Cosmetic Bonding Q&A

For detailed information on cosmetic bonding, contact Charles Zebe, DMD, at Accurate Dental Group in Mercerville, New Jersey. Dr. Charles Zebe provides a wide array of preventive, reconstructive, and cosmetic dentistry services.

What is cosmetic bonding?

Making use of the same plastic composite resin material that is used for tooth-colored fillings, bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can change the color, shape, and size of a tooth in just one office visit. Bonding material starts out soft so that it can be molded into the perfect shape and is then hardened.

Why would a patient need dental bonding?

Bonding can be used to correct most cosmetic issues, such as teeth that are chipped, cracked, oddly shaped or discolored.

How is cosmetic bonding performed?

First, the dentist applies a conditioning solution to the tooth to create an optimal surface that will help the resin material bond. Next, the putty-like composite resin, which is tinted to match surrounding teeth, is applied and sculpted to the desired aesthetic appearance. After hardening the material under a special light, the dentist shapes and buffs the tooth. The end result is a polished new tooth that looks natural and functions just like a natural tooth.

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