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Direct Bonding – Phoenix, AZ

Repair a Flawed Tooth in One Visit

Are you bothered by a slight imperfection in your smile that you’d like to make disappear? Friends and family may tell you, “it’s nothing, don’t think about it.” But if that flaw bothers you, then why not have one of the dentists at Devoted Family Dental take care of it for you? With direct bonding in Phoenix, you can easily fix your smile and eliminate an imperfection.

The Advantage of Direct Bonding

Broken front tooth

Direct bonding is a more conservative approach to a cosmetic concern that does not warrant porcelain veneers, which require permanently altering a tooth by removing a small amount of enamel. Direct bonding does not require any tooth preparation and can usually be completed without any anesthesia.

What Does Direct Bonding Repair?

bonding light

Direct bonding is ideal for minor fixes that can make a big difference in the overall appearance of your smile. For instance, a small chip on one of your front teeth is usually easy for you and others to spot. Likewise, a tooth that is broken can be a detraction anywhere in your mouth. Direct bonding also has the ability to make slightly crooked teeth look straight or misshaped teeth look more natural.

The Direct Bonding Process

Smiling young woman

The material that is used to reshape your tooth with direct bonding is the same used for a tooth-colored filling. Called composite resin, it is made of medical grade plastics and glass. If composite resin is strong enough for a filling, which is usually in a molar that must withstand the pressure of biting and chewing, then it is certainly appropriate for direct bonding.

To place direct bonding, a cosmetic dentist in Phoenix first isolates the tooth in need of repair. Then, a mildly acidic solution is applied for a few seconds. This etches the surface of the tooth, so the adhesive is better able to adhere. Then, the composite resin material is applied and the dentist begins to reshape or cover your tooth. This layer is quickly dried with a curing light, and then another layer of composite is applied if necessary. This process continues until the most natural and pleasing shape is attained. After just one short appointment, you’ll have a beautifully flawless smile.

How Long Will Dental Bonding Last?

Dental bonding will usually last between five to 10 years. A bonded tooth does not discolor the way your natural teeth do. So, teeth whitening may be necessary to keep your teeth as white as the bonding material.