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Dental Bonding Specialist

Wedgwood Family Dentistry

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Seattle, WA

Chipped, decayed, or discolored teeth can feel embarrassing when you smile. Fortunately, Wedgwood Family Dentistry in Seattle, Washington, has a team of highly trained professionals that can use dental bonding to repair your teeth and return them to their natural brilliance. Call Wedgwood Family Dentistry today or book an appointment online for more information on dental bonding.

Dental Bonding Q & A

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is recommended by dentists to repair severely discolored, chipped, or decayed teeth. It involves using tooth-colored composite resin, a type of plastic, to bond directly to your teeth. This creates a smooth, polished finish that looks exactly like your natural teeth.

Though similar in appearance to veneers, dental bonding does not require multiple stages of manufacturing, so you don’t need to wait for your mold to be sent off to a lab. It can be done in one simple visit to your dentist.

Why would I need dental bonding?

Composite resin can be molded and shaped to bond to your affected tooth and surrounding teeth to give your smile a natural appearance. Because it can be done in one quick visit, dental bonding is significantly cheaper than similar options, such as veneers.

An extremely versatile tooth treatment, dental bonding can be used to:

  • Repair cracked teeth
  • Fill cavities
  • Restore discolored teeth or decayed teeth
  • Lengthen teeth
  • Fill in tooth gaps
  • Replace amalgam fillings
  • Protect tooth roots from exposure once gums recede
  • Change your tooth shape

There is very little preparation needed before your dental bonding appointment, making it a convenient option for busy individuals.

What is the dental bonding process like?

Unless dental bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth, you will likely not need to be given anesthesia for the procedure. Before beginning, your dentist will use a composite resin shade guide to ensure that all your teeth maintain their natural color.

After this brief preparation, one of the experts at Wedgwood Family Dentistry will roughen your teeth and apply a conditioning liquid that helps the bonding material stick to your teeth. Next, the resin is applied to your teeth before being molded and smoothed out.

A blue light or laser is then used to harden the composite resin, which may be cut, shaped, and polished to mimic the look and feel of your natural teeth. The entire process takes about an hour or less—perfect for patients with very little time to spare.

For a polished, even smile, call or book an appointment online with Wedgwood Family Dentistry to learn more about your dental bonding options.