatment will depend on the extensiveness of the damage. While severe cracks may require porcelain veneers or dental crowns, mild to moderate damage can often be addressed with dental bonding. This allows patients to restore their smile and reinforce tooth structure without the need for expensive restorations.
Unlike custom restorations, which take two to three weeks and multiple office visits, dental bonding can be completed in a single appointment.
From a cosmetic standpoint, many of our patients choose dental bonding as an affordable alternative to porcelain veneers. While veneer placement requires the removal of natural enamel and alteration of the teeth, bonding leaves healthy tooth structure intact, preserving the integrity of your smile.
Candidacy for Dental Bonding
Candidates should be in good oral health before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. Therefore, if extensive tooth decay or gum disease is present, these issues will be addressed first before pursuing bonding.
Those considering dental bonding should also have a full understanding of the treatment process and have realistic expectations. While custom restorations typically last around 15 to 20 years, bonding will need to be touched up approximately every six to seven years. Composite resin is not impervious to staining, so it is important to avoid dark-colored foods and beverages as much as possible.
Dental Bonding Process
Unlike custom restorations, which take two to three weeks and multiple office visits to place, dental bonding can be completed in a single appointment. To begin the dental bonding process, a custom color will be chosen to match your surrounding teeth for a seamless appearance.
Next, dental etch will be applied. This substance roughens the tooth surface and prepares it for bonding. Then, the composite resin material is applied and molded to achieve the desired shape and size. Once this step is complete, a dental curing light will be used to harden the material. Finally, Dr. Haney will shape the tooth and polish it to a natural-looking shine.
Refine Your Smile
Whether your goals are cosmetic or restorative in nature, we can help you achieve and maintain the smile you desire. Our team can assess your dental health and recommend a conservative, cost-effective treatment plan to meet your needs. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at (972) 644-9595.