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Cosmetic dental bonding is a simple, yet significant procedure that quickly masks minor surface flaws in teeth. If your tooth is generally healthy and doesn’t need a crown or veneer, bonding provides aesthetic enhancement in a minimally invasive nature. Cosmetic bonding is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to address localized issues in specific areas of your smile. For dental bonding in Rohnert Park, call our office.
What is Dental Bonding?
Composite dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure where we use tooth-colored materials to reshape or cover small discrepancies in tooth enamel. Some of the instances where cosmetic bonding is recommended include:
- Small gaps between teeth
- Minor chips in your enamel
- Atypical tooth surfaces
- Uneven teeth
Unlike porcelain veneers or dental crowns, bonding doesn’t cover the entire visible surface of a tooth. It only covers the area of concern, blending in with the surrounding enamel. For that reason, bonding is much more conservative and requires less time to place.
Advantages of Dental Bonding
There are several advantages of composite dental bonding. First and foremost, the conservative treatment is a safe and efficient way to erase the signs of irregularities in your teeth. When one tooth stands out from the rest, it can detract from your entire smile. Bonding allows our Rohnert Park cosmetic dentist to instantly mask a surface flaw from view.
Cosmetic bonding is ideal in scenarios where full-mouth treatments such as dental veneers or whitening aren’t necessary. Being that it only addresses one or two teeth at a time, the rest of your smile is left untouched. However, we can combine it with other cosmetic dentistry options to take your smile makeover to the next level.
Bonding is relatively inexpensive, making it one of the most cost-effective aesthetic options that we’re able to provide.
Cosmetic Bonding Procedure
A dental bonding appointment is relatively simple and typically completed in under a half-hour at most. Once you’re seated and comfortable—numbing is rarely if ever, needed—we will use a special shade guide to match the composite to the unique color of your enamel.
Next, the tooth is gently prepped and conditioned where the composite resin is to be bonded in place. This helps to open up the pores in your enamel to allow for maximum adhesion.
From there, we hand shape the composite directly onto your tooth discrepancy. As we cover the area of concern, the material is contoured just so, so that it recreates a full, healthy-looking version of your natural tooth.
Finally, a bright light is placed over the material to cure it permanently into place. The resin hardens and essentially becomes a new part of your tooth.
Same Day Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dental bonding is both quick and cost-effective, making it an excellent option for our patients who don’t require more advanced aesthetic services. For more information on affordable cosmetic dentistry in Rohnert Park, contact Sonoma Smiles today.
(All photos of actual patients)