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Improve Your Smile With Dental Bonding

By Steven Kail on August 05, 2012


Bells Dental BondingYellowed, chipped, or otherwise damaged teeth don't have to keep you from smiling. Our patients in the Bells area are getting the smile of their dreams with dental bonding treatment. We invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at the Premier Dental Center to see the latest techniques, like dental bonding, that we offer at our Bells cosmetic dentistry practice to restore the beauty and health of your smile. Read on to learn what dental bonding can do for you. 

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a restorative dental procedure designed to repair damage, discoloration, and other imperfections. With dental bonding, a putty-like resin is applied to the affected tooth. In order for the resin to adhere to the tooth, the surface of the tooth is roughened. The resin is then made to the desired shade, shape, and size. Once the resin is applied, a laser or an ultra violet light is focused onto the tooth. This hardens and sets the resin in a process called curing. After the curing is completed, the resin is trimmed and polished to seamlessly blend with the rest of the teeth.

The length of time to complete the dental bonding treatment depends on how many teeth are being treated, and for many, can be completed in one dental visit. For most, the dental bonding process takes 30 minutes to an hour per tooth.

What Conditions Can Dental Bonding Repair?

Dental bonding can repair a number of dental imperfections and improve the overall aesthetics of your smile. Some of the improvements dental bonding can make on your smile include:

  • Whiten yellowed, stained, or discolored teeth.
  • Repair minor cracks or chipped teeth.
  • Treat minor cavities or decay.
  • Improve the look of irregularly shaped teeth.
  • Lengthen small or short teeth.
  • Close gaps between teeth.

Other Treatment Options

Not everyone is a candidate for dental bonding. For our patients in Bells, porcelain veneers or dental crowns may be more suitable. Like with dental bonding, porcelain veneers can be used to repair minor damage and alter the shape and shade of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped, shells that are bonded to the tooth's surface instead of using a putty, like with dental bonding. For those with more extensive decay, fractures, or overall damage, dental crowns are a great solution. Crowns completely surround the damaged tooth, restoring the tooth's appearance and strength. Both porcelain veneer and dental crown treatments typically require two dental visits. During the first, an impression of the tooth needing treatment is made and sent to a dental lab. At the lab, the impression is used to create the veneer or crown. Once the veneer or crown is ready, a second dental visit is needed to fit and attach the veneer or crown. 

Schedule A Consultation Today!

We have numerous treatment plans to restore the health and beauty of your smile. Schedule a consultation with us today. We look forward to creating a personalized treatment plan just for you.

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