Cosmetic Tooth Bonding is a simple, fast, and effective way to improve your smile. Tooth bonding is a popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Bonding is an additive procedure for front and back teeth to enhance the smile and eliminate tooth decay or damage. During the process, we bond a composite dental resin onto the teeth and then sculpt this material for a natural, esthetic result. Dr. Jacob Grapevine provides cosmetic tooth bonding in Plano, TX.
Composite bonding suits patients of all ages and offers a conservative approach to cosmetic and restorative concerns.
Dr. Grapevine is an experienced cosmetic dentist and can achieve natural-looking results with tooth bonding. Dental bonding can address a wide range of common dental concerns:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Tooth decay
- Misshape teeth
What Is Tooth Bonding?
Dr. Grapevine’s artistic skill and expertise play a crucial role during tooth bonding procedures since the dental resin is sculpted by hand without molds or impressions. Dental resins come in a rainbow of tooth-colored shades for a perfect match to your natural teeth. No one will notice you’ve had tooth bonding, but they will see your beautiful smile.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dental Bonding
- A natural, esthetic solution for chips, cracks, covering stains on teeth, wear, and other damage.
- It is a relatively inexpensive procedure that is often covered by your dental insurance.
- Completed most often in a single office visit.
- With teeth whitening performed before bonding can brighten one’s smile.
- Although it does not last as long as porcelain, it does last an average of 5-10 years.
Advanced Cosmetic Bonding with Bioclear in Plano, TX
Cosmetic bonding is evolving with the development of Bioclear. This advanced composite material can address “black triangles” between teeth, diastemas, and other concerns, often requiring a dental veneer. Dr. Grapevine can use Bioclear to make over your smile with minimal tooth preparation in a single visit to our Plano dentist office.
Bioclear can offer several key benefits for your long-term dental health when compared to alternatives, including dental veneers:
- No need to degrade a large amount of tooth surface
- Material is both stains resistant and durable
- Reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease by eliminating spaces where food can become trapped
Bioclear is also easy to repair should damage occur and does not have an effect on the health of your gums. Dr. Grapevine can use Bioclear and traditional composite bonding to address a range of concerns and improve the aesthetics of your smile:
- Gaps between teeth, diastemas
- Peg laterals
- Black triangles between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Discolored teeth
About the Teeth Bonding Procedure
Cosmetic teeth bonding is typically completed during a single visit to our Plano, TX dentist’s office. It takes less than an hour to complete dental bonding treatment. Dr. Grapevine will select the composite material that will closely match the color of your natural teeth for virtually unnoticeable treatment.
To begin bonding treatment, Dr. Grapevine will prepare the tooth’s surface (or teeth) to be treated. He applies a conditioning liquid to help the composite material adhere to the tooth. Then he will then apply it to the tooth and skillfully sculpt the resin by hand. He hardens material with ultraviolet light or laser. Finally, he shapes and polishes the tooth to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
How to Care for Bonded Teeth
After you receive composite bonding, you need to avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods. For the first 48 hours following your bonding treatment, do not consume foods and beverages that stain teeth. We also ask that you refrain from consuming acidic foods and drinks. Acids can alter the appearance of your bonding. You can damage or stain your new smile.
Additionally, to prevent damage to your bonded teeth:
- Avoid biting your nails
- Do not use your teeth as tools
- Avoid biting ice or other hard objects or foods
You can brush and floss your teeth just like natural teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. While bonding material is unaffected by harmful bacteria, surrounding teeth and gums can still get cavities. Your bonded tooth is also prone to decay. Gum disease or tooth decay that affects your tooth can weaken bonding material.
Ensure that you visit the dentist for biannual visits and properly clean your bonded teeth to prevent decay. A proper oral hygiene routine will keep your bonded teeth bright and intact.
Teeth Bonding FAQs
Learn more about dental bonding treatment with answers to commonly asked questions:
Is tooth bonding better than porcelain veneers?
The answer really depends on the application. Overall, dental bonding does not live up to porcelain veneer standards. Dental bonding is a temporary fix to cosmetic issues. On the other hand, veneers can be used for longer-lasting restorations. Tooth bonding is more economical, but dental veneers last much longer and are more durable.
How long does it take to bond a tooth?
Tooth bonding at the dentist takes a single visit. We can typically apply bonding material to one tooth in about 30 to 60 minutes. Cosmetic bonding is a quick and straightforward process that does not require invasive measures. You might not even need local anesthesia, depending on where the material is being placed.
Can I use dental bonding to close the gap between my front teeth?
Yes. Cosmetic tooth bonding is a great option for patients who want to close gaps between teeth. Bonding can close gaps without dental braces or completing a full Invisalign treatment. Porcelain veneers are also a great option for this common issue. To learn more about your cosmetic options for gaps and crooked teeth, call us today.
Enhance Your Smile With Tooth Bonding
Do you have one or more damaged, stained, or slightly crooked teeth? Call Dr. Grapevine’s office for cosmetic tooth bonding in Plano, TX, today at (972) 449-5759. Feel free to schedule a dental appointment with us online. Contact us if you have any questions about composite bonding or are unsure if bonding is right for you. We’re here to help.