Our teeth are subject to a lot of daily wear-and-tear, so it’s not surprising that they start to show the signs at some point. If you’ve developed minor cosmetic flaws or cavities, these issues can often be fixed in just one visit with a simple procedure called cosmetic bonding. Dr. Gonzalez has used bonding on a wide variety of issues to provide beautiful results - faster and easier than you might expect. If you want to erase your minor cosmetic flaws and start loving your smile, call us today to schedule a consultation!
Cosmetic bonding is a procedure in which we “bond” a tooth-colored material to the teeth to repair cavities and mask cosmetic issues. Also, called direct bonding, this material is the same one that’s used for fillings on the back teeth, so it’s strong and durable. Since the color is matched to the existing shade of your teeth, you won’t be able to distinguish it from the rest of your tooth structure. However, some people like to whiten beforehand so their final result looks even better.
As a dentist in San Antonio, Dr. Gonzalez has used this procedure for many issues such as:
If you have more severe issues you’d like to correct, we may recommend an alternative procedure to give you the best results.
One of the reasons our patients love this procedure is that it’s simple and straightforward. It usually only takes between 30-60 minutes per tooth, and, in some cases, doesn’t require numbing beforehand.
The composite material is soft and putty-like, so after we’ve applied it to your teeth, much of our time will be spent shaping it. We’ll make sure it matches the size, shape, and proportion of your other teeth so that it looks very natural. Then we’ll “cure” it with a special light to harden and set the material, so you’ll be able to eat and drink right after your visit. Finally, we’ll give it one last polish so it looks and feels very smooth.
In addition to the convenience of being done in just one visit, cosmetic tooth bonding in San Antonio offers other benefits as well. It will blend in with the rest of your smile, so your cosmetic work won’t stand out or look unnatural. And with little to no recovery time, you can get back to your normal activities immediately.
With a few good habits, your bonding can last 5-10 years. To help it last as long as possible, avoid chipping or breaking it, don’t chew on ice, pens, or hard candies, and maintain good brushing and flossing habits. Also, your bonding can pick up stains, so it’s a good idea to be mindful of how much coffee, tea, and red wine you’re drinking.
Want to know how cosmetic bonding could benefit you? Don’t hesitate to contact us so we can create the right treatment plan for your needs!