At Aspen Smile Dentistry, we can perform dental bonding, which allows us to repair chipped, cracked, and broken teeth. There are many dental cosmetic treatment options, and bonding provides a low-cost, pain-free solution, especially when damage is not too serious. 

The dental bonding material is made of a tooth-colored resin. This is a plastic material designed to bond on teeth and can last a long time. It is prepared just before the procedure and quickly applied to the tooth. First, we will clean the tooth. Depending on the repair, your dentist may also need to drill and shape the tooth. If that is the case, we can provide anesthesia to eliminate any pain and make sure you are comfortable.  

The tooth is roughened to help with the bonding. This creates little micro gaps in the enamel, allowing for a better hold between the two surfaces being bonded with the bonding material. A conditioning liquid is added and helps with adherence. The bonding resin is placed and shaped to create the desired look and effect. We use a light to help the bonding material harden. Last, another round of trimming and polishing takes place to match the color of your teeth and produce the final look. 

A bonding usually takes about 30 minutes. The hardening process with the light means that you can eat or drink after you leave, though you may experience some temporary sensitivity. Below, we go over the most common situations where dental bonding is typically the best solution. 


Uses for Bonding

  • Decayed teeth and cavities – when the decayed portion of a tooth is drilled and removed, dental bonding can be used to restore the tooth’s look and feel to match the rest of your smile. 
  • Tooth chip or cracks – after being cleaned, dental bonding material allows us to fill and shape the tooth to have a natural look and seal off the vulnerable portion.
  • Gaps between teeth – we can use bonding material at the edge of the tooth to extend it into the gaps and mitigate issues with having enlarged spaces between teeth.
  • Making teeth appear longer – similar to filling gaps, your dentist applies the bonding material to the top of teeth to make the teeth longer and are then shaped and polished to match the look of the teeth around them.
  • Changing tooth shape – bonding can be used to cosmetically adjust the tooth’s shape in any particular area, especially for teeth that do not match well with the rest of your smile.
  • Protecting of tooth roots – when gum lines recede, tooth roots unprotected by enamel can be sensitive and more prone to decay; dental bonding can be used to provide an additional layer to give protection that the body does not naturally provide exposed roots. 

If any of these situations apply to you, talk to us about them during your next appointment. Or schedule a time to come by and see us. Dental bonding can give a natural transformative look to your mouth and teeth. 


Does Dental Bonding Require Retreatment? 

Over time, it is possible that your bonding will weaken, wear, or even break. Sometimes it just happens without a major incident. Foods high in acidity can weaken dental bondings and increase the chances for the bonding to fail. Chewing on hard objects or food like ice or candy can also create issues. The dentist can repair bonding similarly to how it was first performed, so if you run into issues, you can come back and get our help to do another repair. With good habits and regular examination, dental bonds can last decades and meet your needs for many years to come.