Can Dental Bonding Correct My Discolored Tooth?

Can Dental Bonding Correct My Discolored Tooth?

One of the first things people notice about you when you smile is your teeth. So it’s no surprise that you want them to look as good as possible. But what can you do when one tooth just doesn’t blend in with the others? Dental bonding may be an option to help you regain whiteness on that tooth.

At Woodland Lakes Dental Studio in Conroe, Texas, our team helps you with whatever may be affecting your smile, including discolored teeth. Dr. Gabriel Polo, our in-house dentist, offers dental bonding for a number of different issues, including discolored teeth.

Causes of tooth discoloration

Your teeth come in nice and white when you’re young; but as the years roll on, you’re likely wishing your teeth would be as white as they once were. Unfortunately, a lot of factors can cause your teeth to become discolored, some of which include:

Your environment also plays a role, especially when there’s too much fluoride in your drinking water or you have too much fluoride applied to your teeth over time. This can lead to unsightly white spots on your teeth.

Trauma when you’re younger may also lead to discoloration of your teeth. If this happens when you’re younger than eight years old, an injury can disturb the proper formation of the enamel on your teeth, often leading to discoloration.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a way for Dr. Polo to change the look of your tooth without expensive materials or weeks of waiting. It’s a relatively quick procedure that’s used for several different dental problems, including:

Dental bonding is also used to fix cracks in your teeth, or to lengthen a tooth that’s too short compared to your other teeth.

Dr. Polo uses a material known as composite resin to help fix the imperfections in your teeth. The resin starts out similar to a putty, which is shaped and molded by Dr. Polo to make the affected teeth look like new.

Once the resin is applied to your teeth, it hardens and is then polished down to look like your own enamel. There are different shades of white that the bonding material takes on, and Dr. Polo finds the one that most closely resembles the rest of your teeth.

Does dental bonding whiten teeth?

Dental bonding is a great way to fix a discolored tooth quickly and easily. While it doesn’t actually whiten your existing enamel, it does cover up the imperfections on your tooth. Dental bonding is most often used on the teeth in the front of your mouth, but can be used on any tooth you need fixed.

Whitening treatments focus on whitening all of your teeth, whereas dental bonding only focuses on the discolored tooth or teeth that are bothering you. It’s also one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get the whiteness you desire for your discolored tooth.

The composite resin isn’t as strong as other materials, such as crowns or veneers, so you need to be careful with the tooth after your procedure to avoid staining or chipping the dental bonding.

To get whiter teeth with dental bonding, call our office or request an appointment online today to discuss your options.

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