For minor imperfections on the surface of the tooth, dental bonding is an affordable solution. Like veneers, bonding material covers flaws and changes the appearance of the tooth—without the high cost.
Bonding material is made of composite (tooth-colored) resin. You and your dentist will choose a shade of resin that matches your tooth color for a natural look.Unlike porcelain veneers that require a custom mold and need to be manufactured in the dental laboratory, bonding material can be applied in one visit.
Bonding is often used to correct teeth stains, chips and cracks. It also can be used to close small gaps between teeth, make a tooth look longer or wider, fill cavities, and protect the bottom part of the tooth exposed by gum recession.
No, bonding is not painful. In fact, anesthesia is often unnecessary unless the dentist is going to fill a cavity. If you are very fearful or anxious, your Houston, TX dentist may prescribe sedatives to help you relax.
The procedure is called “bonding” because the resin is bonded directly to the tooth.Your dentist will use a shade guide to select perfect shade of resin. Next, your dentist will gently etch the tooth’s surfaceand apply a conditioning liquid to make the resin stick to the enamel.After preparation, your dentist will apply and shape the resin.Finally, the resin is hardened by a special light, trimmed,and adjusted.
Bonding is a great way to treat small cavities and minor tooth imperfections. It is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures. For severe damage like large fractures or major discoloration, however, porcelain veneers are more appropriate. Porcelain lasts longer than resin and is stain resistant.