What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a procedure during which a plastic material (called resin) is applied to your teeth and hardened by a special light, thus “bonding” the resin to the tooth. Bonding is usually applied for cosmetic reasons because it’s a quick and easy way to drastically enhance the appearance of your smile. In addition to aesthetics, dental bonding is also used as a filling to repair decayed teeth, protect tooth roots in the event of receding gums, and to fill spaces in between teeth.

No matter how had you try to take the best possible care of your teeth, they may still develop cosmetic issues. You may chip a tooth during sports, or you may notice the slight discoloration of the teeth that occurs with age, but either way, you’ll have plenty of options. Dental bonding is among the most cost-effective of these options.

How Is Dental Bonding Done?

Before the procedure, the surface of your teeth will be roughened up, and Dr. Renee Shepherd will apply a conditioning solution to them. This solution will help the resin stick to your teeth. After this, the resin is applied to the teeth, molded into shape and then smoothed out. Next, a laser or UV light will be shined onto the teeth to help harden the resin and “bond” it to your teeth. Once everything is all finished, your procedure should only have taken between 30-45 minutes, and you most likely won’t even need anesthesia!

After your teeth have been bonded, there are no extra steps you’ll need to take in order to care of them. Flossing and brushing regularly, like usual, will help your bonding last up to 10 years! If you do have problems with the bonding, all you need to do is schedule an appointment with Longmont Dental & Orthodontics to receive a touch-up or a replacement.

To talk to our skilled dentist about dental bonding, please contact our dental office in Longmont, CO to schedule an appointment!