What is Direct Bonding?
Direct bonding is a very common cosmetic procedure that uses composite resin – the same material used for tooth-colored fillings – to cover aesthetic imperfections in teeth. It’s been widely available for over 30 years, so dentists are confident it’s safe and effective for cosmetic and restorative purposes. The material is molded, shaped and shaded to match your existing teeth, effectively hiding a wide variety of cosmetic issues you’d prefer to cover up.
What’s ideal about direct bonding is it only requires a single visit to complete. It typically takes about an hour for most cases, which means you can get it done in the middle of your workday. By the time you go back to work, you’ll have a smile you’re proud to show off!
What Does Treatment Entail?
The procedure itself is pretty straightforward. First, Dr. Sadeghi will need to remove a very small amount of enamel to make room for the material and create a better surface for the bonding agent. Once the bonding agent is applied, he’ll place the composite resin on your tooth, mold it evenly throughout, then cure it using a special curing light. He’ll finish the application off by polishing your tooth to make it look as natural as possible.
Once treatment is complete, he’ll go over aftercare tips so you can ensure that the bonding lasts a long time. With regular brushing, flossing and biannual dental visits, direct bonding can last as long as 10 years.
Am I a Candidate for Direct Bonding?
Direct bonding is an incredibly versatile treatment, so chances are if you have minor imperfections in your teeth, you can benefit! The most common issues suitable for treatment include:
- Minor discoloration
Before any cosmetic treatment can be performed, you’ll also need to have a clean bill of oral health. For example, if any tooth decay or gum disease is present, you’ll need to have treatment performed to alleviate these issues first.
Why fantasize about having a more attractive smile when you can get started improving it today? Contact our office to speak with a cosmetic dentist in East Dallas and learn more!