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Direct Bonding – Denton, TX

Repairing Chips, Closing Gaps, Reshaping Teeth

You can sense it whenever you open your mouth to smile: the sinking feeling that people are noticing the discolored spots or small cracks in your teeth. Do you wish you could get rid of these cosmetic flaws? At Prime Dentistry of Denton, we can make small corrections to your pearly whites using direct tooth bonding in Denton, which can make it much easier for you to flash a proud grin when the occasion calls for it. Have a goal in mind for creating a more beautiful smile? Contact us today so we can schedule a consultation for you!

What is Direct Bonding?

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A direct bonding procedure uses a special kind of resin that’s bonded to your teeth. The resin is tooth colored and can be shaded so that it matches your smile. It can also be molded and shaped as needed.

Next to other cosmetic procedures, dental bonding is one of the least expensive you can get. It’s also fairly simple; it can usually be done in one visit (though this might change depending on the number of teeth involved). Finally, it’s a very conservative procedure. Compared to dental veneers or crowns, very little if any enamel needs to be removed.

What Does Direct Bonding Fix?

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When it comes to cosmetic improvements, bonding has many different uses. For instance, it can help with:

  • Repairing minor chips or cracks in your teeth. (Some chips and cracks are more or less harmless but still unsightly.)
  • Improving the appearance of a discolored tooth.
  • Closing small gaps between your teeth.
  • Lengthening teeth to fix a gummy smile.
  • Correcting a misshapen tooth

There are other ways direct bonding can be used as well. During your consultation, tell us exactly what changes you have in mind so that we can recommend an appropriate procedure.

What to Expect During a Bonding Appointment

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When bonding is used as a cosmetic treatment, there’s usually no need to numb the area around the tooth; the process is painless. First, we’ll roughen the enamel with a gentle acid. (This will help the material stay in place.) We will then apply the resin directly to the tooth and adjust it as needed. The goal is blend the material with the tooth so well that other people won’t be able to tell you’ve had dental work done! Once we’re satisfied with how it looks, we’ll harden it with a special light. After that, all that’s left is a good polish, and you’ll have improved pearly whites to show off!

Direct Bonding Aftercare

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You’ll want to keep your cosmetic improvements for as long as possible, of course. In most cases, the resin will last for several years, but only if you take good care of it. You’ll need to completely avoid chewing ice or biting fingernails, pen tips and other hard objects. Also, the material can stain very easily, so be careful with coffee, tea and other dark-colored drinks. And of course, don’t forget to attend your regular checkups at Prime Dentistry of Denton for cleaning and polishing!