Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves the application of a tooth-colored composite resin to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. This procedure can also be used to close gaps between teeth, to increase the size of a tooth, or to make a tooth look longer. The term "bonding" refers to the process of adhering the material to the tooth. The procedure is called bonding because of the way the resin adheres or bonds to the tooth. Dental bonding is an excellent option for individuals who want to enhance their smile quickly and easily.
Dental bonding can be done in a single visit to your dentist.
One of the main benefits of dental bonding is that it is non-invasive. This means that the procedure does not require any removal of your tooth structure, making it a less intensive procedure compared to crowns or veneers.
Another advantage of dental bonding is that it provides natural-looking results. The resin used in dental bonding is matched to your natural tooth color, ensuring that it blends in seamlessly with your teeth. This makes it a great option for individuals who want a natural-looking solution to their dental issues.
Dental bonding is a versatile treatment that can fix minor chips in your teeth and can even be used to whiten your teeth. If you have a chipped tooth or if your teeth have become discolored over time, dental bonding can be a quick and effective solution.
During the preparation phase, your Downtown Portland dentist, Dr. Richard Zeller at Five Pines Dental, will use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that closely matches the color of your natural teeth. This step is crucial to ensure that the bonded tooth blends seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. No anesthesia is usually required unless bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth.
Once the correct shade has been chosen, Dr. Zeller will roughen the surface of the tooth and apply a conditioning liquid. These steps help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored, putty-like resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to your desired shape.
The final step in the dental bonding process is hardening the material. Dr. Zeller will use an ultraviolet light or laser to harden the resin. After the material is hardened, Dr. Zeller will further trim and shape the tooth, and then polish it to match the sheen of the rest of your teeth.
Dental bonding is one of the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures.