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What Is Dental Bonding?

March 2, 2017
Posted By: Scott J. Stephens, DDS Staff
Dental Bonding in Fayetteville AR | Scott J Stephens DDS

For many patients who feel that cosmetic dentistry is out of their reach because of the time required to complete treatment or because of the expense, dental bonding offers a quick and affordable alternative.

Dental bonding in our Fayetteville, AR dental office often takes only one appointment to complete and can improve the small flaws in our smiles that we are born with or that come from damage as our smiles age.

Here are a few conditions that we correct using dental bonding:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Irregular tooth shape
  • Chips
  • Non-uniform color

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a procedure that utilizes composite resin, the same material we use to fill cavities, to add to your existing tooth structure in a non-invasive and conservative way. We can change the shape of teeth using dental bonding or seal a chip that repeatedly collects stains, making teeth look brighter and more uniform.

To complete dental bonding, Dr. Stephens will place a products called etch on your tooth that assists with bonding the composite to your tooth structure. Composite comes in many colors. We will choose one that matches your natural tooth perfectly, so the result looks seamless.

Applying composite in layers and curing it to harden it between layers and then polishing the composite to match your natural tooth ensures that the result feels smooth to the tongue and also has the same shine as your natural teeth.

Teeth Whitening and Cosmetic Dentistry

If you plan to whiten your teeth, we recommend you do so prior to beginning any cosmetic dental procedures because restorations do not whiten as natural teeth do. For the brightest result, complete your whitening treatment first and then progress to the restorative phase of your treatment plan.

For more information about how dental bonding can improve your smile, contact our Fayetteville, AR dental office.

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