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Cosmetic Bonding

Woman smiling about her new cosmetic dental bonding results.Cosmetic dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored material is applied to the teeth in order to change the appearance, structure, and function. Bonding can be used if a tooth has become stained or damaged, and these minor repairs are an inexpensive solution to certain dental problems.

Reasons to Choose Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic dental bonding can treat several common dental issues:
•  Cracked teeth. Even small cracks can drastically alter the appearance of a tooth. Dental bonding will ensure that cracks are no longer visible.
•  Chipped teeth. Minor cracks and chips can make a major difference in the appearance of your smile, but the dental resin used in bonding can easily hide these flaws.
•  Tooth discoloration. Dental bonding can hide discoloration by painting it over with the tooth-colored resin.

Dental bonding is one of the simplest cosmetic dental procedures available, and it is one that leaves the most possible natural tooth enamel in place while improving the appearance of your smile.

The Bonding Process

To start the bonding process, we will use a shade guide in order to choose the composite resin color that will most accurately match the color of your natural teeth. Once the color has been selected, we will slightly etch or abrade the surface of your tooth to roughen it. Next, we will apply a light coat of a conditioning liquid to the tooth, as this substance will help the bonding material to adhere.

After your tooth has been prepared, we will apply a putty-like resin that will match the color of your tooth. The resin will be smoothed and molded until it is in the desired shape, and we will use a UV light to harden the material so that it looks and feels like a real tooth.

Once the bonding material has completely hardened, we will further shape and trim it. Finally, we will polish up the material until it has a sheen that matches the rest of the tooth and the teeth surrounding it. The whole process only takes 30-60 minutes to complete, but if you have several teeth that need to be bonded, you may need to make multiple appointments.

Cosmetic Bonding Aftercare

After you have your bonding completed, it is important to consider your dental behavior. To maintain the resin’s original color, you should avoid the following activities for the first 48 hours after bonding:
•  Eating stain-causing foods, like dark sauces and berries
•  Drinking beverages that might stain the teeth, such as tea or coffee
•  Smoking, as it can stain the teeth and any composite materials

If you take proper care of your teeth, the composite resin used in dental bonding can last for 3-10 years. Bonding is not quite as durable as veneers, but is an affordable alternative. To get the most out of your bonding, avoid some of the following bad habits:
•  Opening packages with your teeth
•  Biting on pencils and pens
•  Chewing on your fingernails
•  Biting down on hard items like ice cubes, candies, and popcorn kernels

To learn more about whether you are a candidate for dental bonding, please call our office.
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Dr. Brett Daby
4433 NE Tillamook Street
Portland, OR 97213
PHONE: (503) 345-9693

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