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Composite Dental Bonding


Bonding is a procedure where we apply a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth, shape it, allow it to harden and polish it. It can be used in certain situations where a tooth has been damaged or become stained. These are generally minor repairs that can be resolved through this relatively inexpensive means rather than through a more costly dental procedure.

Dr. Pickens will prepare the tooth surface so the bonding material will adhere. Once it has been applied, the dentist will shape it so it has a natural appearance. Then the material is allowed to harden, usually with the help of a light. Finally, the composite is polished and buffed so that the surface is smooth. Bonding is a perfectly adequate and more affordable solution to certain dental problems. Dental bonding can take less time to accomplish and may not even require anesthesia.

When To Use Composite Dental Bonding

Sometimes our teeth are perhaps a bit misshapen, or maybe they even have parts missing due to a fall that resulted in a chipped tooth. When this happens, our self-confidence can take a hit. Finding yourself too self-conscious to even smile, for example, can quickly lead to a miserable social life, among other things. Cosmetic bonding, then, is the quick and easy way to get over those issues and start living life with the smile of your dreams.

Cosmetic bonding is a procedure where veneer or resin is placed on your teeth in order give you a smile that is more uniform in nature. Dental bonding can be done in a variety of situations to correct a variety of issues with your teeth, including their:
•  Shape
•  Width
•  Size
•  Color
•  Length

The Cosmetic Bonding Process

There are a couple of different kinds of bonding you should know about. Tooth bonding is bonding where we will apply a composite resin to the affected teeth in question. The resin will be matched to the color of your teeth and can be further sculpted into the perfect shape to suit your tastes. Once we have a look just right, we will bond that permanently into place. Veneer bonding is another kind of cosmetic bonding. This is an especially popular kind of bonding where a veneer of some kind, usually porcelain, is attached to your teeth and bonded in place.

Many patients are worried that cosmetic bonding will hurt, and the truth is that it is usually painless. The process is not an invasive one, and because it does not require you to have surgery or anything like that, it tends to be an easy one. Should you take good care of your dental bonding, you can expect it to last for over a decade. That means spending the same amount of time that you should already take on your other teeth to carefully brush and floss the bonded teeth in question. The care instructions do not tend to change just because you have some bonding done.

If you have any questions or for more information about cosmetic bonding, give Pickens Family Dentistry a call today at (360) 447-6355!
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Pickens Family Dentistry


7508 NE Vancouver Mall Dr.
Vancouver, WA 98662

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