What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that helps repair the aesthetic look of the smile by filling in gaps or cracks with a tooth-colored composite resin – making the seal invisible. Bonding is an effective and affordable treatment that helps strengthen weakened areas and fix minor flaws in the smile. This procedure helps create flawless looking smiles by fixing irregularities in the teeth.
In Waco, Dr. Williams and Dr. Quigley use dental bonding to precisely improve dental aesthetics as well as oral health and function. By precisely applying the bonding resin to specific parts of your smile, our Waco dentists ensure that patients receive personalized treatment and get long-lasting results.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding is a simple and easy procedure that can be completed in as little as one appointment with one of our Waco dentist. However, the time needed to complete the procedure varies according to each individual case. If you’re bonding more than one tooth, be prepared to spend a little more time with our team at Today’s Family Dental. Speaking with our Waco dentists and scheduling a consultation can help give you a better idea of what to expect.
The procedure consists of several steps:
- Choosing the right shade of the composite resin color in order to best match the rest of your teeth.
- Etching of the damaged teeth to roughen and prepare it for the bonding.
- Covering the tooth with a conditioning liquid in order to help the bonding material conform.
- Once the tooth is ready – the resin is applied, molded, and smoothed until the dentist has determined the right shape.
- The bonding material is hardened using a laser or ultraviolet light.
- Once the material has hardened, your dentist will once again shape and trim the resin.
- Lastly, the tooth will be polished until the shine matches with the rest of your smile.
Once the procedure has been completed, your Waco dentist will give further instructions on how to care for bonded teeth after treatment. However, it is highly recommended that patients refrain from eating and drinking substances that stain teeth such as tea, coffee, and wine in the first 48hrs following treatment – as well as smoking.
When to Consider Bonding
Dental bonding, much like other cosmetic procedures, is an optional treatment that can help improve a person’s smile. Although it isn’t an absolute necessity for keeping teeth healthy, it can help improve a person’s confidence and repair a damaged smile.
Ideal candidates for dental bonding include those with decayed, chipped, fractured, or discolored teeth – as well as those with the appearance of longer teeth. Dental bonding is also a great cosmetic alternative to traditional amalgam fillings.
Learn More about Dental Bonding Today
If you have chipped teeth or gaps in your smile that you feel self-conscious about, it’s time to consider dental bonding at Today’s Family Dental. Our Waco dentists and skilled staff are here to help you reach your cosmetic goals. Contact us today to discover what we can do for you! We look forward to hearing from you!
A noticeable space between the front teeth.
Bonding fills the space, but still keeps the teeth looking natural.