What Is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding, also called direct or teeth bonding, is a cosmetic and restorative treatment we use to improve the appearance and/or function of the teeth that show when you smile. A tooth-colored composite resin is applied and then artfully sculpted directly onto the affected tooth or teeth. It is the same biocompatible, natural looking material we use in white fillings. Cosmetic bonding can be used to fix the following issues:
- Chipped teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Broken teeth
- Slight gaps between the teeth
- Teeth that are misshapen or too pointy
- Oddly textured teeth (chalky or pitted and grooved)
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How Does Cosmetic Bonding Work?
Cosmetic bonding is usually completed in a single visit at our Trenton dental office . First, if any decay is present, your dentist will remove it and thoroughly clean and dry the tooth. The tooth must stay completely dry throughout the treatment, so we will use cotton to isolate it from any saliva or moisture. An etching solution roughens the surface of the tooth to encourage bonding between enamel and resin, and the composite resin is then applied directly to the tooth. Using a blend of artistry and scientific expertise, our cosmetic dentist shapes the resin into the most pleasing appearance using special tools. Once we are satisfied the new tooth looks perfect, the composite resin is hardened in a matter of minutes under a special light. After the procedure is complete, we will give you a small handheld mirror to reveal the first glimpse of your new, beautiful smile!