Dental Bonding in
The Dalles, OR

What Is Dental Bonding?

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.

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Dental bonding only takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.

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How It Works: The Dental Bonding Process

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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.

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Shade Matching

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.

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Tooth Etching

To make the bonding agent stick, we use a special tooth to roughen the surface of your tooth before applying a conditioning liquid.

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Resin Application & Curing

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.

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Final Trimming

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.

What Problems Can Dental Bonding Fix?

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Permanent Tooth Whitening

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.

Repair Minor Damage

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.

Get Straighter Teeth Without Orthodontics

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.

Transform the Shape of Your Teeth

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.

Did you know…

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Dental bonding is painless and can be done without any numbing agents.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does dental bonding last?

Dental bonding is a popular solution for correcting various cosmetic dental issues, but how long can you expect it to last? The longevity of dental bonding largely depends on your oral habits and the care you take of your teeth. On average, dental bonding can last anywhere from 4 to 8 years. However, with excellent oral hygiene practices, regular dental visits, and avoiding habits that could chip or break the bonding, such as biting on hard foods or objects, it could potentially last even longer. Regular check-ups with Dr. Jonathan Feller can help ensure your bonding stays in top shape for as long as possible. Remember, dental bonding requires the same care that you put toward your normal oral hygiene routine!

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Is dental bonding noticeable?

One of the key advantages of dental bonding is its natural appearance. The resin used in dental bonding is carefully matched to the color of your existing teeth, making it virtually unnoticeable. This means you can smile, talk, and eat with confidence, knowing that your dental bonding blends seamlessly with your natural teeth. It's a great solution for those who want to improve their smile without the obvious appearance of dental work. Dr. Jonathan Feller at Columbia River Dental is highly skilled in creating a natural look with dental bonding.

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Do teeth rot under bonding?

While dental bonding is a durable and long-lasting solution, it doesn't make your teeth invincible to decay. Just like your natural teeth, the teeth under your bonding can still develop cavities if not properly cared for. This is why it's crucial to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. It's also important to remember that the bonding material itself cannot decay, but the tooth underneath it can. Regular visits to Columbia River Dental can help ensure any potential issues are caught early and dealt with promptly. We strive to ensure your smile is healthy from inside out, so you can maintain your beautiful restoration for years to come.

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How painful is dental bonding?

The process of dental bonding is generally painless and does not require the use of anesthesia unless it's being used to fill a decayed tooth. The procedure involves the application of a tooth-colored resin material to the tooth, which is then hardened with a special light. While you might feel some pressure during the application and shaping of the resin, it should not cause any discomfort. However, if you're particularly anxious about dental procedures, it's always best to discuss this with your dentist. Dr. Jonathan Feller and the team at Columbia River Dental are committed to ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure.