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Brighten Your Smile with Dental Bonding

If small cosmetic flaws like chipped or stained teeth are affecting your confidence in your smile, you may be a good candidate for dental bonding. This simple procedure can be a quick and cost-effective alternative to getting a new crown, braces or porcelain veneers. It’s also a way to fill cavities caused by tooth decay to keep your smile healthy.

So What Is It?

Dental bonding, also known as teeth bonding, is a procedure in which your dentist will use a durable resin to shape and repair your teeth. It can help with common problems such as:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Tooth stains
  • Mildly crooked teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • A tooth that’s too short or doesn’t line up with your other teeth correctly
  • Dental cavities
  • A partially exposed tooth root caused by receding gums

Getting your teeth bonded is usually fairly easy. The process only takes a few steps:

  • First, your dentist will match the resin to the natural color of your teeth to make sure it will blend in and create a seamless appearance.
  • Next, your dentist will roughen the surface of the tooth and apply a liquid bonding agent to keep the resin in place.
  • Once the bonding agent is ready, your dentist will apply the resin and mold it to create the right shape for your tooth.
  • Finally, your dentist will use an ultraviolet light to harden the resin. If necessary, they will do some additional shaping of the tooth after the resin is dry.

In most cases, the entire procedure only takes 30 minutes to an hour per tooth and is relatively comfortable and painless.  If you’re not getting a cavity filled, you may not even need anesthesia. Plus, bonding usually doesn’t require multiple dentist appointments or follow-up care.

Pros and Cons to Consider

Trying to decide if teeth bonding is the right solution for you? There are a few factors to take into consideration. First, let’s go over the advantages compared to other dental procedures that can correct flaws in your smile. Dental bonding:

  • Costs less than new crowns, veneers or braces.
  • Can usually be completed in one appointment.
  • Preserves almost all of the original tooth.
  • Creates aesthetically pleasing, perfectly shaped teeth.

However, it may not be the most effective treatment for everyone, especially if you have more severe issues that need to be corrected. The potential disadvantages to be aware of include:

  • Resin is not as long-lasting as crowns or porcelain veneers, although it can last up to 10 years with proper care.
  • Resin is not as stain resistant as other materials. Dentists recommend that you avoid drinking coffee or smoking for 2 days after a dental bonding procedure to reduce the risk of stains.

Dental bonding is most commonly recommended as a solution for relatively minor chips, stains and other cosmetic flaws. If you’re not sure whether it’s the best choice for you, your dentist can give you more information about all of your treatment options.

Caring for Your Bonded Teeth

When you take good care of your teeth, their bonding will last longer, and you’ll be less likely to need an appointment to restore it down the road. It’s important to:

  • Practice good dental hygiene like brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day.
  • Avoid biting your nails or chewing on things like ice, pens or pencils.
  • Watch your intake of coffee, tea and tobacco to avoid staining.
  • Be careful about eating hard candies or other hard foods.

If you ever notice issues with your teeth like sharp edges or difficulty biting down, it may be a sign that your bonding has chipped. Be sure to make an appointment with your dentist so they can correct the issue.

Don’t let stains or chipped teeth make you feel shy about showing off your smile. Talk to your dentist about whether dental bonding is the right choice for you.

At LifeSmiles by Randy Mitchmore, DDS, we have the experience and technical expertise to offer a wide range of treatments in a relaxed, anxiety-free environment. Whether you need a quick solution for a chipped tooth or a complete smile makeover, we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.


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Sally May-Frankum
Dental Hygienist

Sally’s favorite part about working with the team at LifeSmiles is the fun she has with her co-workers. Additionally, she appreciates working with Dr. Randy Mitchmore because much like her, he values whole-body health for his patients. She’s proud to be part of a team that does such high quality work.

Outside of the office: Sally enjoys being with her children and grandchildren and uses writing as a creative outlet. On the weekends, she can be found doing all things outdoors including hiking and biking.

 

Bucket List: Going to Europe, exploring every US state, and zip-lining.

Hero: The Highest Power of them all!

Toni Wilson
Queen of Charisma

 “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.”

