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Dental Bonding

happy older coupleDid you know you can rejuvenate your smile without breaking the bank? If you’re looking for an affordable way to address various dental issues, such as chips, cracks, stains, and gaps, consider bonding. This is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is bonded to the surface of the teeth.

What’s Involved?

The dentist first isolates the tooth or teeth that need to be bonded. Next, a gentle phosphoric acid compound is applied to the tooth for only 15 seconds to prepare the tooth for the procedure. The phosphoric acid does not cause any discomfort, and it is a necessary step to ensure that the bonding resin material adheres properly to the tooth surface.

The next step is the application of the liquid resin. This is a putty-like compound, matched to your natural tooth color, applied in layers to the tooth surface, shaped properly to match the other teeth, and then “cured” with a special blue light. The resin is applied in several layers and sculpted until the tooth is the right shape and thickness.

The final step involves smoothing, buffing and polishing the bonded tooth so it looks natural and blends nicely with nearby teeth.

Are the Results Permanent?

This cosmetic procedure generally lasts from 7-10 years, with proper daily dental hygiene and regular checkups. Bonded teeth need to be checked periodically due to wear and aging, and these teeth also tend to stain more easily.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will people be able to tell my tooth was bonded?

The composites used for tooth bonding look like natural teeth, so it’s unlikely that others will detect your tooth has been repaired.

Is this cosmetic procedure similar to veneers?

No, these are two entirely different procedures. Veneers are thin shells used to cover the front of a tooth. They conceal any imperfections on the front of the tooth. In addition, a small portion of enamel is often removed from the tooth to prepare for veneer placement. Veneers are also a permanent solution, while dental bonding is not.

Does a tooth repaired with bonding need to be cleaned in any special way?

No, floss daily, brush twice a day, and visit your dentist twice a year.

Book an Evaluation

Wondering if bonding is right for your dental concern? Contact Bloom Dental today to schedule an evaluation.