Dental Bonding

Smiles are meant to enhance and brighten our features and moods! However, if you have gaps, discoloration, chips and/or misaligned teeth you don’t want to smile. If you do smile, it is always one where you do not fully smile rather it is a closed lip smile.

At Strait Smiles, we can help you show off a full, beautiful smile where your teeth no longer have gaps, discoloration or chips. This can be achieved through a process called dental bonding. Bonding is a procedure which uses a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) to attach or bond to your tooth’s surface. Bonding is the least expensive and easiest form of cosmetic dental procedures. The procedure can typically be completed with one visit to the dentist. There is little advanced preparation needed for bonding. Unless the bonding is used to fill a decayed tooth, anesthesia should not be needed. To find a shade to match your other teeth, the dentist uses a shade guide to select a composite resin color which will closely match your own color as closely as possible. After a shade has been selected, the next step the dentist will perform will be to roughen your tooth and apply and condition liquid to it. This will help the bonding material adhere, or stick, to your tooth. The resin is then applied, molded and smoothed to the shape it should be. An ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin. Once the resin is hardened, the dentist will continue to shape and polish your tooth to match the look to the rest of your teeth. You now have a natural looking tooth or teeth which you proudly display with a beautiful smile.

Bonded teeth do not require special care. Simply follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleanings. Please keep in mind, bonding material can chip, so it is important to avoid such habits as biting your fingernails; chewing on ice, pens, or other hard food objects; or using your bonded teeth as an opener. Should you notice any sharp edges on a bonded tooth or if your tooth feels odd when you bite down, please call the dentist. If you think dental bonding is a choice for you, please contact Strait Smiles to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.