A Non-Invasive Solution for Dental Problems

At Sterling Heights Dentistry, Sterling Heights, MI, dentist Dr. Charles Smith understands that minor dental imperfections may not feel so minor. Having chipped, cracked, stained, or gaps between the teeth can make it more difficult to smile, eat, or speak with confidence. That’s why we work hard to provide top-quality dental bonding to our patients. This quick, painless solution can help patients correct these issues to get them back to smiling confidently.

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure aimed at improving the appearance of your teeth. It involves the application of a tooth-colored composite resin material to the tooth surface. This versatile and affordable treatment option can address various dental concerns, including:

  • Chipped Teeth: Bonding can restore chipped teeth, improving their aesthetics and functionality.
  • Gaps: If you have small gaps between your teeth, bonding can close them, creating a more uniform smile.
  • Tooth Discoloration: Stubborn tooth discoloration that doesn’t respond to teeth whitening treatments can be effectively concealed with dental bonding.
  • Minor Tooth Misalignment: In cases where orthodontic treatment is unnecessary, bonding can help correct minor tooth misalignments, creating a straighter smile.
  • Tooth Reshaping: Dental bonding can reshape irregularly shaped or excessively pointed teeth, harmonizing your smile.

The Dental Bonding Procedure

Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation at Sterling Heights Dentistry, Dr. Smith will assess your oral health and discuss your aesthetic goals. This is an opportunity to address any concerns or questions about the dental bonding procedure.

Tooth Preparation

Unlike other dental procedures, dental bonding typically doesn’t require extensive tooth preparation. In most cases, anesthetic is unnecessary unless the bonding is filling a cavity. Dr. Smith will select the appropriate shade of composite resin to match the color of your natural teeth.

Bonding Application

To ensure a seamless bond, Dr. Smith will roughen the tooth surface and apply a conditioning liquid. This step helps the composite resin adhere firmly to the tooth structure. The pliable resin material is then carefully applied and molded to achieve the desired shape and contours.

Curing and Polishing

Once the resin is in place, a special ultraviolet light or laser hardens the material. This process, known as curing, typically takes a few minutes per tooth. After the resin has hardened, Dr. Smith will shape it further to ensure a natural appearance. Finally, the bonded tooth is polished to match the sheen of your natural teeth.

The Benefits of Dental Bonding 

Choosing bonding treatments at Sterling Heights Dentistry comes with numerous advantages. Some of the key benefits of this procedure include:

  • Improved Aesthetics: Bonding can effectively enhance the appearance of your smile, improving your self-confidence and overall satisfaction with your teeth.
  • Affordability: Compared to other cosmetic dental treatments, bonding offers a cost-effective solution without compromising quality and durability.
  • Minimally Invasive: Bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that usually requires little to no enamel removal, preserving the natural structure of your teeth.
  • Versatility: Bonding can address a range of cosmetic concerns, making it a versatile option for achieving your desired smile.

Frequently Asked Questions