Do you have a tooth whose appearance always bothers you? Perhaps it is too short, or it has a chip out of it. Direct bonding, sometimes referred to as dental bonding, may be an appropriate solution for you. This quick and simple treatment is just one of the many cosmetic services we offer. When you are ready to discover how our team can improve the appearance of your teeth, contact us to schedule a consultation. In the meantime, you can learn more about direct bonding by reading the information below.
Porcelain veneers use thin pieces of porcelain to disguise flaws in teeth, such as cracks, chips, and discoloration. Direct bonding accomplishes a similar purpose. However, instead of using porcelain, direct bonding uses a tooth-colored cosmetic resin, which is the same material that we use to fill in cavities. We shape the resin over the tooth to disguise its imperfections and bring about a whole new look for it.
The direct bonding process is simple, quick, and, comfortable. We begin by selecting the right shade of composite resin for your teeth; we will make sure that it matches the surrounding dentition as closely as possible. Then, we use a mild acid solution to roughen the enamel, followed by a bonding agent that will help the resin adhere to the tooth. Then, the dentist applies and shapes the resin. A special light hardens it. Finally, we polish the resin so it looks as natural as possible.
Some of the most outstanding benefits of direct bonding include:
Direct bonding may be perfect for you if you have one or two teeth whose appearance you would like to improve, and if you would like to do so as quickly as possible. This procedure is usually not recommended as a way to address extensive cosmetic issues or to treat more than a few teeth at a time. Porcelain veneers may be the better option if you want your results to last for more than a decade or if you would like to completely transform your smile.
When you visit us for your consultation, we will thoroughly discuss your options with you and help you settle on one that best fits your needs, circumstances, and budget.