Do you hesitate to smile due to a crack, chip, staining, a misshapen tooth, or a larger-than-normal gap between your front teeth? Dental bonding in Athens, TX, is a quick and budget-friendly way to improve your smile.
What is Dental Bonding?
With dental bonding, your dentist applies composite material to your tooth to cover your cosmetic issue. After placing the material directly on your tooth, your dentist then sculpts the material to fit the exact shape of your tooth. Dental bonding materials are the same shade as teeth, so no one needs to know you had a cosmetic procedure done unless you tell them. After ensuring that the material has hardened, your dentist polishes your tooth for the last step.
The dental team at Athens Smiles may also use bonding material to treat minor tooth decay. As with cosmetic procedures, the material is the same shade as your teeth. We recommend checking with your dental insurance company to see if you have coverage for dental bonding. Some insurance carriers will only cover non-cosmetic applications.
Some Things to Keep in Mind About Dental Bonding
You only need to schedule one appointment, and the entire process takes approximately 30 minutes to one hour. Your dentist may need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel to prevent the tooth from appearing too bulky.
The bonding material on your tooth may become stained over time. Be sure to avoid dark-colored drinks like coffee and red wine, and don’t smoke for at least 48 hours after the procedure. The typical lifespan of bonding materials is three to seven years, depending on whether you smoke and how well you care for your oral health.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions about dental bonding in Athens, TX.