What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic and restorative technique that has been performed as a convenient way to improve the appearance of a tooth or teeth. The process involves the application of a multi-colored resin blend, which is hardened with light to bond to the front surface of the tooth.
Who are the ideal candidates for dental bonding?
Dental bonding may be a good treatment option for individuals who have minor aesthetic problems they would like to correct. Patients who can undergo this treatment have healthy teeth and are free of excessive trauma or decay. Bonding is not appropriate for large cosmetic problems, such as significant gaps in between teeth or teeth that appear too short. Bonding is not intended for the restoration of broken teeth but may be used to disguise small chips in certain areas of a tooth.
What problems can dental bonding fix?
Dental bonding is primarily intended for the cosmetic enhancement of a tooth or teeth. Some of the common improvements that can be achieved include:
- Chips or cracks can be disguised beneath bonding material.
- Stains such as spots on teeth can be covered to improve uniform shading.
- Small gaps in between teeth can be filled in with bonding material.
- Composite resin is often used as an alternative to silver amalgam fillings.
What are the benefits of dental bonding?
The primary benefit of dental bonding is that this technique can enhance the appearance of a tooth or teeth in a single visit. Some describe dental bonding as a cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers. However, one must take into account how long bonding will last in comparison to veneers and also the likelihood of staining or future damage that may occur to the applied resin material.
We are happy to discuss the potential benefits, costs, and potential disadvantages of dental bonding during your consultation with Dr. Konig.
How Does Tooth Bonding Work?
In dental bonding, Dr. Konig uses a special resin composite to reshape or even whiten your tooth. The dental bonding agent adheres to your tooth, and after cured, it can be as hard as your normal tooth enamel. To give it a natural look, Dr. Konig custom shades and uses multiple shades to ensure the bonding is colored to closely match your natural teeth. As a smile artist, Dr. Konig sometimes recommends dental bonding in conjunction with teeth whitening to ensure a bright uniform color and smile.
Find out how tooth bonding is a viable option for your smile and can enhance your smile or if there are better options for you by calling the office of Ronald W. Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF at 713-668-2289 for service in the Houston area, including Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Katy and other nearby communities.
What is the recovery from dental bonding?
There is no significant recovery time needed after dental bonding. Patients can resume normal activities right away, such as returning to work. While there are no substantial restrictions after having dental bonding treatment, patients should avoid drinking beverages that may stain teeth, such as red wine or tea, for 24 to 48 hours. They should also avoid biting on hard foods or objects, as this could degrade the strength of the dental bonding procedure.
Tooth Bonding Before & After Photos
Almost all Americans (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset. Today, there are a variety of ways that we can transform problems such as stained, gapped, chipped, cracked or misaligned teeth, into the smile of your dreams. One affordable and popular cosmetic dentistry option we offer is dental bonding.
Before Dental Bonding
After Dental Bonding
Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Bonding
There are many articles touting bonding and as more conservative and less costly than porcelain veneers. With the improvements in porcelain technology and being able to layer porcelain with several colors keeping the porcelain veneers thin, bonding has through the years ,had less advantages than in the past. In the hands of a skilled and trained esthetic dentist, excellent results can be obtained with both porcelain and bonding, however, bonding will have a greater probablility to discolor and lose its beauty than porcelain.
The fees for bonding are not significantly less than for porcelain veneers. There are, however, some excellent indications for bonding such as small spaces on one or two teeth that are not in the bite. It is also important to note that in most cases, it is not a good idea to increase the length of teeth with bonding.
How much does dental bonding cost?
Dental bonding is an affordable treatment option for many people, though not significantly less than the veneer process. The cost of treatment can vary from one person to another because each situation is unique. Contributing factors include the extent of improvement desired, the number of teeth being treated, and the inclusion of adjunctive treatments, such as a cleaning or teeth whitening treatment. Patients can expect to receive a detailed cost breakdown after their consultation with Dr. Konig.