What is Dental Bonding?
Bonding is the word we use for cosmetic changes made to your teeth using composite resin, an affordable
and speedy alternative to porcelain veneers. This tooth-colored material is the same resin used in bonded
white fillings as an alternative to metal fillings. It can be used to address a wide range of issues, such as:
- to close gaps between teeth
- to cover discoloration
- to fix cracks or chips
- to lengthen short teeth
- to protect roots where gums have receded
- to change the shape of a misshapen tooth
How Does Bonding Work?
Depending on the issue to be addressed, most of the time little preparation of the tooth is needed. Decay or
reshaping may require some drilling and therefore anesthesia. First, we use a shade guide to select the best
color match. Then, after the tooth surface is roughened and a conditioning liquid is applied, the resin is
molded into position, shaped, and smoothed. After a short time with a curing light, it has hardened into place!
The material can absorb staining more easily than natural enamel, so you’ll be instructed not to eat or drink
certain foods for a short period of time. Then, regular daily hygiene and visits to the dentist will keep the
bonding looking as beautiful as the rest of your teeth!
Schedule a complimentary consultation by calling (423) 586-3432, and we’ll
discuss the ways cosmetic bonding might be right for you!