Achieving a smile that you are proud of doesn’t have to be an invasive, complicated, or drawn-out process. Our dentists use composite bonding to correct damage, discoloration, and erosion. This procedure effectively hides minor blemishes for a healthier, more cohesive appearance. With bonding, our Live Oak Dental Group team can help you achieve a beautiful, more cohesive smile immediately by effectively hiding minor blemishes.
What is Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding involves applying special tooth-colored composite resin to the teeth to improve the shape, color, and overall appearance of the smile. Do you want bonding for one tooth or an entire row? Our cosmetic dentists can help you have the gorgeous smile that you’ve always wanted.
Dental Bonding vs. Fillings
While dental bonding and fillings follow similar procedure patterns and use the same material, they are not the same treatment. The major difference between the bonding and filling is the purpose of each treatment:
- Bonding is considered a component of cosmetic dentistry. Although it can help with functionality and prolong the life of a tooth, this technique is primarily used to improve appearances.
- Dental fillings are a restorative dentistry technique used to correct minor cavities and damage.
What can dental bonding correct?
Dental bonding is a versatile technique that can be used to enhance the function, form, and feel of the teeth. If you want to change the way your smile looks dramatically, bonding can help you achieve your goals in record time.
Please consider bonding if you want to:
- Close spaces between your teeth
- Even out small chips, cracks, or blemishes
- Adjust the size or shape of your teeth
What to Expect
Dental bonding is a virtually painless, conservative procedure that can usually be completed in between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Typically, here’s what to expect during a dental bonding session:
- First, your dentist prepares the teeth by removing unwanted dental tissue and etching the enamel. (Preparing the teeth in this way helps the resin bond material adhere to each tooth.)
- After preparation, your dentist applies composite resin directly to the teeth for a more appealing, natural-looking shape. He or she will take the time to handcraft each tooth carefully.
- Once the bonding agent is applied in the ideal spots, your dentist beams a high-intensity UV light to cure the bonding resin to teeth.
- As a final touch, your dentist will polish the tooth.
- A bonus of dental bonding is that there is no downtime. Once the procedure is over, you may continue your everyday activity instantly.
Nearly everyone qualifies for dental bonding. When debating if you are eligible for bonding, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is your mouth overall healthy?
- Do you have unmanagable periodontal disease?
- Do you have extensive existing dental restorations?