Patients in Sacramento, CA ask, “How does dental bonding work?”
Many patients are embarrassed by gaps between their front teeth or chipped teeth. Cosmetic dentistry procedures allow patients to successfully camouflage small imperfections. In Sacramento, CA, Dr. Kosta Adams and Dr. Kristen Adams offer cosmetic procedures including dental bonding to restore patients’ smiles.
How does dental bonding work?
Dental bonding is used to correct cosmetic problems such as spacing or gaps. Stained, chipped, or broken teeth can also be addressed. Bonding uses a tooth-colored material to improve the imperfections. Little advance preparation is needed for dental bonding. A shading guide helps your dentist select the appropriate composite resin color to match your natural tooth.
To prepare the tooth for bonding, it is etched and a conditioning liquid is applied. This process allows the resin to bond to the tooth. The tooth-colored resin is molded, applied, and sculpted into the desired shape. A special light or laser hardens the material. Once bonded and hardened, your dentist can trim, shape, and polish the material to match the natural tooth. The entire procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.
Bonding is a good option for small cosmetic dentistry needs and is often a more economical option than other cosmetic procedures. Depending on the patient, dental bonding can be used to restore or correct imperfections. Uses for bonding may include the following:
- Closing a gap between teeth
- Fixing chipped teeth
- Altering the appearance, color, or shape of teeth
Benefits of dental bonding
When it comes to correcting small imperfections, bonding is an effective, efficient procedure to restore your beautiful smile. Advantages of this procedure include the following:
- Cost-effective – Compared to other cosmetic options, dental bonding is often less expensive yet creates a durable, natural-looking result.
- Quick – The bonding process is generally started and completed in a single dental appointment.
- Simple – Most bonding procedures do not require anesthesia.
- Safe – Little tooth preparation is needed for the bonding process which allows patients to maintain the integrity of the tooth.
The team at Adams Dental Associates strives to maintain the health and beauty of your smile. Schedule your appointment today. Call (916) 999-1302.