For smaller smile makeovers, dental bonding can make a huge difference quickly and easily. We can repair chips, cracks, and even close gaps between your teeth using tooth-colored composites. We can use the same techniques to also rebuild worn-down edges and fill cavities.
Dental bonding is the general term used to describe permanently attaching dental materials to your teeth using adhesives and a high-intensity curing light. For a practiced dentist, it’s a quick office visit that can dramatically improve your smile immediately. There is no need for temporaries or to wait for a lab to create a piece.
If you’ve ever had a porcelain filling, then you have experienced dental bonding, although often it comes without the drilling. The two primary forms of dental bonding are Direct Composite Bonding and Adhesive Bonding. Direct composite bonding is used for filling cavities, repairing cracks and chips, closing gaps, correcting misshapen teeth, rebuilding worn-down edges, and even restoring stained and discolored teeth. We can sculpt the composite material to create natural-looking teeth and a brighter smile.
Adhesive bonding is used to attach ceramic tooth crowns, porcelain veneers, bridges, and inlays and onlays. An inlay is similar to a filling, but it is custom-made to fit the prepared cavity and then cemented in place. An onlay is used when more reconstruction is needed, usually to repair the cusp (or edge) of a tooth. This approach keeps more of the tooth intact than a traditional dental crown.
In either case, the dentist will start with a rubber dam to isolate the teeth and keep the moisture out. We might give you some anesthetic if there is a lot of work to be done, just to make it more comfortable for you. We apply a gentle acid solution to the surface of the tooth to create a rough surface that allows for a stronger bond with the composite and adhesive. Once everything is in place (the composite resin material or the ceramic tooth crown, dental veneers, or inlay/overlay), we use a high-intensity light to cure the material and adhesive. Then we will put on the finishing touches to ensure that the work does not dislodge or cause sensitivity.
You might feel a little sensitivity right after treatment, however this should subside quickly. If it persists, please contact us right away.
Depending on what kind of smile makeover you want, we might suggest whitening your teeth before we begin restoring your smile. It’s often best to wait two to three weeks between whitening and bonding, just to make sure that you have the strongest bond on your new dental work.
The key to making the investment in dental bonding pay off is good oral hygiene. A strong regimen of brushing, flossing, and regular checkups can help your smile stay bright for years. Additionally, not biting your fingernails, chewing on ice, pens, or other hard objects can help prevent chipping.
If want to learn more about dental bonding, give us a call at 512-452-2273. Or make an appointment to see Dr. Matthews by clicking here. We look forward to helping your smile shine brighter.