Dental bonding uses soft composite resin to fix minor chips or cracks on teeth. The composite resin is pliable and can be molded and polished to match the look of a natural tooth. Tooth bonding is best for minor cosmetic dental concerns, including small gaps between teeth or single discolored teeth.
Dr. Samantha Leatherwood offers teeth bonding to patients in her Denton, TX dentist office. She consults patients on their dental concerns and uses their budget and goals to find the best cosmetic solution possible.
Dental Bonding Treatment
Dr. Leatherwood may recommend tooth bonding for cosmetic or restorative purposes. It is a sufficient treatment to help build up the dental structure of worn down teeth. Patients who are just beginning to try cosmetic dental treatments or have minor tooth repairs benefit from dental bonding treatment.
In addition, tooth bonding is a more economical option than similar treatments such as porcelain veneers. While dental veneers are permanent, tooth bonding is not. It is often used as a temporary treatment or on child who’s teeth are done developing yet. This economical treatment can be completed in a single office visit. Dr. Leatherwood will color-match the bonding material to the rest of your teeth for a natural look.
To begin dental bonding treatment, Dr. Leatherwood will prepare the tooth or teeth receiving treatment. This process involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel. Then, she will place the biocomposite material onto the tooth. It will need to be molded by hand into the desired shape.
Once the bonding material is the right color, shape, and size, Dr. Leatherwood uses light and heat to cure the biocompatible material. She will also ensure that the bonded teeth feel natural and comfortable on the teeth. In a single dentist appointment you can a brand new, aesthetically pleasing smile.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
It is important to be gentle with your teeth after dental bonding treatment. Bonding can chip, so it is very important to avoid nail-biting, chewing on ice and other hard food or objects. Additionally, you should avoid putting extra pressure on them. This includes using your teeth to open things such as plastic bags.
For the first two days after your dental bonding treatment, avoid drinking tea, coffee, or other beverages and foods that can stain the bonding material. Finally, scheduling regular dental appointments and taking good care of your oral health can help maintain the results of bonding treatment.
Tooth Bonding FAQs
Will dental insurance cover tooth bonding?
It will depend on how the treatment is being used. Tooth bonding is a suitable treatment for both restorative and cosmetic reasons. If the treatment is considered cosmetic such as having a gap closed, your dental insurance will not cover the treatment. On the other hand, if your treatment is for dental health reasons, such as building back up the tooth structure, then they will likely offer coverage.
Does tooth bonding require multiple visits to the dentist?
Typically, it only requires a single visit. The procedure is fairly simple and it only takes about an hour to complete a single tooth. However, if you have multiple teeth that require treatment, then you may need to come back for a second visit. Also, if you are having any issues with your treatment, please reach out to your dentist so they can look at the tooth and fix the problem.
Can I drink coffee with bonded teeth?
Like natural tooth enamel, the resin substance used in dental bonding can become discolored or stain over time. Your dental bonding may need to be replaced sooner if you regularly consume coffee, tea, wine, or other staining liquids.
What is the difference between dental bonding and porcelain veneers?
Dental bonding is less expensive and not permanent. The treatment is much less invasive and can be completed in a single office visit. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, is a much more involved treatment and is considered a permanent restoration. A small portion of the tooth enamel will need to be removed to accommodate the teeth veneers.
They are made of a custom piece of porcelain which will cost more than bonding material. In general, the veneers will last longer and protect the tooth better. A bonded tooth will need retreated eventually. Many patients choose dental bonding as a short-term solution or for minor problems.
Call Our Dental Office
Contact Leatherwood Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for dental bonding treatment by calling 940.398.0181. Request an appointment with Dr. Leatherwood on our website. Please let us know if you have any specific questions about your treatment options and we will be happy to answer them for you. We serve patients in Corinth, Denton, and other local communities.