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Direct Bonding – Arlington, TX

A Quick Way to Correct Your Smile’s Imperfections

Close-up of woman’s beautiful smile after direct bonding in Arlington

Is there a detail or two about your smile that you dislike? Whether it is a chipped tooth, a discolored tooth, or a tooth that is misshapen, those little imperfections may interfere with your confidence. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of elegant cosmetic solutions, including direct bonding, which is also known as dental bonding or cosmetic bonding. On this page, you will learn more about this quick, noninvasive, and effective treatment.

What Is Direct Bonding?

Woman admiring her smile after dental cosmetic bonding

During the direct bonding procedure, Dr. Doctor molds a tooth-colored resin over a tooth with the goal of hiding its flaws. The resin is the same material that is usually used for tooth-colored fillings. It is biocompatible and blends in seamlessly with the dentition around it. Direct bonding is a popular option for correcting minor aesthetic flaws in teeth, such as discoloration, cracks, chips, and small gaps between the teeth. The initial results it produces are similar to what you might expect with porcelain veneers.

How Does Direct Bonding Work?

Dentist selecting shade for direct bonding cosmetic resin

The direct bonding process is fast and painless. Here is an overview of what to expect during it:

  • We will use the natural color of your teeth to guide us as we select the ideal shade for your dental bonding.
  • The surface of your tooth will be etched a little in order to make it easier for the bonding to adhere to it. A conditioning liquid will also be applied.
  • Doctor will mold the composite resin over the teeth. Once the resin is in place, a curing light will harden it in a matter of seconds.
  • The doctor will make any necessary final adjustments to the size and shape of the bonding.

Benefits of Direct Bonding

Handsome man enjoying benefits of direct dental bonding

Direct bonding offers numerous benefits, including:

  • It takes just one appointment to complete. Alternative treatments, such as porcelain veneers, typically require two or more appointments.
  • It is reversible. If you ever change your mind about direct bonding, our team can reverse the process.
  • It is cost-effective. Compared to other cosmetic dental treatments, direct bonding has a relatively low price.
  • It looks completely natural. You will not have to worry that onlookers will notice that you have had a bit of work done on your smile.
  • It is durable. With proper care, your bonding may last for several years.

Is Direct Bonding Right for Me?

Direct bonding is often best for people who would like to change the appearance of just one or two teeth, not for individuals who are seeking a total smile makeover. Also, bear in mind that while direct bonding offers some outstanding advantages, it does have a few drawbacks. For example, it is not as long-lasting or stain-resistant as porcelain veneers. Dr. Doctor and our team will help you compare the pros and cons of all your cosmetic treatment options before you commit to anything.

Are you ready to discover how direct bonding may be able to help you love your smile? Contact our practice today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.