Our smile is often the first thing people see when they meet us. Unfortunately, if you have imperfections in your teeth you may hide your smile from others. Feeling confident when you smile can be affected by chipped teeth and other minor dental issues. We believe that everyone deserves to feel great about their smile and that's why we offer solutions to help.
With dental bonding at Adler Advanced Dentistry, our experienced dentist Dr. Michael Adler can restore your teeth using a simple, fast process so that you can smile with the confidence of properly shaped teeth.
If you'd like to learn more about the dental bonding process and if it could help you, please call our office today at 303-515-7335 to schedule a complimentary consultation. We proudly provide quality dental services to those who live in Boulder and other nearby Front Range communities of Colorado.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental process of augmenting, reshaping, or rebuilding a certain portion of a tooth. Dental bonding can help with minor dental issues by repairing:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
- Slightly decayed teeth
- Tooth shape
- Discolored teeth
Dental bonding can also act as a temporary restoration while you are waiting for a crown or veneer.
Dental Bonding Process
The process to place bonding on teeth is simple and fast. It takes only one appointment for Dr. Adler to place the material on your tooth, and shape it to look natural and aesthetically pleasing. The bonding hardens and should last for many years unless trauma to the tooth breaks the bonding. The dental bonding process is generally completed as follows:
- Preparation: Anesthesia is not used unless bonding is used to cover a decayed tooth. Dr. Adler will determine the best shade color for the bonding material so that it will match your existing teeth color.
- Bonding: The tooth being restored is roughened slightly and a conditioning liquid is applied to its surface which helps the bonding material adhere to the tooth. Next, the bonding resin is applied to the tooth's surface and formed and smoothed to the desired shape.
- Completion: Once the bonding material has hardened, the tooth is then smoothed and shaped into its final shape. It is also polished to match the sheen of your other teeth for a natural-looking appearance. The complete bonding process is generally completed within one hour but may vary depending on the individual.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding
Dr. Adler and our dental team are fully committed to presenting all of your options for achieving your dental goals. We want you to have the full picture of your treatment plan options. Like any dental treatment, dental bonding has both pros and cons. Some of the benefits of this option include:
- Relatively low cost
- Completed in a single appointment
- Highly conservative option in terms of tooth preservation
- Natural, tooth-color material
- Smaller amount of tooth enamel is removed
- Anesthesia is generally not required
Dental bonding is mainly an alternative or temporary placeholder for porcelain veneers. Compared to porcelain veneers, some of the potential drawbacks of dental bonding are:
- Less versatile in what and how much they can accomplish
- Change color over time
- Easier to crack, break or chip
Veneers have the advantage of being a whole, intact piece that covers the entire tooth surface, whereas dental bonding is molded and shaped onto the area being rebuilt. Dr. Adler will explore both options with you, as well as any other options for which you may be a good candidate. Our goal is to empower you to make informed decisions about your dental care.
Contact our Experienced Cosmetic Dentist Today
Dr. Adler has extensive experience with dental bonding and many other cosmetic dental solutions to help your smile be as healthy and beautiful as it can be. He and his entire staff work to create a comfortable and relaxing environment so that you can feel great anytime you come to us for your dental needs.
If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss dental bonding, please call Adler Advanced Dentistry at 303-515-7335 today. We happily provide dental services to the areas of Boulder, Colorado.