If you’re looking for a fast and affordable way to improve the appearance of your smile, dental bonding provides exceptional results. This is one of many services available from Mark A Porter, DDS, and Shane Porter, DDS, in San Antonio, Texas. If you’re ready to explore this popular cosmetic dentistry treatment in greater detail, call or click today to book a visit.
Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic treatment that relies on a tooth-colored composite resin to reshape and cover the visible surfaces of your teeth. Some of the issues dental bonding can correct include:
The material used in dental bonding is also used in tooth-colored fillings and to protect the roots of teeth that become exposed due to receding gums.
Dental bonding requires a skilled hand and an artistic eye. Because your practitioner applies and shapes the bonding material by hand, their level of expertise directly affects the aesthetic outcome.
When you arrive for your visit, your practitioner helps you select a shade for your bonding. Some people choose to have teeth whitening done before bonding so they can choose a brighter shade.
Next, your dentist uses a special tool to lightly roughen the surface of your teeth to make it easier for the bonding material to adhere. A conditioning liquid might also be applied. Then, your dentist begins carefully applying the bonding material to the surface of your teeth, molding and smoothing.
A special light cures the bonding material before your dentist polishes it to a natural-looking sheen. This completes the process, and you can admire your results right away.
Once you see how great your smile looks after dental bonding, you’ll want to do all you can to preserve those results. Begin by embracing an optimal oral hygiene routine. While your bonding material cannot decay, it can still accumulate plaque, bacteria, and stains.
Brush and floss thoroughly, making sure to reach the areas between teeth. Avoid biting down on hard foods or non-food objects. Bad habits, like chewing on pencils or using teeth to pry open packaging, can damage your bonding (and your natural teeth).
Coming in for routine dental exams and professional cleanings is an important part of maintaining a healthy smile. Most people benefit from seeing their dental care team every six months. When you’re ready to book a visit, call the office or spend a few moments on the online scheduling page.