Discolored or damaged teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. According to the American Dental Association, nearly one in four adults have felt embarrassed about the condition of their teeth. Dental bonding is a cost-effective cosmetic dentistry treatment that can improve the look of your smile in just one treatment. Drs. Amy Creech-Gionis, Danielle Godin, and S. Nicole Mahdavieh offer bonding at their practice in Tampa, FL, to help patients conceal discoloration, small gaps, and other cosmetic concerns without undergoing costly, extensive restorative treatment. Depending on your unique concerns, dental bonding may be performed on its own or combined with other cosmetic treatments.
Can Dental Bonding Help You?
Dental bonding can address a wide range of cosmetic concerns, including:
- Stains: While teeth whitening can address external stains on the surface of your teeth, dental bonding is a more effective treatment option for intrinsic stains in your dentin.
- Crack and chips: Bonding can conceal small chips or cracks that have not affected the strength or integrity of your tooth structure.
- Size or shape: Disproportionately sized or misshapen teeth can disrupt the balance of your smile and are easily addressed with dental bonding.
- Small gaps: Our doctors can add composite resin to a tooth to close a small gap. This is especially useful for gaps that do not affect your bite or alignment.
During your consultation, our doctors will carefully evaluate your smile and discuss your concerns with you to ensure that dental bonding is the right treatment for you.
The Bonding Process
One of the reasons why bonding is so popular amongst patients is because the treatment can usually be completed in a single office visit lasting 30 minutes to one hour. It is minimally invasive, so most patients do not require any sedation aside from local anesthesia. However, our office has nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous sedation available for patients who are anxious.
If you are self-conscious about your smile, dental bonding could be the cost-effective solution you have been looking for.
Our doctors will start by selecting a shade of composite resin that closely matches the natural color of your tooth. One of the doctors will then lightly etch the surface of your tooth to create a better bonding surface. We will then apply resin to the proposed treatment area and carefully mold the material to achieve the shape and size discussed during your consultation. Once the resin is in place, we will use a curing light to harden the material. We will conclude treatment by polishing the tooth and resin to give it a lifelike shine and texture.
Protecting Your Results
If you decide to undergo dental bonding, there are many things you can do to keep your results looking great for as long as possible. First, avoid foods such as tomato sauce and drinks including coffee, tea, and red wine. Next, avoid using your teeth to bite hard or sticky foods, and stay away from overly crunchy foods that might place too much strain on the resin.
Alternative Treatment Options
Although dental bonding is a cost-effective, efficient way to transform your smile in just one visit, there are other treatment options available for patients with more comprehensive or extensive cosmetic concerns. These include:
Depending on the condition of your smile, your long-term goals, and budget, these treatments may be better suited for you. If cost is an issue in attaining your goals, you can apply for CareCredit® to help cover out-of-pocket costs with flexible, low-interest financing.
Stop Hiding Your Smile
If you are self-conscious about your smile, dental bonding could be the cost-effective solution you have been looking for. To find out whether bonding is right for you, call Dental Wellness of Westchase at (813) 855-2273 or schedule a consultation online.