Cosmetic Bonding at Hayward Dentistry
Bonding is often used to fill spaces or to repair chips, gaps, cavities, or tooth shape. The composite material is bonded to your tooth and then shaped and polished for optimal function and appearance. Bonding is a simple procedure that can be performed in a single appointment at our Hayward, CA office. Bonding will restore both function and beauty to your teeth.
As with most cosmetic procedures, bonding will wear and discolor over time, eventually needing to be replaced; however, bonding is very durable and typically lasts many years.
Reasons for cosmetic bonding:
- Closing spaces or gaps
- Fixing chipped teeth
- Fixing decayed teeth (teeth with cavities)
- Lengthening uneven teeth
- Protecting roots exposed by receding gums
- Restoring badly discolored teeth
What does dental bonding involve?
To begin, the dentist will isolate the teeth included in the procedure, etching them in preparation for bonding. After applying the etching conditioning liquid, the surface of the teeth will have small crevices that allow the tooth stronger adhesion with the bonding agent.
The dentist will then apply a bonding resin which cements the composite in place. After several layers of tooth-colored composite are applied, the composite and bonding resin are shaped and hardened with a specially calibrated light. Once the composite is fully set, the bonded areas are smoothed, buffed, and polished to blend in naturally with the surrounding teeth.
If you are interested in learning more about your options for achieving a brighter, healthier smile, please call our office today.