Cosmetic Bonding is a simple, fast and effective way to improve your smile. 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, a composite dental resin is bonded onto the teeth and then sculpted for a natural, esthetic result. Composite bonding is suitable for 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 to 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 key role during tooth bonding procedures since the dental resin is sculpted by hand without the use of 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 that you’ve had tooth bonding, but they will see your beautiful smile.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dental Bonding
- Natural, esthetic solution for chips, cracks, covering stains on teeth, wear, and other damage.
- 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, an advanced composite material that can be used to 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 to no 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 stain 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 office and takes less than an hour to complete. Dr. Grapevine will select the composite material that will closely match the color of your natural teeth for virtually unnoticeable treatment.
Dr. Grapevine will prepare the surface of the tooth (or teeth) to be treated. A conditioning liquid is applied to help the composite material adhere to the tooth. He will then apply it to the tooth and skillfully sculpt the resin by hand. The material is hardened by an ultraviolet light or laser and then shaped and polished to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
Teeth Bonding FAQs
Is tooth bonding better than porcelain veneers?
The answer really depends on the application. Overall, dental bonding does not live up to porcelain veneers standards. Dental bonding is more of a temporary fix to cosmetic issues, whereas veneers can be used for longer lasting restorations. Dental bonding is ore economical, but 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. It 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. Tooth bonding is a great option for patients that want to close gaps between their teeth without getting 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, give us a call today.