How Dental Bonding Can Improve Your Smile

Your smile is the most noticeable feature on your face, and your teeth play a significant role in ensuring that your smile is perfect. Yet, life has unexpected turns, injuries, or even infections that can cause your teeth not to be at their best.

Be it a cracked tooth, gaps, discoloration, or misalignment; you need an option that can save you both time and money. Dental bonding is one of the options in cosmetic dentistry that can help your teeth look as good as new.

Dental bonding reviews from many patients have been positive because of their sheen, appearance, and maintenance.

There is a high probability that you might know a thing or two about bonding, but it won’t hurt if we went a bit deeper.

Dental Bonding Facts

The term in cosmetic dentistry can be used to encompass all processes that use white fillings to apply to teeth. In other words, tooth-colored durable plastic (composite resin) is applied to repair a fractured, decayed, or discolored tooth. It mimics the look and function of healthy teeth.

Bonding can be used to repair a tooth or several teeth if you are looking for a perfect smile.

Why Get Dental Bonding?

You can consider going for dental bonding as a viable option if you desire to:

  • To repair cracked or chipped teeth
  • To elongate your teeth
  • To change the shape of your teeth
  • To improve the look of your discolored teeth
  • To close the gaps between your teeth
  • To cover the portion of the root that is exposed because of receding gums
  • To use it as an aesthetically better alternative to amalgam fillings

Bonding vs. Veneers

Bonding and veneers are almost identical treatments. They are cosmetic treatments that are used to improve how your teeth look like. One of the significant differences between bonding and veneers is the material used. Veneers are majorly made out of porcelain and are specially made to fit each tooth independently.

Bonding, on the other hand, is made from composite resin, which is customized to bond and fit properly on your teeth. In other words, the material bonds on your tooth. The procedure is quick and is done in a single visit. Unlike veneers, which have to be manufactured first in a laboratory, then fit on your teeth.

When it comes to bonding vs. veneers, your choice has the sway vote, which our dentist will customize to fit your needs.

What to Expect During Bonding?

As compared to all the other cosmetic procedures, there is little preparation that is required for dental bonding. There will be no need for anesthesia unless our dentist needs to drill a tooth to change its shape, to fill a decayed tooth, or your tooth is chipped near the nerve.

After our dentist has dealt with all of the underlying issues, a shade guide will be used to choose a composite resin color that matches the color of your teeth.

Before a conditioning liquid is applied, your teeth’s surface will be roughened by our dentist. The roughening is done to aid with the bonding of the material to the tooth. Then the composite resin is applied, smoothed, and molded to the required shape.

Blue light is used to harden the putty-like composite resin. After it’s hardened, our dentist will shape it and polish it to make its sheen resemble your healthy teeth.

The whole bonding process will take on average 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.


You must maintain excellent oral habits for the bonded teeth to last longer. Here are some tips that you can use to take care of them:

  • Avoid candy and hard food
  • Have regular dental visits every six months
  • Avoid biting your nails
  • At least brush your teeth twice a day and floss every day
  • Avoid using tobacco, tea, and coffee the first couple of days after the procedure

Benefits of Using Dental Bonding

Bonding is one of the quickest and pocket-friendly cosmetic dental procedures currently in dentistry. Teeth bonding cost is much lower than veneers and crowns.

Bonding will typically be done in a single visit as compared to veneers, which can be done in at least two visits. The process is much faster, unlike veneers, which molds have to be taken and then manufactured in a laboratory.

If you take excellent care of them, they can last up to 10 years.

Since bonding needs some form of artistic skills for best results, seek an experienced dentist in Sugarland like ours who is in Bella Smiles, who will help improve your smile.

Porcelain Veneers 101

A smile is a great accessory as it completes your look and improves your appearance. However, as simple as it may be, smiling for some people is not an option. Various dental problems such as crooked, missing, cracked, chipped or discolored teeth can damper your smile and appearance. We understand the agony and that’s why at Bella Smiles Cosmetics and Family Dentistry we offer different cosmetic treatments among them porcelain veneers.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made plastic shells that are permanently bonded to the teeth surface to change the color, length, size, and shape.

Why Do You Need Them?

Dr. Gibson recommends porcelain veneers to fix different dental conditions such as:

  • Teeth discoloration caused by drugs, excessive fluoride intake, presence of dental fillings, smoking, and certain beverages like coffee and tea
  • Chipped and broken teeth
  • Misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Gaps in teeth
  • Worn-down teeth

Although most people can use porcelain veneers, they are not ideal for people with decay, weakened teeth, bruxism, and those with insufficient amounts of enamel.

What Does the Process Involve?

Getting porcelain veneers is a multi-step.

  • Consultation

During your first appointment, the dentist will assess your bite and create a treatment plan in line with your goals and expectations for the dental procedure. The teeth will be prepared by trimming off the enamel to make space for the veneers.

Next, a bit of impression will be taken to the lab for molding. The porcelain veneers may take two weeks to be molded. In the meantime, the dentist will give you temporary veneers to protect the teeth from sensitivity.

  • Second Appointment

This is usually scheduled after two weeks and it involves fixing the permanent porcelain veneers. The dentist will remove the temporary ones, clean the teeth and bond the final veneers using special cement.

A follow-up appointment will be set to evaluate how you are responding to the veneers.

Does The Process Hurt?

Dr. Gibson numbs the area to reduce discomfort and tooth sensitivity. You should, however, expect pain and soreness as the numbness subsides.

You can alleviate gum soreness and pain using pain relievers.

What Are the Advantages and Drawbacks of Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are commonly used due to their benefits:

  • They are natural-looking and hardly noticeable
  • They are easy to care for as they mimic your natural teeth
  • Porcelain is biocompatible meaning they are well-tolerated by most people
  • They are stain-resistant
  • The veneers improve your dental appearance
  • You have the liberty of choosing the shade you want


Despite their effectiveness, porcelain veneers have a few drawbacks:

  • The process is irreversible. Once the enamel is grounded, it will not grow back
  • Porcelain is expensive
  • You can’t repair the veneers once they are crack or chip
  • The trimming of the enamel makes the teeth sensitive
  • The porcelain veneers don’t match your natural color up to the last detail
  • The color of the veneers can’t be altered. So, if you want teeth whitening, better do it before the procedure

How Long Do They Last?

Porcelain veneers can last between seven to 15 years, but this will largely depend on your oral habits. After this time, you will need to replace the veneers.
Dental veneers don’t require any special care other than the recommend routine hygiene practice. Plus, professional exam and cleaning every six months are highly effective.

How Much Do the Porcelain Veneers Cost and Are They Covered by Insurance?

The cost of the veneers will depend on the number of teeth to be fixed. About the insurance, it depends on your coverage; some insurance plans cover 50% of the fee. It is prudent to call your insurance provider to know the details of what is included. Additionally, contact our dental team for a discussion on the financial plans we offer and the accepted dental insurance covers.

Get A Dental Restoration

Are you tired of your bite? Then you need a smile makeover. Book a consultation with our dentist in Sugarland for a total dental restoration. We have various cosmetic treatments, so if veneers are not your cup of tea, we can help you choose a suitable treatment to improve your smile.