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What to Expect: Cosmetic Bonding

Veneers, fillings, crowns, bridges, bonding – are these terms a mystery to you? If so, you’re not alone. Many people are confused about what different dental restorations are used for. In this piece, let’s consider what bonding is used for and what you can expect from it.

Does Your Tooth Need Bonding?

If you are unhappy with the color, size, shape, or spacing of your teeth, then bonding may be the answer for you. Bonding is done to repair or enhance your tooth or teeth. A sturdy resin-based material is bonded to the tooth with a curing light, leaving your tooth with a whole and natural appearance.

How It’s Done

The dentist uses a shade guide to select the composite resin material that will most closely match your natural teeth. Because bonding is not replacing decayed tooth material, drilling and anesthesia are generally not needed. The tooth may be prepared, however, with a little roughening to encourage the resin material to adhere. A liquid preparatory agent is applied, and the resin is placed and shaped. The dentist will use a special light to set the material. Next, he will smooth and shape and polish it so that your teeth still fit well together when you bite and smile. The entire process takes less than an hour for each tooth.

Caring for Your Bonded Tooth

To get the most out of your bonded tooth, maintain a daily routine of brushing and flossing. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and an abrasives-free toothpaste. Be cautious of biting into hard foods with your bonded tooth. Talk to your dentist to learn whether cosmetic bonding is right for you and how to care for a bonded tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642


Bonding vs. Tooth Recontouring: Which is Right for Me?

So you’ve decided to finally do something about your smile. You know, the two or three teeth that look a little “off” and take away from your smile’s overall appearance. You’ve heard about other cosmetic treatments but have decided that tooth recontouring or bonding is probably your best choice – but which one is right for you?


Bonding is perfect when you need to add to a tooth’s surface. That is, if there is a small chip or gap, or even a tooth that appears slightly shorter than the others. Tooth colored composite is then applied to the conditioned tooth and shaped in a way that it creates what looks like new tooth structure so that the tooth appears fuller and larger. Composite comes in many different shades and is perfectly matched to the natural enamel for the most dramatic results. 


Recontouring involves gentle reshaping of the natural tooth surfaces, so they appear even and smooth. You may notice that some teeth appear bumpy along the edges, are slightly uneven or some teeth look longer than the rest. By recontouring them, you can remove a small amount of tooth surface without causing tooth sensitivity or damage to the tooth itself. This creates a more even appearance from one side of the smile to the other. Soft tissue recontouring can also impact the appearance of your teeth, by adjusting the gumlines to make teeth look fuller and even.

Bonding and recontouring can also be used together, with one tooth addressed at a time. Your dentist can help you decide what the overall effect is that you want, and give you dramatic results in just one appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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