There are many ways that cosmetic dentistry can be used to improve your smile. However, not all the cosmetic treatments also come with restorative dentistry benefits, too. This is why the team here at Rivercrest Family Dental in New Braunfels, TX, encourages all of our patients to learn more about dental bonding.
What is Dental Bonding?
Whether it is called dental bonding or cosmetic bonding, it is a process that uses tooth colored composite resin. This is applied to the surface of an individual tooth, or multiple teeth, to cosmetically improve the appearance. An “official” list of the things that dental bonding can address, includes:
- Teeth that are deeply stained and unable to be whitened
- Decayed teeth (typically this is for surface decay on the face of a tooth)
- Teeth that are suffering from root exposure due to gum recession
- As a superior option to outdated amalgam (metal) fillings
- Misshapen teeth
- Teeth that are unevenly sized, such as too short
- Broken, chipped or cracked teeth
- Gapped teeth
As your chosen dentist in New Braunfels, we can offer dental bonding as an affordable, fast and reliable solution. The way it is done is simple. We prepare the tooth as needed (this can include using a filling for tooth decay) or simply roughing up the surface to create a good bond with the resin. The tooth colored resin is then applied to the individual tooth, shaped and then hardened with a special light unit. Lastly, the cosmetic dentist is going to polish and finish shaping the tooth.
Most patients do not even require any sort of anesthetic to have dental bonding done. It is a great way to get a cosmetic fix for a single tooth or multiple issues, and all with one convenient visit. Though it may not be appropriate for all the issues listed above, it is a very popular option that lasts for a long time.
It does not respond to whitening, so those who want the brightest smiles may want to discuss some whitening prior to treatment to ensure the very best results.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Cosmetic Dentist Today
Would you like to learn more about dental bonding? If so, give us a call at our New Braunfels, TX office at 830-625-7611. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.