Fast, minimally invasive, and affordable, dental bonding is a powerful cosmetic dentistry procedure that can completely alter the appearance of your smile. At Impressions Dental in Chandler, AZ, dental bonding is a common procedure that we use to restore and beautify our patients’ teeth.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding, also known as cosmetic tooth bonding, involves the application of a tooth-colored, composite resin to correct a damaged tooth or improve the aesthetics of a tooth. The bonding material is matched to your existing teeth so it will blend into your enamel and not stand out.
The bonding procedure requires only one visit to your Chandler dentist, and only takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete. This procedure can work for both adults and children. For patients who are interested in avoiding a dental crown or porcelain veneer to fix an unsightly tooth, bonding is a welcome option.
Problems Fixed by Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
Dental bonding can address an array of dental conditions, correcting problems like:
- Broken teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Damaged teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
Once completed, a dental bonding procedure can last for decades. It is important to keep in mind that even though the resin used to coat the teeth is nonporous, it is susceptible to staining without careful upkeep. Proper care of teeth, including a dedicate oral hygiene routine at home and visits to your Chandler family dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning and check-up, will keep your bonding looking good and all your teeth healthy and strong.
If you are interested in teeth whitening as well as bonding, it is a good idea to get the teeth whitened first so the resin can be matched to your brightened teeth and your smile will look uniform.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
Because cosmetic tooth bonding is non-invasive, it is one of the most comfortable dental restorations you can undergo. Tooth structure remains intact for nearly every bonding procedure, eliminating the need for drills, anesthesia, or pain medication, unless you are undergoing a repair for tooth decay. Here is how the procedure typically works:
- Prep: The tooth in question is roughened slightly and a conditioning liquid is applied so the resin can attach to the teeth.
- Application: Tooth-colored resin material, which is a putty-like substance, is matched to the shade of your teeth and painted over the tooth’s surface.
- Shaping: Bonding material is shaped and built up to look like a natural tooth so it is the proper size or fills in a gap, as needed.
- Curing: Using a laser or ultraviolet light, the bonding material is hardened in place and then polished for a natural-looking, long-lasting, secure restoration.
Cosmetic tooth bonding is one of the most affordable dental restorations. There is no need to rely on the help of a dental lab to prepare materials, making this a cost-effective way to reshape, resize, correct, and beautify problem teeth.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Bonding?
Whether you need to fix one problem tooth that has bothered you for a long time or an unexpected dental issue that has just developed, always ask your Chandler dentist whether cosmetic tooth bonding is a viable solution. This affordable, fast, effective treatment can often address the matter at hand while also saving you both time and expense.
Dental bonding is customized and carefully designed just for your smile. Allow Dr. Brigham Baker and his team at Impressions Dental to turn damaged or unsightly teeth into miniature works of art that restore your smile and confidence. Contact us to schedule a consultation.