When Is Dental Bonding the Right Choice?

Apr 02, 2024

Are dental flaws and imperfections bringing you down? It’s hard to feel confident when your smile doesn’t make the cut. 

But the solution could be easier than you think.

Dr. Laura Llanos offers dental bonding at Llanos Dental Group in Miami Lakes, Florida. 

This quick and easy treatment can restore teeth with small imperfections. And it provides immediate results without any downtime. 

In this blog, Dr. Llanos explains dental bonding and how she uses this cosmetic treatment.

How dental bonding works

Dental bonding restores a tooth with a putty-like substance. This material gets matched for color and size to surrounding teeth. Then, Dr. Llanos shapes it so it’s a perfect replica.

After shaping the material, Dr. Llanos cures it so that it hardens in place. This not only covers the flaw, but it adds a layer of protection to any weak spots. 

By the end of your treatment, you have a full set of matching, flawless teeth. 

Dental bonding can eliminate the need for more extensive dental procedures, like implants. It’s also one of the most inexpensive cosmetic dentistry treatments on the market.

However, dental bonding isn’t an ideal solution for every issue.

Reasons to consider dental bonding

There are a lot of reasons to consider dental bonding, especially if you’ve been dreaming of a perfect smile. 

Dental bonding may not replace a missing tooth, but it can do wonders for minor cosmetic issues and tooth repairs. That adds up to greater smile satisfaction and better oral health.

Cosmetic problems

It’s hard to feel your best when you dislike your smile. Fortunately, dental bonding offers a simple fix for a variety of cosmetic issues, such as:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Teeth that are too short

Dr. Llanos can even use dental bonding to fill in small spaces between two teeth.

Tooth repairs

In addition to fixing aesthetic problems, Dr. Llanos can also use dental bonding to repair early signs of decay and protect exposed tooth roots. 

That means dental bonding can help you better protect your smile and avoid more extensive procedures down the road — many of which are more invasive and expensive.

What to expect from dental bonding

A dental bonding appointment usually takes 30-60 minutes per tooth, and it’s completely painless.

Once complete, the hardened resin becomes a part of your tooth, blending in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. 

In most cases, dental bonding lasts anywhere from a few years to a decade. However, Dr. Llanos can provide personalized guidance to extend the life of your restoration, such as:

  • Not biting your nails or writing tools
  • Not using your teeth to open items like packages
  • Limiting hard candies and ice

It’s also important to drink staining liquids, like cola, coffee, and wine, in moderation.

Finally, Dr. Llanos recommends practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily. And don’t forget to keep up with your preventive care dental appointments!

At the end of the day, the best way to determine if dental bonding is right for you involves a consultation. Once Dr. Llanos discusses your concerns with you, she can provide more information on the ideal treatment options for you.

Ready to transform your smile? Contact Llanos Dental Group to schedule a visit with Dr. Llanos in Miami Lakes, Florida, by calling, texting, or booking a visit online today.