Dental Bonding Is a Simple Way to Improve Your Smile's Appearance
Dr. Conrad C. Casler, Jr. understands the impact chipped, broken, or discolored teeth can have on your confidence, which is why he offers dental bonding at his office in Tulsa, OK. This quick, conservative cosmetic procedure conceals minor dental imperfections and can be provided at a smaller investment than crowns or porcelain veneers. Dr. Casler has extensive training and experience in cosmetic dentistry and can skillfully use dental bonding to help you achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding uses composite resin material to conceal a variety of minor cosmetic imperfections. Although the treatment goal is similar to that of porcelain veneers and cosmetic crowns, there are some marked differences. Unlike those more extensive procedures, bonding does not require the removal of any of your tooth's natural structure. Instead, Dr. Casler bonds the resin material directly to your tooth.
Dr. Casler has extensive training and experience in cosmetic dentistry and can skillfully use dental bonding to help you achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
This preserves your natural tooth structure and can be a better option for patients with sensitivity. Bonding can also be a great choice for patients on a budget. However, patients considering this procedure should be aware that bonding is not quite as natural-looking or as durable as veneers and crowns. Still, as long as you exercise proper care, your bond can last for years.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Bonding?
Candidates for dental bonding should have good oral health and a desire to improve minor cosmetic imperfections in their smiles. If you have any of the following, you could be a good candidate for dental bonding.
- Teeth with small chips or cracks
- A small or misshapen tooth
- Discoloration and stains that do not respond to teeth whitening
- Gapped teeth
Keep in mind that bonding is not suited to all cosmetic flaws. The technique is best reserved for front-facing teeth that do not sustain a large amount of bite pressure. Also, we do not recommend dental bonding for patients who smoke, as the composite resin is susceptible to staining and will not respond to whitening treatments.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
If you are a good candidate for dental bonding, Dr. Casler will select a shade of bonding material that closely matches your teeth. The procedure typically takes less than an hour for each tooth, and in most cases anesthetic is not necessary. First, he will clean and lightly etch (roughen) the surface of the tooth to be bonded. Next, he will apply a conditioning liquid that will help create the bond, and then apply the resin material itself. It has a soft consistency that allows Dr. Casler to shape it in a way that conceals the flaw and blends in with your tooth. When this is complete, he will use a curing light to harden the material and attach it strongly to the tooth. Last, Dr. Casler will trim off any excess bonding material and polish the tooth so that it looks natural.
Why Should I Consider Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding offers a variety of benefits. Unlike other procedures that can take multiple appointments, Dr. Casler can complete dental bonding in just one appointment so you can enjoy immediate results. Bonding can also be a great way to improve your smile while you wait to have more extensive cosmetic work done in the future. The dramatic transformation that bonding can have on your smile can positively impact your self-confidence and help you feel happier with your overall appearance.
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Under the right circumstances, bonding can be an excellent option for renewing your smile’s appearance. Contact Casler Dental Group to find out if dental bonding is right for you.
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