If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth or have some minor damage to your tooth enamel that you would like to repair, then dental bonding may be the best choice for you. Contact us at Morrison Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eric Morisson.
Dental bonding is the process of bonding a material known as composite resin to the teeth to rebuild the tooth’s structure or change the appearance of the teeth entirely.
This procedure can be used to cover up chips or cracks, close gaps in the teeth, cover up discoloration, change the size of teeth that are too small or alter the shape of teeth that are uneven or misshapen.
If you have minor enamel erosion, this material can replace your worn-down enamel. The resin is tooth-colored and matched to the shade of your natural teeth using a shade guide, so this cosmetic treatment looks incredibly natural.
We will match the composite resin to your natural tooth shade using a shade guide. We will then prepare the tooth by roughening the surface of your enamel and applying a conditioning liquid. The composite resin is then applied, shaped, and molded to the tooth.
A UV light is used to cure the resin to instantly harden. After curing, additional shaping and trimming can be performed. The process is completed by polishing the tooth.
This process, also known as enameloplasty, is often combined with dental bonding to produce the most aesthetic results. If you have teeth that are too long, too sharp, or oddly shaped, we can change the length, shape, and size of the teeth by removing a small amount of tooth enamel.
While this does require some drilling, you will be under local anesthetic and won’t feel any pain, similar to getting a dental filling. This procedure enables us to remove chips from teeth, correct teeth that are overlapping, file down teeth that are too long or pointy, and change how the teeth are shaped.
No, dental bonding and contouring are both completely painless procedures. While shaping and contouring involve using a dental drill to file down some of your tooth enamel, your mouth will be completely numb and you will not feel any pain or discomfort.
Not all patients will need to have their teeth contoured and may only be interested in the bonding alone. Bonding is non-invasive and merely involves building the tooth back up so there is no drilling, anesthetic, or pain involved.