When people talk about bonding at this time of year, it’s usually related to the type that revolves around the Thanksgiving dinner table or the tinseled tree. Or, it’s the kids watching the James Bond Marathon on TBS during break.
But at the Drs. of Smiles, while we’re all for family bonding, we’re more enamored with dental bonding. Dental bonding can be a good solution to certain dental problems. Dental bonding uses resin, a mix of tooth-colored plastic and glass, to cover or fill an assortment of dental problems. Bonding is an alternative to more expensive porcelain veneers.
What issues do we address with dental bonding?
While it is a great option for covering up tooth imperfections, know that bonding is strictly cosmetic. Any real issues such as decay or gum disease need to be addressed before we can do any bonding. Remember, bonding is not a restoration, only a cosmetic cover-up.
Here are the cosmetic dental problems that can be fixed by the Drs. of Smiles team with bonding:
- Brighten heavily discolored teeth
- Fill tooth cracks and chips
- Fill large cavities
- Restore teeth that have lost mass due to decay
- Protect the tooth root when gums recede
- Fill gaps between the teeth
- Improve the symmetry of the teeth
The benefits of bonding
Dental bonding is an easy process with excellent results.
- Ease — With bonding, there is no waiting for fabrication of veneers or a crown. Bonding is done in the office, usually in a single visit.
- Cost — Bonding can be an alternative to more expensive procedures such as veneers, crowns, or certain large precious metal fillings. We use bonding to address many of the same problems that can be treated by the other procedures mentioned above, but at a much lower cost.
- Painless — Since bonding involves placing the bonding material onto your teeth, there is no need for any anesthesia.
How is it done?
Dr. LeSueur or Dr. Dodaro applies the resin in layers. The first step is to match a color to your adjacent teeth that won’t receive bonding. Next they gently rough up the surface of the teeth to make the surface adhere with the resin. A layer is applied and then sculpted as needed. When satisfied, that layer is then cured with a special light, and then the next layer is applied. This is done until the final look is achieved. Once placed, the resin can be shaped, ground, and polished. The end result is a beautiful smile, and it can all be done in just a single appointment.
Schedule a consultation
Interested in bonding, without Miss Moneypenny? Call us at (480) 834-6991 and ask about dental bonding. Drs of Smiles serves Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert and surrounding areas.