When Do You Prescribe Bonding?

We have a number of cosmetic treatments designed to improve not only the beauty of your smile, but the health and function as well. For example, we often prescribe dental bonding to address a number of different cosmetic concerns. In a single visit, we can transform the appearance of one or more teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bonding

Question: How does the procedure work?

Answer: The procedure involves coating the teeth in a composite resin to fix issues with the shade or shape of the tooth. We begin by cleaning the tooth and removing decay. We may gently etch the tooth to help the material better adhere to the structure while curing. We apply the specially shaded resin and being sculpting the tooth as it cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more natural appearance.

Question: What issues can cosmetic bonding address?

Answer: We can repair chipped teeth, reshape malformed teeth, and even mask the appearance of permanent discoloration. We also use the same material to offer metal-free and lifelike dental fillings. For some, this procedure can be a cost-effective alternative to dental veneers.

Question: Is the procedure related to contouring?

Answer: They are quite different. Contouring involves removing a small amount of surface structure to address puts or grooves in the tooth. We also use contouring to dull overly pointed teeth. However, this procedure can also be completed in a single visit and we may perform it in the same appointment as bonding.

Question: Will the results look natural?

Answer: We can shade the composite resin to ensure it better bonds with your tooth. The result is very lifelike. Some patients still prefer veneers fo their front facing teeth, while we may reserve bonding for minor damage or for masking stains on the side and back teeth.

Would You Benefit From Cosmetic Bonding?

We can repair your tooth and restore function in a single visit! For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.