What Is Cosmetic Bonding and What Are Its Uses?

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Kraklow Quality Dentistry is pleased to offer a range of cosmetic dentistry solutions, including dental bonding, to improve the health and appearance of your teeth. Just one short office visit will have you in a virtually flawless smile! 

What Is Cosmetic Bonding?

Teeth bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin material to the tooth enamel to correct cosmetic flaws and repair minor tooth damage. The treatment requires minimal preparation and can usually be completed in less than an hour. 

Cosmetic dental bonding is a great option to address those little things bothering you about your smile as well as prevent further damage to your teeth. It is considered a conservative treatment because it does not require the removal of healthy tooth structure, unlike veneers and crowns, which need reshaping to accommodate your restoration. 

What Conditions Can Cosmetic Bonding Correct?

The following are some reasons you may consider teeth bonding:

  • To repair chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth
  • To treat tooth decay and cavities with beautifully natural results
  • To protect exposed tooth roots, which helps relieve tooth sensitivity
  • To change a tooth’s size, shape, and overall appearance
  • To restore the length of a tooth worn by grinding (bruxism)
  • To cover tooth stains when teeth whitening treatments don’t work
  • To close minor gaps or irregular spaces between teeth. 

What Is the Cosmetic Bonding Procedure?

Cosmetic bonding is a quick, painless procedure that doesn’t require dental anesthetics or a drill. Dr. Kraklow will use a shade guide to closely match your restoration to your natural tooth enamel. He’ll start the procedure by etching your teeth to roughen them, then applying a conditioning fluid to help the material bond. 

Dr. Kraklow will place the bonding material directly onto your tooth surfaces and shape it to look like your natural teeth. He will use a curing light to help the material harden and bond to your tooth surfaces. The last step is trimming and polishing your restoration, leaving you with a stunning smile transformation. 

How Should You Care for Teeth with Cosmetic Bonding?

You’ll need to care for your restorations just as you would for your natural teeth. Make sure to maintain good oral hygiene, including regular tooth brushing and flossing. Refrain from chewing on pens, biting or ice, or using your teeth for tasks best suited for tools to avoid chipping your restoration or tooth enamel. Keep in mind that the bonding material is not stain-resistant, so rinse your mouth after drinking your morning cup of coffee or indulging in your favorite blueberry treat.

Cosmetic Bonding Near Me

Visit Kraklow Quality Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry procedures, including cosmetic bonding. Dr. Kraklow and his team look forward to enhancing your oral health and delivering the smile of your dreams. Call our office at 414-427-8565 to schedule your appointment today!