Are your teeth worn and damaged but you don’t want complicated and expensive dental procedures needed to correct them? Cosmetic bonding may be the simple solution you have been looking for to refresh your smile. Dr. Mark Sowell of Sensational Smiles, your Plano, TX dental office, explains how this relatively inexpensive and increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can help you have the smile you want.
What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a process that repairs damage and defects in your tooth enamel. Dr. Sowell uses composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the damaged areas of your smile. Composite resin is similar to the spackle used in home repairs but for your teeth. It can be shaped to fill in any chip or indentation or reshape teeth, making it ideal for treating an assortment of cosmetic dental issues. Once the resin hardens or bonds — hence the name of the procedure — it will not only be as strong as your natural tooth enamel but it will look just like it as well. Dr. Sowell will select a composite resin that is colored to match your tooth enamel so that the bonded area is never obvious.
When is Dental Bonding Necessary?
When you smile or talk or eat, chips in teeth, even small ones, may be noticeable. But bonding can be used to fill in these chips. It can also be used to protect roots of teeth that may have been exposed due to receding gums. This can cause heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. Without the protective layer of tissue, eating can become downright painful. Covering the roots with composite resin can decrease this sensitivity while protecting the roots.
Maybe you have one tooth that doesn’t look like the others? Sometimes a tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still healthy and in perfectly good shape. Bonding material can be used to change the appearance and color of the tooth, making it resemble your other teeth again.
Cosmetic bonding is also a good choice for removing in small gaps between your teeth. Gaps in your teeth can trap food, making you feel self-conscious about the way your smile looks. Bonding is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to close those spaces and make eating easier.
While composite bonding doesn’t last quite as long as veneers, you should still be able to wear them for up to 10 years if you care for them properly. This means avoiding chewing on hard candy, ice cubes and other hard or sticky food that can crack your hardened composite material.
Types of Cosmetic Dental Bonding
There are two types of dental bonding: transitional bonding and direct bonding. These can last up to 10 years, depending on the type and extent of teeth bonding.
Direct dental bonding means placing tooth-colored composite restorations (fillings) on a single tooth or multiple teeth. This is done to restore function, size or shape – or even enhance the shade of your teeth. These direct bondings are done directly and dependent on the dentist’s sculpting skill and ability.
Transitional bonding can be used for anything from a mock-up to a full mouth rehabilitation. We call it “transitional” because it lets the patient transition into more permanent dentistry as he or she can afford, or as their treatment requires. Transitional bonding also allows Dr. Mark Sowell time to work out any bite-related and esthetic issues with your smile.
Transitional bonding is an important tool for such an accomplished cosmetic dentist in Plano, TX. Transitional bonding is most often used when a patient needs a phased solution to their problem. The result is usually 80% as nice as an ideal ceramic or porcelain result if done by a master at handling, contouring, layering and polishing composites.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding in Plano, TX
Cosmetic dental bonding can give you the healthy smile you’ve always wished for! Call Dr. Sowell, your dentist in Plano, TX at (972) 382-6855 or schedule online for your complimentary consultation. Why not take advantage of this versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment?