At Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we offer a number of cosmetic treatments aimed at improving the appearance, and sometimes the function, of your smile. For patients with damaged teeth or minor esthetic concerns, we can often recommend dental bonding. Why should you consider dental bonding? How does the procedure improve the appearance of your teeth?
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bonding
Question: What material is used in the procedure?
Answer: We use composite resin in the procedure. This is the same material used for our white fillings. The composite resin can be shaded to better match your surrounding teeth. In addition, due to our teeth’s porous nature, the bonding material can actually strengthen your teeth.
Question: What cosmetic issues can the procedure address?
Answer: We can use the procedure to repair minor chips. We can also mask permanent discoloration and close unsightly gaps between your teeth. The dentist will add several layers of the composite material to the tooth. Shaping it as the material cures under a light. Once cured, the doctor then polishes the tooth for a more lifelike appearance.
Question: How long does the procedure take?
Answer: The entire procedure only takes one visit. For some, this is preferable to other options due to the convenience of one visit placement. We can also offer this option as a cost-effective alternative to dental veneers for our more budget-minded patients.
Question: How does the procedure differ from contouring?
Answer: Many dental practices offer contouring in the same visit. However, this procedure involves actually removing miniscule amounts of toot structure, typically to remove pits/grooves in the surface or to blunt overly pointed teeth. If you have any questions about dental bonding, then please contact our office today.