Q: What is dental bonding?
A: Dental bonding is a procedure which utilizes a composite resin and is used for a variety of structural as well as cosmetic purposes. By using dental composite resin bonding, Texas cosmetic dentist, Dr. Konig can restore your chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps between your teeth, and reshape or recolor your smile.
Q: What is the difference between bonding and porcelain veneers?
A: Bonding refers to putting a tooth-like substance onto the existing tooth to build it up and/or change its shape. Often, no tooth structure is removed prior to adding the bonding material, so it is usually only used to fix broken or chipped teeth. The benefits to using bonding are that it is conservative, simple, and less expensive than other treatment methods. However, disadvantages include that bonding material may discolor over time, as well as being more susceptible to breaking.
Porcelain veneers and dental crowns don’t have the same disadvantages. They won’t get discolored and they are more durable. The disadvantages to these treatments are the higher cost and the more intensive tooth preparation. However, this trade-off may be well worth it if you want a more natural-looking appearance following treatment. Veneers cover all the surfaces of your tooth except the back (front, sides, and chewing) so they effectively become part of your teeth. They also have the benefit of being able to be repaired if they ever break or chip.
Q: What happens during the dental bonding procedure?
A: Dr. Konig will use a special composite bonding resin to build up, reform, or even whiten your tooth. This dental bonding agent adheres to your tooth, and after it hardens, it can be similar in hardness to your actual tooth enamel. The shade of the bonding agent can be customized to ensure as a close a match as possible with your surrounding natural teeth. Combined with your natural-looking dental bonding, Dr. Konig will sometimes recommend tooth whitening as well to ensure that you receive a bright, uniform color and smile.
Please refer to our Smile Gallery or Dental Bonding to see examples of tooth problems that Dr. Konig has treated using dental bonding.
Q: How long does dental bonding last?
A: Depending on how you maintain your new tooth bonding and how frequently you obtain regular dental dare, your dental bonding may last seven years or more.
For more information about tooth bonding or to schedule a dental bonding consultation in our Houston, Texas office, please email or call us today.
Providing smile makeovers with dental bonding for patients across the U.S., for international patients and in the Houston, Texas area including Galveston, Katy, and Sugar Land.