Being unhappy with the appearance of your smile can run deeper than surface-level insecurities. Feeling the need to constantly hide your discolored, damaged, or misaligned teeth can have far-reaching consequences on your self-esteem and mental health.
While many different cosmetic treatments can improve the appearance of your teeth, dental bonding is one of the most affordable, versatile, and least invasive of them all. Simply by bonding composite resin to the teeth, we can restore missing or damaged tooth enamel and hide aesthetic imperfections with ease.
The results last for many years and it’s a great quick fix for patients who don’t want to file down their enamel for veneers or return for multiple appointments. If you’re interested in improving your smile with dental bonding, contact us at Columbia River Dental today to schedule a consultation.
Dental bonding only takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
Dr. Feller will examine your teeth and have an open conversation with you about your cosmetic goals. We need to rule out oral health problems to make sure you’re a candidate for bonding.
Composite resin is the material used in dental bonding that will cover up your enamel. To create a seamless smile, we will match the shade of the resin to your surrounding teeth.
To make the bonding agent stick, we use a special tooth to roughen the surface of your tooth before applying a conditioning liquid.
Composite resin is applied and molded to the tooth. Once the desired shape and size of the tooth are achieved, a UV light will harden the resin.
Even after the resin is fully hardened, additional shaping of the bonding material can be performed to make sure the teeth look perfectly even. Then, the tooth is polished for a shiny finish.
If you have severe discoloration, a dental cleaning or whitening treatment may only slightly improve the shade of your teeth. Composite resin comes in many different shades and can be used to cover up tooth discoloration for up to 10 years – eliminating the need for constant whitening treatments.
Even though dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment, it can actually improve the strength and structure of your teeth to improve your oral health. Have an exposed root? By applying dental bonding, we can prevent bacteria from entering the tooth’s roots.
Have thin or eroded enamel? Applying a layer of dental bonding, will thicken your teeth and reduce your risk for cavities. Have minor chips and cracks? These can be filled in with bonding to improve tooth appearance and prevent further breakage.
If you have small gaps between your teeth or they’re slightly crooked, you might not want to spend a ton of money on orthodontics. That’s where dental bonding comes in – if you have one or two crooked teeth and one small gap, it’s much simpler and cost-effective to cover this up with dental bonding. We can do this by widening or enlarging the teeth, making them look perfectly straight and evenly spaced.
Dental bonding is commonly combined with tooth contouring which is the removal of your tooth enamel. When you use these two procedures together, you can file down sharp teeth, smooth out sharp edges, elongate short teeth, make small teeth look bigger, or cover up misshapen teeth. In some cases, this may be achieved with bonding alone and in others, tooth contouring may be used to achieve the best cosmetic outcomes.
Dental bonding is painless and can be done without any numbing agents.