We aren’t all born with perfect smiles, but if you’ve been unhappy with an oddly shaped tooth, uneven bite or gap in your grin, Berkeley dental bonding can shape up your smile in no time. This is best for minor cosmetic enhancements.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental or cosmetic bonding is a composite resin that is applied to teeth and polished to look just like rest of your mouth. Bonding is an easy and affordable solution that can usually be applied in just one treatment, unlike a veneer that needs to be fabricated elsewhere. Bondings are small but easily manipulated (before application) to fit each individual.
What Can Dental Bonding Fix?
There are a number of reasons you might be a candidate for dental bonding. They include:
- Lengthening teeth to match the rest of the mouth
- Restoring a white sparkle to stained teeth
- Replacing minor chips or filling small cracks in one or more teeth, especially on the front (outward facing) side
- Covering small, natural spaces between teeth
- Shaping a tooth that may not look like the teeth around it
What to Expect When Dental Bonding is Applied
To begin, you and our Berkeley cosmetic dentists will go over exactly what imperfection you’re wanting to fix and what you’d like your smile to look like when the procedure is finished. If we believe bonding is the right course of action for your concern, we’ll get started. Once that’s settled, a small etching will need to be made on the tooth in question to help it adhere more firmly to the bonding. The putty-like bonding, colored to fit your tooth’s unique shade, is then gently applied and carefully molded to the shape desired. As needed, our dentists will trim some resin away and move the putty around until it’s just right. From there, it doesn’t take long for the resin to harden thanks to a beam of laser light. Once the bonding has adhered to the tooth and is hardened, a quick polish is the finishing touch!
After a few days of avoiding things that can stain the resin — like coffee, tea and tobacco products — the bonding is totally set and should last several years with proper home care. From that day on, when you look in the mirror the smile staring back at you will be the one you’ve always wanted!