Repairing broken, worn down or gapped teeth might seem like a lengthy process, but with dental bonding, the procedure is painless and can usually be done in one visit to your Houston, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Browning. If you have a tooth - or several teeth - that need some cosmetic attention, bonding might be a perfect solution for you. Frequent questions Dr. Browning hears about bonding are answered below:
What does bonding correct?
Bonding is a very versatile way to fix minor cosmetic dental problems. It can fill in gaps, repair chips, lengthen teeth that have worn down over time or cover stains that are resistant to whitening agents. The material used for these corrections is also used by your Houston cosmetic dentist to fill cavities as an alternative to metal amalgam fillings.
How is bonding applied?
The bonding material, while still soft, is directly applied by your cosmetic dentist to the identified areas that are in need of repair. The material is then quickly but carefully sculpted and smoothed to the proper size and shape. A special light is then trained on the area to harden the composite. Typically the bonding application is a painless procedure that needs no anesthetic; the only exception is if your Houston cosmetic dentist is filling a cavity with the bonding resin.
What is the bonding material made from?
The material your Houston cosmetic dentist uses to bond your teeth starts out like putty; it is soft and malleable, allowing Dr. Browning to contour it as necessary. It is known as a composite because it contains a mixture of glass and plastic-based ingredients that give it both strength and pliability. Bonding material has shown to not only be durable but very safe as well.
Does bonding sound like something that could improve your smile? We want to hear from you! Contact the office of Dr. Browning in Houston, TX, to learn more about bonding or any other cosmetic dental procedure.