Dental Bonding Houston TX
Teeth bonding or dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure in which a resin (plastic) composite is applied to the surface of damaged teeth. The color of the resin matches that of natural teeth to give a natural look.
The function of the resin is to repair teeth that are chipped, discolored, fractured, or decayed. Our team of dental professionals here at Frank Dunlap, DDS provide teeth bonding on the same day as your visit. It is an inexpensive and quick procedure.
When Should You Get Bonding Done?
Dental bonding is used to fix any damage to your teeth, most commonly for chipped teeth, and as an alternative to an amalgam filling in the case of tooth decay. Additionally, bonding is used to improve dental aesthetics for reasons such as having discolored teeth, closing large gaps between teeth, or changing the shape of teeth.
What Happens During Teeth Bonding?
An initial consultation will take place during your first visit, where our professionals will make an assessment regarding the treatment. During this consultation, our team will also use a shade guide to produce a perfectly matched resin composite.
Once the resin is made, the procedure will begin. First, the surface of your teeth will be roughened to allow for better adherence by the bonding resin. Before the application of the resin, a conditioning solution is applied.
Once the resin is applied, it is molded and shaped to smooth out any rough edges and match the rest of the teeth. Lastly, the resin is hardened using UV (ultraviolet) or laser light. Finishing touches include further shaping the hardened resin to improve aesthetics.
Resin Bonding vs. Veneer Bonding
Resin bonding is one option for teeth bonding; another, better alternative is getting veneers. Veneers are most commonly made of porcelain and are stronger than resin. Before veneers are manufactured, they need to be molded to fit your teeth. The veneers are then bonded to your teeth using dental cement rather than laser or UV light.
Although resin bonding is cheaper, it does not last long, whereas veneer bonding lasts longer as it is stronger. To provide a longer life to your bonding, we recommend avoiding the consumption of hard foods such as candy or ice cubes. Your bonding may also become damaged if you have a habit of teeth grinding (a condition known as bruxism).
How to Care for Bonded Teeth
Bonding needs to be cared for just like regular teeth. Post-bonding care requires brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing in the morning and before going to bed. Avoid consuming substances that may stain your teeth such as coffee, tea, and tobacco, or eating hard foods such as ice or candy.
There is another important point to note: if the bonding stains, it cannot be whitened using bleach. By following the steps mentioned previously, you can make your bonding last up to five years.
To know more about bonding and which type of bonding will best suit your needs, call us at (346) 576-4411 or visit our offices here at Frank Dunlap, DDS. We have experts that can guide you through the whole procedure.
Frank Dunlap, DDS
Dr. Frank Dunlap
11451 Katy Freeway, Suite 103
Houston, TX 77079