What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding improves the look and feel of teeth.

If you have a chipped, broken or discolored tooth, Dr. Piero in Holland Michigan may recommend a dental bonding procedure to improve the aesthetic look of your smile. Tooth bonding, or dental bonding, uses a special tooth-colored resin which is applied to the tooth and then hardened with a special light. This composite resin is shaped and polished to match surrounding teeth to improve the cosmetic look and feel of your mouth.

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How is dental bonding done?

Dental bonds are applied in office.

Dental bonding is usually a quick, simple procedure that does not require anesthesia or multiple visits. First, our dentist will “shade-match” the color of the tooth, then the surface of the tooth is roughened and conditioned with a liquid bonding material which allows the tooth to adhere to the bond.  The tooth-colored resin is then applied, formed and smoothed to the desired shape.  An ultraviolet laser is used to harden the composite resin, after which Dr. Piero will trim and reshape the bonding, before polishing one last time to give you the desired smile that you were hoping for.

What can dental bonds do?

  • Repair decayed, chipped, or cracked teeth
  • Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • Close spaces (gaps) between teeth
  • Change the shape of misshapen teeth
  • Provide an alternative to metal fillings
  • Protect a portion of a tooth’s root that is exposed by receding gums

Bonds vs Porcelain Veneers

Nowadays many people want to improve their smile, but not all can afford dental veneers or crowns. Dental Bonding is a less expensive option because it doesn’t require customized tooth coverings that are sent out to a dental laboratory. In fact, bonding can usually be done during a single visit to our office. Another advantage dental bonding has over veneers or crowns is that there is less tooth enamel removed. Anesthesia isn’t usually required because in most cases bonding is pain-free.