Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is one of the most effective and minimally invasive ways to repair a wide range of minor issues with your teeth. Dr. Heather Fleschler can use dental bonding to reshape your tooth, restoring a beautiful smile. The composite resin material mimics the appearance of your tooth, ensuring natural-looking results.

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This page will provide an overview of the dental bonding procedure, but it cannot diagnose your condition or make recommendations about your unique situation. The best way to find out whether tooth bonding is the best option to address your needs is to speak with Dr. Fleschler in person. Please call (713) 660-6500 today to schedule a consultation at our Houston cosmetic dentistry office.

Benefits Of Dental Bonding

There are many benefits to choosing dental bonding for your cosmetic dentistry needs. The most common include:

  • Minimally invasive, conservative treatment option that removes less natural tooth structure than procedures such as dental crowns or porcelain veneers
  • The shade of the bonding material can be matched to the color of your natural tooth for beautiful results that blend in seamlessly with your smile
  • Requires only one visit to our Houston cosmetic dentistry office to complete the procedure
  • One of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry options available

Am I A Candidate For Dental Bonding?

Dr. Fleschler typically recommends dental bonding in situations where you are seeking to correct minor cosmetic issues. The procedure is most effective in areas where minimal bite pressure is exerted. For more extensive oral health issues, alternative procedures may deliver more effective results.

Dental bonding is commonly used to:

  • Fill small gaps between teeth
  • Repair a chipped or cracked tooth
  • Alter the shape of a tooth
  • Improve the appearance of a discolored tooth that has been resistant to teeth whitening treatments
  • Make your tooth appear longer
  • Repair a decayed tooth

What kinds of problems can dental bonding address?

Dental bonding can be used to treat:

  • Discolored teeth that don’t respond to whitening
  • Minor chips and cracks
  • Uneven teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
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It’s important to note that bonding is aesthetic in nature; it doesn’t solve underlying tooth issues such as decay. In order for a tooth to receive any bonding, it must be healthy.

What’s the difference between dental bonding and applying porcelain veneers?

Both dental bonding and the application of porcelain veneers have the same goal — the cosmetic improvement of flaws with a tooth or a number of teeth — but they achieve this with completely different means. 

Bonding involves Dr. Fleschler placing composite resin onto the exterior of a tooth. First, she lightly etches the tooth to create stronger adherence to the tooth enamel. Then she applies the resin in layers, curing it as she goes. The resin is applied as a paste and it can be shaped and contoured to match the tooth’s shape and position in the mouth. Bonding is different on every tooth, and it can be placed in a single appointment. 

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental porcelain that are applied to the front surface of a tooth or to all of the visible teeth. To make room on the tooth for the veneers, Dr. Fleschler has to shave off a small amount (0.3 mm to 0.5 mm) of the tooth’s outer enamel. Veneers are custom made to fit the patient’s teeth and are fabricated at a dental lab. This means placing veneers takes two appointments. Once a tooth has a porcelain veneer, it will always have to be covered with a veneer. This is because of the enamel that is removed to make room for the veneer. That means when the veneers reach their lifespan they will need to be replaced by a new set. 

Porcelain veneers last longer than dental bonding, but they are also more expensive. 

Dental Bonding Process

Your dental bonding procedure can be completed in under an hour. Dr. Fleschler applies a putty-like composite resin in layers to build up the tooth’s surface. She then skillfully sculpts the bonding material to the desired shape and uses a special light to harden the material, ensuring it adheres securely to your tooth.

You don’t have to live with a smile you don’t love or pay a fortune to feel confident again. Dental bonding might be the right cosmetic dentistry procedure to give you a brighter look.

3d render of teeth with dental bonding lamp & light cured inlay filling over white background.

How do I care for my teeth that received dental bonding?

Your bonded teeth require only normal good home hygiene practices, brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing once daily. While the resin is non-porous and resistant to staining, it can stain over time. But, unlike natural tooth enamel, the composite resin in bonding cannot be whitened with teeth whitening treatments.  

Is there recovery after having dental bonding?

These are completely painless procedures. Dr. Fleschler applies the composite resin to the exterior of your tooth or teeth. She cures it immediately. You can get right back to work or your normal activities as soon as you leave our beautiful offices on Westchester Street. 

How long will my dental bonding last?

How long your bonding lasts depends in part on you. If you practice good hygiene and don’t chew ice and the like, your bonded teeth will continue to look great for up to a decade. When bonding starts to show its age, the old material can be removed and replaced with new composite resin. 

How many appointments do I need to have dental bonding?

One reason our patients from across the Houston area love dental bonding for simple cosmetic improvements is that it can be done in a single appointment. Let’s say you just chipped the corner of a tooth when biting into an unforeseen item in a sandwich. Dr. Fleschler can make the tooth whole again in just a single appointment that takes just 30-60 minutes. How easy is that?

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Are there any risks with dental bonding?

These are risk-free treatments. Composite resin is used for all of our fillings at Dr. Fleschler’s, as we are mercury- and metal-free practice. This is the same material used for our dental bonding. Bonding simply provides a cosmetic improvement of a tooth or teeth. 

Can bonding be used to address all issues with my teeth?

No. These are purely cosmetic treatments of your teeth. Bonding covers imperfections with your teeth. Bonding is great for covering stains, chips, small cracks, and even small gaps. But these are just aesthetics. Your teeth must be inherently healthy before we can place any bonding resin on them. 

If you have dental problems such as tooth decay, a deep crack, gum disease, and other issues, those need to be addressed first before you could have dental bonding. 

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you're interested in learning more about dental bonding please contact us for a consultation at 713-660-6500 or fill out our contact us form. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.

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