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Dental Bonding

Talking to patient in chairDo you have a chipped tooth or small surface flaw that’s detracting from your overall smile? Instead of a more complex treatment like dental veneers, you can easily cover the isolated issue with composite dental bonding.

When to Consider Bonding

Cosmetic bonding works well for

  • Small chips in teeth
  • Misshaped tooth
  • Pitted or stained enamel
  • Tiny gaps between teeth

Advantage of Bonding

Composite bonding fuses to the surface of your tooth structure, allowing it to be extremely non-invasive to your smile. In contrast, treatments like dental veneers require the tooth to be lightly drilled down to remove a thin layer of enamel. Since bonding goes over your tooth, there’s little to no prep work involved. You may not even need to have the tooth numbed if you don’t want to.

Bonding is much more affordable than veneers, especially since it’s placed directly by our dentist and doesn’t need to be designed in a lab. The affordability makes it simpler to address major aesthetic flaws and achieve fast results.


Man with big smileHaving your tooth bonded is relatively simple. At your initial consultation or exam, we’ll discuss your concerns and what you’d like to change about your tooth. Perhaps you want one area evened out or need to cover a small flaw. Next, we’ll book you for the treatment appointment a short time later.

When you return for the bonding procedure, we’ll use a shade guide to match the composite to your natural enamel. If you prefer sedation (such as laughing gas) to help you relax, we can make that available. Most people won’t need their tooth numbed since bonding is non-invasive. But if your tooth does feel sensitive, please let us know.

After we’ve selected the best color of composite, Dr. Downing Moua will gently etch the tooth to slightly roughen the outermost layer of enamel. Then the composite is shaped over the tooth by hand until we achieve the desired shape. From there a bright light is applied to permanently cure it into place. The entire appointment takes less than an hour from start to finish.

Are there any disadvantages to composite bonding?


Bonding does not last as long as porcelain veneers since the material isn’t as durable. This can cause it to delaminate depending on how your teeth bite together. Over time they can also start to stain and will need to be changed out.
Can I get bonding if I grind my teeth?

Composite bonding doesn’t hold up well to extensive tooth wear. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, you may want to consider investing in a mouthguard to prevent any unnecessary damage.
Is bonding the same thing as a dental filling?

Both cosmetic bonding and composite fillings use the same type of tooth-colored materials. However, fillings are placed into teeth to repair areas of decay while bonding is placed over them to mask aesthetic flaws. One is for health purposes while the other is entirely cosmetic.
How much does dental bonding cost?

Composite bonding is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic treatment. During your initial visit, we’ll discuss which teeth need to be bonded and then draft a treatment plan that outlines the specific fees involved. You’ll know exactly what to expect well before you schedule the actual treatment.

Easily Enhance Your Smile

Affordable cosmetic dental bonding is great for adults of all ages. Contact us today to reserve a consultation.
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