Dental, or cosmetic bonding, is one of the most simple and cost-effective ways to modify your smile. Like many dentists, we here at Calapooia Family Dental offer cosmetic bonding to help our patients achieve and maintain a more esthetically-pleasing smile. Our office also utilizes the latest techniques and cutting-edge technology to ensure the best possible results.
What Is Cosmetic Bonding?
Bonding involves the application of composite resin, a tooth-colored plastic material that mimics the appearance of natural enamel. Unlike other cosmetic restorations, such as veneers or dental crowns, bonding can be done in a single appointment. We may recommend bonding to make quick and minor cosmetic modifications.
Bonding is most often used to correct small chips or cracks in the enamel. However, we may also recommend it to brighten a discolored tooth and close the space between gapped teeth. Composite bonding can make teeth look longer as well.
Dental bonding may also be used for restorative purposes. Composite resin is one of the most common materials used for dental fillings, especially for teeth in the visible smile line. Composite fillings offer improved esthetics over silver (amalgam) ones because they can be color-matched to the tooth.
Cosmetic Bonding Process
Like most cosmetic treatments, the bonding process begins with a consultation appointment. During your consultation, Dr. Summers or Dr. Hagerty will perform a comprehensive exam to determine if dental bonding is right for you. Once we conclude that you are a suitable candidate, we can schedule your procedure.
In some cases, the bonding procedure can be performed during the same appointment as your consultation. Often, the procedure does not require local anesthetic as it is virtually painless.
During the procedure, we will first prepare the tooth will a conditioning liquid and a light etching of the surface. This helps the composite resin better bond to the enamel. Next, we will choose a shade of composite the best matches the color of your tooth.
Once the tooth is properly prepared, we will apply the composite resin. We then shape and texture the material until it makes the appearance of natural enamel. After we are satisfied with the look, we use an ultraviolet curing light to harden the composite and expedite the bonding process.
The final step involves polishing the composite resin until it matches the sheen of your tooth. Once the procedure is complete, the composite should be virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your enamel.
Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding
Dental bonding has several benefits over other cosmetic treatments, some of which include:
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