Dental, or tooth bonding, is a cosmetic dental procedure to improve the appearance and functionality of teeth. The procedure involves using composite resin material that matches the color of your tooth to fill fractures, cracks, and gaps between the teeth.
Dental bonding can be used to mask tooth discoloration.
Our Justin dentists, Dr. Greg or Dr. Chris, will first examine your teeth to check whether dental bonding is the right procedure for your dental issues. If you qualify, they’ll compare a shade guide with your teeth to ensure the bonding material matches your teeth.
Our dentists will apply a mild acidic solution on the teeth to roughen the surface. Sometimes we use Teflon, or dentist's tape, to cover the surrounding teeth and protect it from the acid. We then rinse away the acidic solution and apply the bonding agent, followed by the bonding material then proceeds to shape it to the desired shape.
Once the bonding agent takes shape, we use a special LED light to cure the bonding agent for about 20 to 30 seconds. The curing process helps the bonding agent adhere and attach securely to the teeth. We’ll then polish the teeth to shape and give them a natural sheen.
We might ask you to bite a piece of articulation paper to check your bite alignment. This allows for any necessary adjustments before sending you home. We also conduct a final visual inspection to ensure the bonding color matches and the bonding aligns with the rest of the teeth.
Dental bonding is less invasive than other cosmetic dental procedures like veneers and dental crowns. The dentist won’t require removing the enamel or dentin for dental bonding.
Dental bonding can correct a variety of smile imperfections, including chipped, fractured, and severely stained teeth. It can also fill in large, unappealing gaps between teeth. Dental bonding also restores the proper functioning of these damaged teeth and protects them from decay.
Dental bonding is more affordable than other cosmetic dental procedures for correcting teeth imperfections. It’s an excellent option for patients with a tight budget but is just as effective as the more expensive treatments.
Dental bonding can also be used to protect exposed tooth roots.
Yes, dental bonding is completely reversible since it’s an additive treatment that doesn’t need the removal of your dental. The bonding is simply added to your teeth and if you wish, you can schedule for its removal. However, doing so is mostly unnecessary, unless you’re opting for more expensive cosmetic dental treatments.
Did You Know…Dental bonding can be used to change the shape of teeth and make them look longer or wider.
Dental bonding can be used to change the shape of teeth and make them look longer or wider..