You may have heard the word “composite” before – it’s what we use in both bonding and fillings. This synthetic resin material is moldable. We can even match its color to your surrounding tooth or teeth. Thanks to composite, we offer dental bonding to repair minor aesthetic damage that disrupts the beauty and uniformity of your smile. If you find you would feel much more pleased with the way your smile looks if you could only repair or replace tissue – or add a bit where you simply need more – consider the following questions and answers. They may clear up whether this treatment is suited to your goals:
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bonding
Question: How does dental bonding work?
Answer: We will shape the composite to fit your needs. Or we will use a thin layer – like paint – to cover problem areas. Once we apply the composite, it will become “bonded” to your tooth once it dries, for a seamless, natural-looking finish.
Question: What types of issues does bonding address?
Answer: We typically suggest this cosmetic treatment for patients suffering from small chips, minor cracks, a tooth that appears shorter than surrounding teeth, or gaps between teeth.
Question: What if my teeth are severely damaged or chipped?
Answer: For serious damage, we may need to suggest restorative care. You may require a filling or a crown. Or we may suggest porcelain veneers to improve widespread cosmetic problems or a series of issues that will require more than bonding alone.
Question: Can you use this technique on my replacement teeth?
Answer: If you have a dental prosthetic, we cannot treat your concern with bonding, as it is only appropriate for natural teeth. We will, however, present you with alternative options to improve the appearance of your smile.
ABOUT YOUR GARLAND DENTIST:
Dr. Vi Mai and the caring staff at Mai Dentistry are dedicated to ensuring that our patients are proud of their beautiful, healthy smiles. With years of experience in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, we can expertly diagnose and treat early dental trouble to preserve your natural tooth structure. To learn more, or to schedule your next appointment, call us today at (972) 530-0552.