A Speedy, Significant Smile Change

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If minor smile imperfections like small chips, gaps and subtle discoloration are at the top of your must-fix list, then bonding may be the right procedure for you.

In order for the composite resin material to adhere properly to your teeth, your dentist will first gently etch the surface of the tooth, followed by a primer. Then, the bonding material is brushed onto your teeth in layers. This recreates the natural translucency and color of a real tooth; utilizing only one color results in a monochromatic, unnatural look. Finally, the material is shaped to complement the rest of your smile before a high-wattage light is flashed in front of the teeth to harden and seal the bonding.

Bonding can yield maximum results in just one visit, lasting three to eight years. However, like many dental treatments, it can cause sensitivity after the procedure. If you still experience discomfort after several weeks, see your dentist.

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