Composite Dental Bonding
Everyone wants to feel confident in their smile, and yet so many of us walk around feeling embarrassed of our smile due to some imperfection. Having a smile that makes you feel self-conscious can have several negative consequences, such as:
- Diminished self-confidence
- Impeded ability to positively present yourself in social and professional situations
- Limited sense of openness and joy
If something about your smile makes you feel self-conscious, there is no need to continue feeling this way. Dental bonding is a safe and effective treatment option recommended for individuals who have minor cosmetic issues, such as a chipped tooth or teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, teeth that are slightly discolored, or to protect the roots of your teeth. Dental bonding can also be used to correct a gap between teeth.
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Bonding Vs. Veneers for Misaligned Teeth
Although orthodontics are the traditional method for correcting misaligned teeth, there are also several different cosmetic procedures that can also be effective in straightening teeth or correcting gaps in your smile. For more serious misalignments, other cosmetic treatment options such as Invisalign may be necessary. For less severe cases, veneers and dental bonding are two of the most common treatment options to straighten and reshape your teeth to correct gaps in your smile or minor orthodontic issues, creating a more even, aesthetically pleasing smile. While both are effective treatment options for correcting minor issues, each has unique benefits and drawbacks. Drawbacks of dental bonding compared to porcelain veneers include less resiliency (veneers last much longer than bonding), a greater likelihood of chipping, and being more prone to stains. While veneers provide a stronger and more natural looking solution than bonding, they are also considerably more expensive and are non-reversible.
Dental Bonding Process
To determine if dental bonding is right for you, Dr. Hamrick will conduct a thorough oral examination. If you are a good candidate for dental bonding, a composite color will be selected to match the color of your natural teeth. At your next appointment, Dr. Hamrick will numb the area to reduce or eliminate discomfort. Dental sedation will also be available to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, Dr. Hamrick will use an etching gel on the surface of the tooth to improve adhesion for approximately 20 seconds, after which it is washed off and the bonding material is applied. Finally, Dr. Hamrick will trim, shape, and polish the tooth, after which the dental bonding procedure will be complete.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a safe and effective treatment option to refresh your smile and restore confidence in your grin. Benefits include:
- Non-invasive: Placement of the bonding material does not require the use of drills and no enamel needs to be taken from your teeth, making the procedure practically painless.
- Immediate results: The bonding procedure usually takes 30-60 minutes, which means you can completely restore your smile in just one visit.
- Affordable: Because the procedure is minimally invasive and can be completed in one visit, dental bonding is one of the most affordable cosmetic treatments that provides incredible results.
Healing Process and Maintenance
Following your dental bonding procedure, it is important to follow good oral hygiene habits to avoid needing similar treatments in the future. Be sure to continue brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily, eat a healthy and balanced diet, and avoid use of tobacco. We also encourage our clients to schedule regular dental cleanings at least every six months to ensure the health and sustained brightness of your smile. In addition to giving your teeth a professional cleaning, these visits are also an opportunity for Dr. Preston Hamrick to evaluate your overall oral health, as he looks for any indications of gum disease or any other underlying issue that may require treatment. By following these steps, you will enjoy a bright, white, healthy smile for many years to come, although your dental bonding will need to be replaced within ten years on average. If at any point the bonding feels loose or your bite changes, contact our office for an evaluation.
Cost of Dental Bonding
For patients with dental insurance, the total cost of dental bonding will depend on whether the procedure is covered under your plan, and if so, how much is covered. Our staff are happy to review your coverage to determine whether your plan does cover dental bonding and ensure you maximize your benefits and have minimal out of pocket expenses.
If you are a patient at our practice and do not have dental insurance, consider joining our membership club. Because we value your loyalty, we have launched this club to help save you money on treatment and simplify payments for preventative care. We offer three levels of membership: child, adult, and perio membership. Professional dental cleanings, doctor exams, necessary X-rays, and a 5% discount on all other treatment (some exclusions apply) are included in all membership packages.
You can sign up today and start saving money on treatment online or call us at (864) 292-5125.
For your convenience, we accept all forms of credit and debit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.
Fall in Love with Your Smile Again
At Heritage Dentistry in Greenville, South Carolina, we are committed to providing 5-star customer service that is relationship based, along with a comprehensive range of treatment options that will ensure your sustained oral health and make you fall in love with your smile again. To schedule your appointment for dental bonding or learn more about our services, contact our Greenville dental team today at (684) 292-5125.