Teeth bonding can be used for restorative and cosmetic purposes. It is an affordable and effective treatment that can deliver natural looking results. Tooth bonding provides long-term protection for your tooth enamel by coating your teeth. Dr. Mark Sowell, A dentist in Plano Texas, offers dental bonding to his patients for the following purposes:
- Repairs decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
- Repairs cracked or chipped teeth
- Improves the appearance of discolored teeth
- Closes spaces or gaps between teeth
- Lengthens the appearance of teeth
- Alters the shape of teeth
- Provides a cosmetic alternative to metal amalgam fillings
- Protects an exposed portion of the tooth’s root due to receding gums
Cosmetic teeth bonding can enhance the appearance of any smile in as little as one office visit. It can provide similar benefits as porcelain veneers or dental crowns but is less invasive and more affordable. Sometimes, patients use bonding to improve the appearance of their smile until they are ready for a more permanent solution.
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.
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. As an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Sowell has demonstrated his skills before a board of cosmetic dental examiners. These direct bondings are done directly and dependent on the dentist’s sculpting skill and ability. They work well for many years and can be replaced by porcelain ceramics in a phased approach over time. Often, transitional bondings are used for younger teenage and 20-something patients because they are more affordable than ceramics.
Dr. Sowell will begin the procedure by preparing the teeth that will be bonded. This involves removing a minimal amount of surface structure to allow for the composite material to be sculpted into place. He will directly apply a tooth-colored resin and sculpt it into the desired shape for a natural result that can last for several years or more with proper dental care.
Tooth Bonding Before & After
The upper right canine and lateral teeth were worn down, damaged by teeth grinding. Plano, TX dentist, Dr. Sowell used direct bonding to restore the teeth, matching the anatomy and color of her natural teeth. The repair to her canines and lateral is undetectable and blend seamlessly with her natural smile.