Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic BondingCosmetic bonding is an application of a natural tooth colored composite resin to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured, discolored tooth, to make teeth look longer, and as a cosmetic alternative to metal fillings. Cosmetic bonding can be done in a single visit to our dental office in Sherman TX.

Cosmetic bonding is among the easiest and cheapest cosmetic dentistry services. The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Most often, dental bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth.

Sometimes bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed because of gum recession.

What is it?

Cosmetic bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin (plastic) to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored tooth. Unlike veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and require a customized mold to achieve a proper fit, bonding can be done in a single visit. The procedure is called cosmetic bonding because the material bonds to the teeth and also matches exactly with natural color of your teeth.

What it is Used for?

Cosmetic bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and refined to match the surrounding teeth. Most often, bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It also can be used to fill the gaps between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth.

Sometimes, dental bonding also is used as a cosmetic alternative to metal fixtures, or to guard a portion of the tooth’s root that has been unprotected when gums regress.

No preparation is needed for tooth bonding. Anesthesia often is not necessary, bonding is required to cover a decayed tooth.

How it’s Done

Brawley Marze, Jr., DDS will use a shade guide to select the compound plastic color that will match the color of the natural tooth very closely.

Once Dr. Marze has chosen the color, he will marginally coarsen or etch the surface of the tooth to roughen it. The tooth will be coated lightly with a conditioning liquid, which helps the bonding material stick to.

When the tooth is prepared, Dr. Marze will apply the natural tooth-colored, putty-like resin (plastic). The resin is designed and curved until it’s the proper shape. Then the filling material is hardened with an ultraviolet light.

After the bonding material hardens, he will further trim and shape it. Then he will sparkle the material until it matches the color of the rest of the tooth surface.

It usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete the procedure. If you’re having more than one tooth done, you may need to schedule several visits.

Tea, coffee, cigarette smoke and other ingredients can stain the cosmetic fillings. To prevent or minimize stains, it’s essential to avoid eating or drinking foods that can stain for the first 48-72 hours after any dental composite treatment. In addition, brush your teeth often and have them maintained regularly by a dental hygienist.