If there are certain aesthetic elements you dislike about your smile, these minor flaws and imperfections can be concealed through cosmetic dentistry treatment. Dr. James Slaman provides dental bonding at our Albuquerque, NM, practice. This simple procedure allows patients with chipped, cracked, or intrinsically discolored teeth achieve the smile they desire in one appointment and without major alteration of their tooth structure.
What Can Dental Bonding Achieve?
Dental bonding is an incredibly versatile treatment which involves applying a composite resin material to the tooth to conceal minor cosmetic imperfections. Some of the concerns that can be addressed with dental bonding include:
- Irregularly sized teeth
- Misshaped teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Discoloration due to intrinsic staining
- Tooth erosion
Dental Bonding Treatment Process
The first step in the treatment process is to undergo an initial consultation. During this visit, Dr. Slaman will examine your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy. If any serious oral health concerns are present, such as tooth decay or gum disease, restorative options will be recommended first, before pursuing cosmetic treatment. Dr. Slaman will also discuss your personal cosmetic goals with you to determine if dental bonding is the right choice.
Dental bonding is an incredibly versatile treatment which involves applying a composite resin material to the tooth to conceal minor cosmetic imperfections.
To begin the procedure, Dr. Slaman will select a shade of composite resin to match your surrounding teeth. Unlike veneers, there is no need to remove enamel or reshape the teeth for bonding. Rather, all that is necessary is the application of a mildly acidic solution that will roughen the surfaces of the teeth and prepare them for the bonding material. After applying the resin material to the teeth, Dr. Slaman will mold and shape it. Next, the material will be hardened with a special curing light, and any final adjustments will be made. The teeth will be polished for a natural-looking and dazzling appearance.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
There are several reasons why patients choose dental bonding over other cosmetic options. For example, the dental bonding process is:
- Fast: When receiving veneers, it can take roughly two weeks for the lab to complete fabrication of your restoration. Dental bonding, however, can be performed during a single office visit in most cases, and usually in about one hour.
- Cost-effective: Bonding is one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments. The procedure is more cost-effective than veneers and most other alternative options.
- Reversible: Since no enamel reduction is required for dental bonding, the process is reversible.
With proper care and maintenance, dental bonding can last approximately five to 10 years. Typically, if a treated tooth does require repair, it can be easily performed in our office. In contrast, if a veneer becomes fractured or damaged, patients will most likely need to replace the entire restoration.
Learn More about Dental Bonding
If you are looking for a cosmetic treatment option that is both conservative and effective, dental bonding may be the solution for you. To learn more about your treatment options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Slaman at our Albuquerque dental practice. Patients can call us at (505) 881-7586 or contact us online.