What is dental bonding? How treatment in Clearwater and Seminole, FL transforms your smile in one visit
Imagine entering Boulevard Dental’s offices in Clearwater or Seminole, FL with gaps, chips, cracks, stubborn discoloration, and unsightly-shaped and worn teeth, and emerging with a brand-new smile a short time later. This is not a pipe dream. Our dentists, Drs Wujick, Moss, Kopakin and Castillo can dramatically transform the appearance of your teeth in a single visit with one of the most affordable and versatile cosmetic treatments available to modern dentistry: dental bonding.
The basics to achieve your not-so-“basic” smile!
Bonding as a procedure involves preparing a type of dental material and fixing it securely to the front surfaces of the natural, flawed teeth, which are also prepared to “accept” the new flawless, artificial “enamel.” This material, composite resin, is largely a ceramic and plastic compound. Composites may also be formulated with very fine, glass-like or quartz particles to replicate the sheen and the properties of natural tooth enamel.
Our dentists are skilled at matching the color of the composite to the rest of your natural teeth. So, the bonded tooth blends in naturally, seamlessly, and attractively with your smile. Depending on your needs and goals, we can even whiten your teeth and then match the color of the dental composite to your whiter teeth for a dramatic smile boost.
The prepared material is then applied to teeth that have also been prepared. To do so, we abrade or remove a slight amount of natural tooth enamel to “texturize” the surfaces of the teeth to be bonded with composite. This step helps to secure or bond the composite to the natural tooth structure. Our dentists’ artistry shines when they apply the composite as a pliable putty. The material may be shaped to cover gaps between the front teeth, to disguise chips and small fractures, and to camouflage discoloration that resists professional teeth whitening methods. We can also add material and “height” to a worn-down tooth, and alter the contours of a tooth with an irregular shape that detracts from the uniformity of your smile.
Once the material is precisely applied to address your dental concerns, it is bonded or fixed securely to the tooth. Your dentist will then make final refinements to the tooth.
Is dental bonding right for you? We won’t know if bonding is appropriate for you until after we evaluate your smile and discuss your goals for treatment. Your teeth and gums must be healthy to undergo such a process. If you have more extensive needs, such as severe spacing or bite issues, we may recommend orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign®. We can also discuss treatments like porcelain veneers, which are stain-resistant and highly durable and aesthetic alternatives to bonding. Schedule your consultation at one of our offices, in Clearwater or Seminole, today Clearwater (727) 758-2898 or Seminole (727) 308-6224.