Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an alternative to veneers and can restore chipped, cracked, discolored, or misaligned teeth.

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding involves preparing the tooth for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape. After the resin sets, it is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to achieve a natural appearance. Bonding is commonly used to repair or improve the appearance of a tooth. It is often used in cosmetic procedures to cover chipped teeth, but it can also serve as an alternative to fillings, to close up spaces, or to fill in gaps.

Graphic depicting a dental bonding procedure
  • Which one should I get for dental bonding vs. veneers?

    When deciding between dental bonding and veneers, it’s important to consider your specific needs. Both treatments can fix broken teeth or cavities and improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers cover the entire front surface of the tooth, while bonding is applied to a smaller area. Both options can enhance your smile and address spacing issues. Dental bonding is typically used for emergencies, such as a cracked or fractured tooth, and can be completed in just one appointment. It’s a great quick fix for minor to moderate defects or cavities on your front teeth. On the other hand, veneers require more time and upfront investment but provide a superior, longer-term cosmetic result. Keep in mind that veneers are an alternative solution to bonding.

  • What is gum contouring?

    Gum contouring is a common procedure for people who are unhappy with their “gummy” smile. Some gum tissue is removed and shaped during the procedure to reveal more natural teeth. This is a highly personal decision based on how individuals feel about their gums. Gum contouring or reshaping may be suitable if the gums are uneven or cover too much or too little of the teeth.

  • How long does dental bonding last?

    Dental bonding doesn’t last as long as veneers, but the application should last approximately ten years if you properly care for your teeth. This means avoiding hard candy, ice cubes, and similar substances that can break down and crack the composite material. The length of the application is also affected by the bonded area; for example, an imperfect bite or grinding of your teeth can cause the composite to break down faster.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about dental bonding, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

Drew Family Dentistry

2215 NW Shevlin Park Rd, Suite 110
Bend, OR 97703
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