The Basics of Bonding

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There are a wide variety of treatment options for people interested in improving their smile. Cosmetic dentistry can do a lot to restore a person’s confidence and self-respect. One of the many tools we have to help you is called dental bonding.

Dental or cosmetic bonding does not mean bringing your teeth closer together in a trust-building exercise. Bonding is used to improve the appearance of teeth as well as to repair damaged teeth. It takes place during a quick office visits, does not usually require anesthesia, and is very affordable.

When you come in for a bonding treatment, Dr Jon C. Bauman will first prepare the tooth to be worked on by roughening the outer enamel a little. This helps the resin to be applied to “bond” with the tooth fully. Tooth-colored resin is then applied and hardened with a special ultraviolet light. After it is hardened it will be shaped and polished.

Bonding is different from receiving veneers. A veneer is a thin shell that covers the whole front of the tooth. Much more enamel must be removed to apply a veneer. Bonding can be used to hide discoloration in the tooth, to reduce gaps between teeth, and to alter the shape of teeth. They can also be used to repair damaged teeth, just as cracks or chips. Care for bonded teeth just as you would non-bonded teeth.

A consultation at Riverdale Dental Center will be necessary to determine if dental bonding is the best cosmetic procedure to help you attain your dental goals. Call our Brighton, Colorado, office today for an appointment.