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Dental Bonding: The Quick and Easy Way to a Great Smile

Are you embarrassed by the sight of unattractive teeth when you smile? Maybe you’ve thought about a smile makeover, but don’t want to undergo major treatments. Fortunately, you may only need a simple fix to give you a beautiful new smile: dental bonding. 

As part of our comprehensive line of cosmetic dentistry services, our expert dentist Robert F. Wilcox, DMD, uses dental bonding to cover a number of tooth problems that mar smiles for patients in the Butte, Montana, area. 

Dental bonding is a minor procedure that can hide many tooth imperfections. Using a composite resin in a shade that matches your natural teeth, Dr. Wilcox can quickly and easily cover imperfections on one or more teeth. 

The procedure gets its name because the composite resin attaches permanently to your tooth and looks very natural. With dental bonding, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between bonded teeth and the untreated teeth around it.

Read on to learn more about dental bonding and how it can help you get the great smile you’ve been dreaming of.

What types of problems can dental bonding fix?

The beauty of dental bonding lies in its versatility and quick, easy nature. With little time and usually no anesthesia, dental bonding can solve a number of tooth imperfections. Here’s a closer look at some of the more common issues dental bonding can address:

Chipped or cracked teeth

Dr. Wilcox sees many patients with chipped or cracked teeth because it’s easy to do. Biting on hard candy, ice, or simply biting the wrong way can leave you with a small chip or crack. Chips and cracks also result due to collisions during sports. 

Dental bonding can cover the chips and cracks, giving you confidence in your smile. 

Discoloration

Teeth can become discolored for many reasons. Drinking dark-colored beverages like coffee, tea, or red wine can discolor your teeth as can certain medications for high blood pressure, seasonal allergies, and mental health disorders. 

Age also plays a role in discoloration because your tooth enamel becomes thinner over time. Dental bonding can restore your natural color in no time.

Gaps and issues with length or shape 

If you’re embarrassed by a gap between your teeth, Dr. Wilcox may be able to correct this imperfection with bonding. Dental bonding also offers a quick and easy solution if one tooth (or more) is shorter than the rest or is a different shape.  

Cavity fillings

Tired of seeing gray or black when you smile because of dark fillings? Dr. Wilcox can fill cavities with the composite resin used in dental bonding to give you an even, bright smile regardless of dental work.

What can I expect during dental bonding?

There’s no need to worry or feel anxious about dental bonding. It’s a minor procedure that rarely requires anesthesia. After discussing your needs and goals, Dr. Wilcox consults a guide to select the best color of composite resin to match your surrounding teeth. 

The surface of the teeth being treated is then coarsened and coated with a liquid that helps the resin bond. Dr. Wilcox applies the resin and molds it to match the shape of your natural tooth. 

A special light hardens the bonding material and helps it dry quickly. Dr. Wilcox finishes the dental bonding process by polishing the treated teeth to smooth away any errant edges and give you the best results possible. 

After your dental bonding procedure is complete, you’ll have a brand new smile with no bothersome tooth imperfections.

For expert dental bonding to fix your smile imperfections, contact us at the office of Robert F. Wilcox, DMD, in Butte, Montana, today.

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