Toni’s favorite thing about working at LifeSmiles is the beautiful scenery. When patients are having anxiety about their dental appointments, she creates a fearless atmosphere with her charisma and warmth. She is passionate about helping every patient achieve their dental health goals. She says she truly loves being part of a team where she can grow professionally and personally.

Outside the office: Toni loves spending time with her husband and their sons. She also likes to show off her green thumb with her work in her garden.


Bucket list item:
Travel around the world and learn about other cultures and regions.

Your hero: Harriet Tubman because she was passionate and a fearless leader unafraid of any of life’s challenges.

Mike Mireles
Elite Care and Education Specialist

Smiling is contagious

Mike began his career at LifeSmiles seeking an opportunity to expand his skillset and advance his career. Today he works at Dr. Michmore’s side through dental procedures and surgeries. He loves working at LifeSmiles because the entire team is continually learning and keeping up to date with the newest advancements in dentistry.

Outside the office: Mike enjoys barbecuing on his patio, traveling, and spending time with his family. He’s a dog dad of two: Tati and Tito.


Bucket list item:
To visit Thailand and Dubai and to try skydiving!

Your hero: Mike looks up to his parents and is forever grateful for the life lesson they taught him; respect, manners, strength, and to be a go-getter. He continues to carry these things with him with everything he does.

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Sandra is 44 years old and is a star athlete for the Special Olympics. At LifeSmiles, Sandra stocks patient rooms and the coffee bar. She does all kinds of special projects like decorating for holidays and preparing awesome gifts for our patients.

Sandra loves being around all her friends and is proud to wear a LifeSmiles shirt, jacket, and name badge. You’ll always find her smiling and helping make our patients smile too.

Outside the Office: Sandra likes to go fishing with her family, swim, go to dances, and walk the mall with her friends. She is very active in the Special Olympics and won second place in the state volleyball tournament (go, Sandra!) in 2020. She sings in her church choir and attends international performances with them.

Spirit Animal: Butterfly. She likes them because they are pretty.

Andie Willis
Director of Details

Andie is married with one son, Logan and now lives in The Woodlands. She grew up in Sugar Land and has followed in her mother’s footsteps – she has been in dentistry for over 35 years. Andie actually started out working in the office with her mom and learned many things from the way she worked.

Andie has been a Lead Dental Assistant for most of her career. She has worked for many specialists including oral surgeons and periodontists. She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry but especially enjoys the surgical and cosmetic side. As a science nerd, dentistry fascinates Andie and gives her a sense of accomplishment.

At LifeSmiles, she is our “Director of Details”. Andie is known for being a perfectionist because she likes to gather as much information as possible and go the extra mile to match Dr. Mitchmore’s high standards. She truly loves being part of our dedicated team of professionals who go above and beyond for our amazing patients.

Outside of the Office: Andie is addicted to Lagree fitness and loves to go off-shore fishing.

Your Hero: Her Mom. She is the most selfless person Andie knows.

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John became a new patient of LifeSmiles in 2008. He likes to tell people he was not allowed to leave. John worked down the street for 14 years before joining the team. He has a passion for meeting new people and extending genuine hospitality.

Often the first person people meet on the phone and when they walk in the door, you can count on John for a warm welcoming smile. You can even ‘hear’ it over the phone. He says, “I believe everyone deserves the red carpet treatment and love seeing other people smile.”

John hears stories every day how someone’s smile is holding them back. He can barely contain his excitement when shouting the praises of Dr. Mitchmore and the entire team. He shares passionate stories of how the transformations people have received at LifeSmiles, changed their lives.

Outside the Office: John loves being outside. He enjoys sharing a beach house with friends and family. He loves entertaining, throwing a party and cooking at home. He can start a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He’s an amateur stand-up comic.

Bucket List Item: To live in a foreign country for one year, somewhere near the beach. Take some time to write an epic love novel loosely based on my large Italian family.

Your Hero: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. While fictional, the character incorporates admirable qualities from real life people. She believes in the goodness of everyone, keeps on going and moves forward despite any obstacle. She is able to find humor in other people’s quirks, accepts them and makes sense of it all. Plus, she’s a little outrageous too.