Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics

Dental Bonding 101: What Is It and Why Do I Need It?

December 25, 2020
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Posted By: Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics

Many patients often wonder what dental bonding is and why it is sometimes necessary. Dental bonding, or tooth bonding, is an effective solution for the correction of minor dental flaws and blemishes. If you have damaged, discolored, or misshapen teeth, dental bonding can give you the newfound confidence to show off your pearly whites. At Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics, we provide stress-free dental bonding for patients with various smile goals.

The Benefits of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is typically a less expensive alternative compared to other procedures like veneers or crowns. Used to treat multiple dental concerns, dental bonding can repair chipped or damaged teeth to misshapen or discolored teeth. Additionally, dental bonding is an affordable cosmetic alternative to silver amalgam fillings. If you are looking for an affordable solution for chipped or discolored teeth, Dr. Chen and our team at Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics can help.

Dental bonding repairs a variety of cosmetic concerns such as:

  • Repair cracked, fractured, or chipped teeth
  • Improve discoloration and eliminates stains 
  • Fill in minor spacing or gaps between teeth 
  • Reshape teeth for a more uniform appearance

Unlike dental crowns and veneers, dental bonding is a quick and cost-effective procedure that does not require removing your tooth’s natural structure. Because of the bonding agent's flexibility, it can be applied or removed without additional damage to your enamel.  

The Dental Bonding Process

Dental bonding is a safe, simple out-patient dental procedure that does not typically require anesthesia. During this procedure, malleable tooth-colored resin is carefully applied and shaped to your teeth. The dental resin is then hardened with a special light to ensure the bonding process. 

Before the procedure, you and Dr. Chen will choose the dental resin that best matches your natural smile. Dr. Chen will then prepare the surface of your tooth with a roughing gel so the bonding agent can stick to it. After the bonding agent is applied, the composite resin is placed over your existing enamel and formed into the proper shape. Using ultraviolet light, Dr. Chen will dry and harden the molding to your tooth. Finally, Dr. Chen will polish and buff the molding to produce a brilliant and natural shine. 

How We Can Help 

Do you want a healthy smile that will boost your confidence? At Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics, we offer dental bonding for patients who seek to improve their smile without resorting to pricey dental procedures. If Dr. Chen determines dental bonding is not right for you, there is no reason to worry! Dr. Chen and our skilled dental team will recommend other treatment options to improve your unique smile. Call our Aurora office at (303) 627-5755 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chen.

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