With today’s advances in technology, the beauty of your smile does not have to be sacrificed for the health of your mouth. A treatment that enables our Shreveport cosmetic dentist to restore beauty and function to the smiles of patients is dental bonding. Dental bonding is often an ideal treatment for our patients looking for a more cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing solution to common dental problems. Discolored teeth, gaps between teeth, and misshaped teeth, among other dental flaws, can detract from your self-confidence. Through dental bonding, patients can achieve the smiles of their dreams.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is used to improve the appearance of the smile by concealing dental imperfections. During the dental bonding procedure, an etching solution is applied to the surfaces of the teeth. This solution provides a rough surface for the resin to bond to. After the tooth-colored resin is applied to the surfaces of the teeth, a high-intensity light is used to cure the resin material. After this process is complete, the bonded material is sculpted to fit the tooth and polished to match the sheen of the surrounding teeth.
Dental Bonding Uses
Dental bonding offers Shreveport patients a way to effectively improve and rejuvenate their smiles, without having to undergo a more complex and time-consuming procedure. Dental bonding may be used to address many cosmetic dental issues and to improve the appearance of teeth with dental flaws, including:
- To repair cracked or chipped teeth
- To change the shape of teeth
- To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- To close spaces between teeth
- As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
- To make teeth look longer
- To protect the tooth’s root when gums have receded
Benefits of Dental Bonding
One of the greatest benefits of Shreveport dental bonding is its versatility. Dental bonding is also relatively inexpensive. Though dental bonding is a customized treatment, it does not require the use of a laboratory. Because of this, the dental bonding procedure can usually be completed during one dental visit. The procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete per treated tooth. Most patients do not require anesthesia when undergoing dental bonding unless it is being used in the treatment of dental caries. For the vast majority of patients, dental bonding is painless. Because dental bonding requires very little of the tooth’s enamel to be removed, the integrity of the tooth is maintained.
An alternative to dental bonding is porcelain veneers. For patients looking for a more durable and long-lasting treatment in Shreveport, porcelain veneers may be a more suitable option. Porcelain veneers may be used to address the same dental issues as dental bonding, but provide longer lasting and more stain resistant results. While aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking, porcelain veneers are more expensive than dental bonding.
Contact Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care Today
To learn more about dental bonding uses and to schedule an examination, please contact Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care today. Our skilled staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.