Dental bonding is a single-visit cosmetic procedure in which a tooth-colored, moldable material called composite is skillfully applied to one or more teeth, artfully sculpted and cured to improve your smile.
Composite material is made from durable acrylic resin –– which after being applied, shaped and polished –– can look identical to your natural teeth.
Dentists use composites to achieve results in many cosmetic procedures:
- Fill cavities
- Replace unsightly amalgam/silver fillings
- Repair chipped or broken teeth
- Reduce discoloration
- Reduce gaps (diastemas) between teeth
- Improve the shape of teeth
Porcelain veneers, bridges and crowns may be alternatives to cosmetic bonding. Bonding may be a solution for patients when finances are the major concern. It is important to select a dental professional who is willing to discuss alternative solutions and who has experience in cosmetic bonding. See sections on Porcelain Veneers, Bridges and Crowns for more information.
Cosmetic bonding is often less expensive than crowns or veneers and requires less chair time with the dentist. Many dentists prefer using bonding procedures for small cosmetic changes or temporary corrections. For teeth requiring more strength, bonding may not be the best solution and the dentist may recommend inlays, onlays, crowns or veneers. Composite is not as durable as porcelain veneers or crowns and is also more porous, so staining can be an issue.
The finesse required to achieve excellent bonding results is a skill requiring practice and experience. If you are considering cosmetic bonding, we invite you to call our office to view our patient portfolio.
- Improves self-esteem and confidence
- Great results in a short amount of time
- Relatively inexpensive