A smile makeover you desire
What is dental bonding?
If you have a space where a tooth should be, dental bonding can likely help. Dental bonding uses tooth-colored composite filling material to make minor aesthetic improvements to teeth, typically in the front of the mouth. Using dental bonding over comparable esthetics and crowns provides you with the smile makeover you desire at a fraction of the cost. While many of these small and large improvements to your smile can be done free-handed, we take a more precise approach, starting with the end in mind.
How is our dental bonding process different?
Using state-of-the-art technology, our process starts with a digital scan to take a 3-D digital impression of your mouth (no mouthful of goop required). Then we work closely with a preferred digital technician to alter your smile virtually and provide the outcome composite to you for tweaking and approval. Once you sign off on the plan, we use our 3-D printer to create high-resolution models that will guide your dental bonding restoration. This allows you to “try-on” your new smile before committing to a treatment. You will also be able to take advantage of our in-office anesthesia options from moderate to deep sedation — go to sleep and wake up to a new smile from dental bonding in one appointment!
How is dental bonding different from porcelain crowns or veneers?
Crowns and veneers are milled by our CEREC system chairside with high-strength ceramics instead of a composite material. While porcelain crowns and veneers are appropriate in certain situations, dental bonding can provide similar repair, restoration and enhancement to a tooth and smile when done correctly. However, the longevity and color stability is less than a crown or veneer.
How do I know if I need crowns or dental bonding?
Dental bonding is an excellent option for filling a small cavity, replacing old silver or yellowed composite fillings, and repairing an otherwise healthy but chipped tooth. Like any other material, dental bonding has limitations, primarily in its scope of applications. In situations where the cavity or filling is large, cracks or fractures are present, or if the tooth will need to withstand strong chewing forces, porcelain crowns are preferred to dental bonding. Stop in for a consultation to explore your best restoration options.