How Dental Bonding Can Improve Your Smile

How Dental Bonding Can Improve Your Smile

If you have small cracks, discoloration, or gaps in your teeth, you may be looking for a cosmetic dentistry procedure to help treat it. Procedures like crowns or veneers may be a bit pricey for some patients. Fortunately, there is another option available that is more affordable and very versatile, so it can be used to treat a variety of issues. Dental bonding, available at Rock Rose Dental in Roseville, CA, can help hide common imperfections and improve the look of your smile.

What is dental bonding?

Also known as tooth bonding, dental bonding is a treatment that involves applying a tooth-colored resin onto one or more teeth. Bonding can be sculpted to the desired shape, then hardened. The procedure is non-invasive and completely painless. It’s also inexpensive, making it a popular choice for many patients interested in cosmetic dentistry.

Uses of dental bonding

Dental bonding can be used to:

  • Repair a decayed tooth (fill in large cavities)
  • Cover chips or cracks in the teeth
  • Hide discoloration and severe stains
  • Cover gaps between teeth
  • Make teeth appear longer
  • Cover exposed tooth roots (to help treat tooth sensitivity)

How is dental bonding applied?

The procedure to apply dental bonding takes between 30 minutes to an hour. If more than one tooth is being treated, you may need to schedule an additional appointment. In most cases, no anesthesia is needed for this procedure, unless a decayed tooth is being treated.

Your dentist will start by choosing the composite resin color that best matches the natural shade of your teeth. Then, the surface of your tooth (or teeth) will be etched slightly. This involves having a slightly acidic solution applied to lightly roughen the surface, helping the bonding material to adhere more securely. A conditioning liquid will then be applied before the bonding material is applied as a putty-like resin. It will be molded and smoothed until it has reached the desired shape, then hardened. To complete the restoration, your dentist will further trim and shape it until it matches the neighboring teeth and your bite, then polish it so that it matches the sheen of your teeth.

This simple, non-invasive procedure can be used in many different ways in Roseville, CA. Make an appointment at Rock Rose Dental today to make a cosmetic improvement to your smile.