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What Is Dental Bonding?

December 11, 2017

A smile only needs improvement if it is unhealthy or if it makes you feel self-conscious. If you have unhealthy teeth, you may need treatment to restore them back to health. If you have a smile that makes you feel insecure or self-conscious, cosmetic dentistry may help give you that confidence boost of an updated smile. Dental bonding can be a conservative and cost-effective treatment that can cosmetically alter the size, shape, or appearance of your tooth or teeth. If you have deep stains, chips or cracks, or oddly sized or shaped teeth, dental bonding can help address it.

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What Is Bonding?

Dental bonding is a composite resin that is the same as the material that is used in tooth-colored fillings. The composite resin is applied directly onto the tooth. The material is then shaped and sculpted into the desired shape and size. The resin is hardened before being polished to give a natural appearance. Dental bonding looks like tooth material and it can seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile. It can typically be done by your dentist in a single visit. Dental bonding is one of the most conservative cosmetic treatments, which means that it preserves most of your natural tooth.

Issues Bonding Can Address

Dental bonding is applied directly to the enamel of your teeth, so it can literally cover most issues that impact the surface of your teeth. Deep intrinsic stains, stains that come from within the tooth, cannot be removed through a whitening treatment. Bonding can be color-matched to fit in with the rest of your smile or to match your desired shade. Cosmetic bonding can cover intrinsic stains, chips and cracks in the surface of the tooth, and small gaps. Bonding can be used to even out the shape and size of teeth that are incongruent with the rest of your smile. Bonding is a great option when you have just one or a few teeth with issues to address.

Bonding Can Help You Get a Confidence-Boosting Smile

Could dental bonding be right for your smile? To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.