Cosmetic dentist and dental bonding procedure in Austin, TX
Dr. E. Griffin Cole is known in the Austin, TX area for his healthy, holistic dental care. Yet, he is also a skilled, experienced cosmetic dentist. He believes that every patient deserves a smile to be proud of. In many cases, the dental bonding procedure is an affordable and efficient solution to aesthetic problems.
Dental bonding is the process of applying composite resin to the teeth. The material is color-matched, so it blends unnoticeably with your smile. Dr. Cole uses a precise technique to slightly etch the surface of the enamel. He applies an adhesive agent that helps resin stick securely. The bonding material is artistically sculpted. Then a high intensity curing light further ensures a durable bond. The process may be repeated in several layers to achieve the desired result.
The procedure typically takes about 20 minutes per tooth treated, and often requires no numbing. Bonding is hard and strong, and fairly stain resistant. Bonded teeth require only normal good hygiene habits:
- Brush at least twice a day with non-abrasive paste.
- Floss before bedtime.
- Avoid biting on hard objects.
- Limit consumption of dark, staining beverages.
- See Dr. Cole for regular dental checkups.
Uses for dental bonding
This pliable material is easily molded to any shape, so it is quite versatile. Dr. Cole uses bonding to improve the appearance of:
- Stubborn discoloration or old dark dental work.
- Chips or cracks in enamel.
- Spaces between teeth.
- Teeth that look short or are worn down.
- Unusual shape.
- Gum recession. (It also protects exposed root surfaces from sensitivity.)
Composite resin is a bio-friendly and aesthetic alternative to silver-colored amalgam fillings (which contain mercury).
Dental bonding is one of the most economical cosmetic techniques available. It generally requires just one appointment, depending on how many teeth are treated. However, be assured that a smile makeover is an individualized process in Dr. Cole’s hands. If he feels that dental bonding is not the best solution for your aesthetic concerns, he will explain other cosmetic options, such as professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, inlays, onlays, or porcelain crowns.
Call (512) 472-3565 to start your smile transformation.Back to Cosmetic Dentistry Page