Dental bonding is a dental procedure that can be done to repair teeth. A material called composite resin is used in bonding. At Sapphire Smiles Dental Specialists in Houston, Richmond, Magnolia, and League City, our dentists are experts when it comes to restorative dentistry options like bonding, veneers, and crowns.
Not all patients are good candidates for dental bonding, but after examining you, we might recommend that you get a crown or veneers instead. It will depend on the condition of your teeth. We will make our recommendation, but the final decision is yours. Patients have plenty of things to consider, including cost and invasiveness.
Advantages of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding can be used to repair cracked, chipped, and broken teeth. Patients who have gaps between their teeth can also benefit from dental bonding.
One of the main benefits of dental bonding is that it’s affordable. Unlike with crowns and veneers, patients don’t need to come in for multiple visits. During your dental bonding appointment, the tooth is prepared, and the composite resin is placed. Ultraviolet light is used to harden the composite resin. Dental bonding only takes one visit and isn’t a lengthy procedure.
At Sapphire Smiles Dental Specialists, we’ll make sure you remain comfortable during the procedure.
Dental Bonding Expectations
Dental bonding will last 4 to 8 years, depending on how well you take care of it. Patients should avoid biting their nails or chewing on anything hard like ice. Composite resin isn’t as durable as your natural teeth and can easily break. It also stains easily.
The risk of staining and discoloration is higher in patients who smoke and drink red wine, sodas, and coffee. Try to avoid all of these products to keep your teeth and the bonding bright and stain-free. You should also continue with brushing your teeth and flossing. A tooth that’s repaired via dental bonding still needs regular dental care and isn’t resistant to decay.