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Dental Bonding in Austin, TX

One or two slightly crooked front teeth can often be ‘straightened’ using cosmetic bonding.  This process uses a tooth-colored composite resin material to cover the front surface of the tooth to gently change the shape of the tooth, giving the illusion of a straighter smile. This option is not as long-lasting as a porcelain veneer but is a lower cost cosmetic solution to improve your smile in just one visit to our Austin dentist office.

Dental Bonding in Austin TX and Westlake Hills

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What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment to improve the appearance of a tooth or a few teeth. In dental bonding, Dr. Winters and Dr. Grahl use a composite resin made basically from ceramic and plastic. This is the same composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings. Bonding can be done on a single tooth or many, depending on your needs. The resin is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted to fit the needed shape, and then cured. Anesthesia is not needed.

What dental problems can you solve with bonding?

When you think of what bonding can do for your smile, simply look at your teeth and think of covering over problems areas. Bonding can address these minor defects with the teeth:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Uneven spacing
  • Severe staining
  • Inherent discoloration

Bonding is not meant to address serious issues with the teeth. Problems such as decay, a severely cracked tooth, or a needed root canal must be taken care of before bonding can be done.

“I absolutely love The Hills Dental Spa! The staff is amazing, the atmosphere is astonishing, and the procedures are always quick and painless. No one ever believes me when I describe my appointments but I can assure you that the service is the best. I know it’s hard to believe, but you’ll love going to the dentist after you experience everything The Hills Dental Spa has to offer!”
– Benjamin B.

Would I be a candidate for dental bonding?

If you have any of the above-mentioned issues with your teeth, you’d likely be a great candidate for dental bonding at The Hills Dental Spa. You do need to consider that bonding isn’t a permanent solution. Bonding usually lasts between 8-10 years before the old resin needs to be removed or prepared and new resin applied.

For some patients, bonding isn’t the best solution. For instance, if you have a sizeable chip on a tooth, it could be a better idea to place a crown on the tooth. We’ll talk to you about your options.

How is dental bonding done?

The first step in a dental bonding procedure is to slightly etch tiny grooves into the tooth or teeth being bonded. This allows the resin to create a really strong bond onto the tooth surface.

Next, Dr. Winters or Dr. Grahl apply the resin in a fashion that can be equated with sculpting. The resin is applied in small amounts, building the depth and contour. Once satisfied with the shape, a curing light is used to set the resin. Now that the surface is hard, the next step is to test the bite to make sure you’re comfortable and there aren’t any high spots that could cause irritation. If there are, these can be shaved down. When you’re satisfied, a final polishing completes the process and you leave with a beautiful smile.

Because the resin is applied to the exterior of the teeth, dental bonding doesn’t require anesthesia for the patient. It also can be done in just one appointment.

“You won’t find a better staff or more innovative, professional, & high-quality work anywhere else! This place is one of the best cosmetic dentistry practices in the nation.”
– Bailey W.

How Long Does Dental bonding Last?

The longevity of your dental bonding depends on you to a degree. If you practice excellent home hygiene and avoid bad habits such as chewing ice and the like, your bonding can last for a decade. Also, if you find that a certain area or tooth has an issue, the bonding can be touched up.

Dental Bonding FAQs

Please click on any of the FAQs below to see their corresponding answer:

Will the material match my tooth?

Bonding is much like being an artist. Some artists are better than others even though they may be using the same paint. We have a vast array of bonding materials and should almost always be able to find a great match for your problem.

How many visits will I need to schedule?

Bonding is typically accomplished in one appointment.

Will you need to numb my tooth first?

This is always determined by the situation but many times there is no need for numbing.

What is the difference between dental bonding and placing a filling?

Bonding is a strictly cosmetic treatment. We apply the composite resin to your teeth to mask underlying cosmetic flaws.

Placing a filling is a restoration treatment. The decayed tooth matter is first removed and then the space is filled with composite resin.

The only thing the two procedures have in common is they both use composite resin.

Can I whiten my teeth after having bonding?

You can have your teeth whitened when you have some dental bonding, but the bonded areas will not whiten. Your teeth without bonding will whiten normally, as the whitening material removes stains lodged in the enamel. But whitening has no effect on composite resin. Still, composite resin is more resistant to staining than your natural tooth enamel, so it won’t become as stained in the first place.

This is one of the reasons bonding material is replaced. Often, if a patient wants to really whiten his or her teeth, we will remove and replace the bonding at the same time so that we can match the color of the whitened teeth.

Does dental bonding damage your teeth?

The teeth receive a light etching prior to application of the resin. This makes for better adherence of the resin to the tooth surface. This doesn’t damage the tooth. Most people plan on having bonding (or a future porcelain veneer) on the tooth for the long haul, so the etching isn’t a big deal.

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The Hills Dental Spa proudly serves Austin, TX and the surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment for Dental Bonding in Austin, TX call us at (512) 347-0044 today or fill out our contact form for more information.

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