Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Cosmetic dental bonding is a simple, painless procedure used to repair chipped and cracked teeth. It takes only one office visit to perform, and is generally recommended for patients whose teeth are stained beyond the abilities of normal cleaning to whiten. Also, if an accident, Bruxism, or prolonged wear on teeth have caused them to chip and crack, cosmetic dental bonding is often the safest and easiest solution to the problem.
One of the most noticeable benefits that this procedure offers to such patients is the ability to make their smile appear more uniform. Small, irregularly shaped teeth are often slightly different lengths and many times have gaps between them. Cosmetic dental bonding will close those gaps, lengthen and reshape the teeth, and make them all look more proportional and evenly spaced in relationship to one another. It is also an excellent alternative to removing amalgam fillings because it preserves more of the healthy tooth surfaces that would otherwise have to be removed prior to refilling.
In fact, the attractive aspect of cosmetic dental bonding cannot be emphasized enough. The ability to start over at any age with a brand new smile full of straight, white, and healthy teeth is the primary motivator that brings so many patients to the Cosmetic Dentistry Center. It is not just a solution to medical concernsit is a lifestyle improvement and a confidence builder as well.
It is also one of the most painless procedures performed in a dental chair. People who normally fear going to the dentist have remarked how the procedure, after it was completed, changed their entire view of dentistry.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding is also a remarkably simple procedure. It is made possible through the use of a colored, composite resin. The dentist uses a shade guide to match the color of the resin to the exact color of the patients teeth. He or she then applies a diluted etching solution that is slightly alkaline in nature to the surface of the teeth. This acidic solution is weak enough not to harm the teeth, but strong enough to remove a small amount of enamel from tooth surfaces. This forms microscopic lines in the enamel and creates an irregular surface to which the resin can better adhere.
Once the cosmetic dental bonding resin is attached to the teeth, the dentist will shape it until the desired dental contour is achieved. The substance is smoothed to make it look like the surface of natural teeth, and then hardened with an ultraviolet light or a laser. More than one layer of resin may be necessary depending on the extent of the repairs being made to the teeth. Most patients require more than one layer.
Once the final layer has been applied and hardened, the dentist then polishes the resin and hardens it one last time. This gives it a natural-looking shine, and a much more aesthetic and attractive appearance.
In most cases, a cosmetic dental bonding treatment can be successfully applied in only one office visit. However, in cases where severe tooth damage has occurred, periodontal disease has caused gum recession, or in instances where severe tooth decay has destroyed portions of one or more teeth, the dentist will use the first office visit to create a porcelain mold of the teeth. When it has hardened, the dentist will use this mold to apply the resin composite during the second cosmetic dental bonding treatment. Porcelain is extremely hard, resistant to stain, and provides a firm surface to which the composite resin will effectively attach itself.
One last benefit that many patients greatly appreciate about cosmetic dental bonding is the price. It is much less expensive than veneers and crowns. If you feel you could benefit from this simple and cost-effective treatment, call the Cosmetic Dentistry Center now at 888.790.0309 to schedule an appointment.
How much is the price or cost of cosmetic dental teeth bonding?
The price and cost of dental teeth bonding depends upon a number of factors, including the number of teeth to be treated and the unique challenges of the procedure. The Medical Center Dental Group of Texas charges competitive rates for this, and all other procedures we perform. More importantly, we will give your case the care and attention it deserves.
Cosmetic Dentistry is a specialized field that requires extensive knowledge and experience to be done correctly. The Medical Center Dental Group in Houston, Texas brings all of that and more to the direct benefit of each and every patient we treat. Although we are located in the world famous Houston Medical Center at Scurlock Towers, we routinely see dental patients who travel from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Beaumont and Midland Texas to see Dr. Dale Brant, Dr. Charles Campbell or Dr. Elizabeth OSullivan-Winslow for their cosmetic denistry services.