Through the art and science of adhesive dentistry, cosmetic bonding can help the Dental Partners of Boston to restore your smile. The bonding material is a durable composite resin, which is shaped around your tooth or teeth, cured, and polished. Bonding is primarily a cosmetic dentistry procedure which is painless and effective immediately—and the best part is the entire process typically takes less than an hour. The composite resins used during cosmetic bonding are the same materials that are used to create tooth-colored fillings. The result is a natural, beautiful restoration that won’t be noticeable to the naked eye.
Dental bonding is an incredibly versatile process, allowing the Dental Partners of Boston to address the following concerns easily:
Dental bonding begins with a thorough dental exam, just like any other dental procedure. After we determine that you are a good candidate for dental bonding, your teeth will be cleaned thoroughly. Afterwards, a substance called “etch” will be placed on the tooth, which prepares the tooth surface to improve adhesion. Next, the bonding material is color-matched to your teeth and shaped in place. After the shaping is complete, the resin will be cured with a small UV light. Next, the tooth is filed, cleaned, and polished.
With proper care and maintenance, your bonding could last as long as 10 years before needing to be touched up. Advances in dental bonding materials, such as better etching preparations and more durable resins, have improved the lifespan of cosmetic bonding and made the repairs look much more natural.
If you need extensive cosmetic work, we at Dental Partners of Boston might recommend porcelain veneers instead. Dental veneers are thin shells that are cemented over the front of the tooth, and they can completely transform your smile. Although veneers are more costly, they last longer than dental bonding.
If you are interested in giving your teeth a full or mini-makeover, contact the Dental Partners of Boston today to make an appointment for a consultation.
Maria E. Cardenas
Michael G. O’Toole