No matter how careful we are about caring for our teeth, sometimes accidents happen - even to us dentists! Teeth get chipped, cracked, and stained, even when we try our best. For when that happens, HomeTown Dental at Belknap is here to help, offering a broad range of cosmetic treatments to help rejuvenate your smile. One of our most popular and cost-effective treatments is bonding, a non-invasive alternative to more extensive treatments like crowns and veneers.
What Is Bonding?
Bonding is one of the easiest and most straightforward treatments for repairing teeth that have become damaged. It is not only affordable, but the treatment is low-impact enough that it can typically be altered or reversed at a later point. A special dental material is applied to a damaged tooth to improve its aesthetics. The way that this material “bonds” to the tooth is where the name of this treatment comes from.
What Is the Best Choice for You - Bonding or Crowns & Veneers?
Crowns and veneers are other options for repairing cosmetic damage. Veneers offer a more complete smile overhaul, but cannot be reversed like bonding and is much more expensive. Veneers and crowns both require more anesthesia, and also take multiple visits to our office to have placed. Bonding is not as durable as crowns and veneers, however, and is more prone to chipping and discoloration, especially if you do things like biting your nails or drinking coffee.
Are You A Good Candidate For Bonding?
Patients who want to get rid of chips, gaps, discolorations, and even minor cavities should consider bonding. Another useful application of bonding is to even out teeth that are different lengths. Bonding cannot repair extensive damage, so a treatment like a crown or veneers is best for that. Bonding is a good fit if you do not have a lot of time for multiple appointments, as the procedure typically takes less than an hour per tooth and there is no recovery period afterward. Bonding has absolutely zero risk of any pain. The material we use does not even come into contact with the enamel of your teeth, so if you have sensitive teeth, bonding is an ideal alternative to more invasive procedures.
What You Can Expect During a Bonding Treatment
Bonding is a simple and 100% painless procedure that can be done in a single, brief visit. One of our dental experts will use a putty-like resin that we carefully match with the exact color of your natural teeth. The putty is applied to the surface of the damaged tooth and carefully sculpted to conceal any exterior marks. Using a UV light, we “bake” the resin so it bonds to your teeth and then polish it to a sparkling gleam.
Transform Your Smile in Under an Hour
Bonding can give you back your smile in less than sixty minutes, so what are you waiting for? If you are interested in how bonding can transform your smile, or want to learn more about our other cosmetic treatments, then give HomeTown Dental at Belknap a call today at 682-204-5735 and find out what we can do for you!