Unlock your genuine smile with dental bonding - where authenticity meets aesthetics, enhancing your oral health and exuding confidence through a uniquely authentic transformation. Contact our Bonney Lake dental team to discover the real charm of your smile.
Dental bonding is a simple and affordable cosmetic dental procedure for filling small cracks and crevices in the teeth using a paste-like composite resin material. Dentists also recommend it for hiding minor stains like dark and yellow spots on the teeth. It’s also great for repairing minor chips and reducing large gaps between teeth that ruin your smile.
Dental bonding was inspired by an ancient Japanese art form called "Kintsugi"? Kintsugi involves repairing broken pottery by filling the cracks with gold or silver lacquer, creating a beautiful and unique piece of art. In a similar fashion, dental bonding utilizes a composite resin material to repair chipped or cracked teeth, making them not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing.
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The initial consultation forms the groundwork for your dental bonding process. It typically involves discussing your concerns, cosmetic expectations and the suitability of dental bonding to achieve them. After the consultation, the dentist will apply an etching acid solution on the teeth to roughen it.
Next, our Bonney Lake dentist will compare your tooth’s color to a color chart to help them pick composite resin material that closely resembles your tooth’s color to ensure a natural-looking result. Next, the dentist will carefully apply the composite resin on the affected parts of the teeth, making sure they fill in all the crevices and hide other imperfections.
With the bonding material in place, the dentist will diligently craft the bonded region to match the natural contours of your teeth. Afterwards, they’ll expose the bonded teeth to blue light for a few seconds to cure them. Doing so hardens the bonding material so it secures firmly to the tooth. They’ll then polish and further shape the tooth to blend with the rest.
Finally, the dentist will ask you to bite into a thin sheet to check how your bite aligns and make any necessary adjustments. They’ll also issue instructions for caring for your bonded teeth and prolonging their longevity. Follow-up appointments aren't necessary with dental bonding except for your usual dental checkups.
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Most dental insurance providers don’t cover dental bonding since they consider it a cosmetic procedure. However, some will cover dental bonding if it forms part of a medically necessary procedure. That said, check with your insurance agent to determine whether they cover dental bonding and other cosmetic treatments.
Unfortunately, you cannot whiten dental bonding. That’s because the bleaching agent used to whiten stained teeth only works on the enamel. Dental bonding is made from a composite resin immune to the bleaching effects of hydrogen and carbamide peroxide used in tooth bleaching. However, we offer affordable touch-ups for stained bonded teeth. These touch-ups involve covering up or polishing the stained portions of your bonded teeth for a beautiful white smile.
Caring for your bonded teeth is as easy as maintaining your regular dental hygiene. All you have to do is brush your teeth twice daily and floss them at least once every day. You should also avoid biting into hard foods with your bonded teeth, or you could break the bonded part. Also, brush your teeth immediately after drinking highly-pigmented beverages like coffee and red wine.