First Impressions Dental Care

Cosmetic Dentists located in King County, Renton, WA

Dental bonds (or cosmetic bonding) can be a great solution for cosmetic issues like deep stains, chips, or misshapen teeth. Plus, bonds can be applied in a single office visit, and they’re more affordable than dental veneers. As top-ranked cosmetic dentists in Renton, Washington, Dr. Rick Sodergren and Dr. Deborah Gur-Arie use state-of-the-art materials and techniques at First Impressions Dental Care so patients can enjoy more beautiful smiles. Bonds can also be used to hide dark metal fillings, leaving you with healthier looking teeth.

Bonds Q & A

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a type of dental restoration that uses special composite resins to correct cosmetic issues like chips or cracks, uneven tooth surfaces or misshapen teeth, and deeply discolored teeth. Bonding material can be shaped and tinted to match your own teeth. Some bonds can also be used in place of metal fillings so your restorations blend with your natural tooth color and your beautiful smile is preserved.

How are bonds applied?

Dental bonds can be applied in a single office visit in most cases, making them a fast and convenient way to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Before the composite bonding material is applied to your tooth, Dr. Sodergren or Dr. Gur-Arie will use a special solution to roughen your tooth surface slightly. This helps ensure the bonding material will adhere more securely to the tooth surface. Next, Dr. Sodergren or Dr. Gur-Arie will tint the resin material to match your neighboring teeth, then skillfully apply the resin to the tooth, shaping it layer by layer so it looks like your natural tooth shape. Once the shape is ideal, the bonding material is cured with a special light to harden it, then it’s gently buffed so it looks beautiful and natural.

How long will my bonds last?

With proper care, composite bonding can last 10 years or longer. Bonding material can stain and it can’t be whitened with teeth whitening treatments, so if your restoration becomes discolored, you’ll need to have it removed and replaced with new bonding. Before having cosmetic bonding applied, you might want to have a teeth whitening treatment to ensure the new restoration matches your natural teeth when they look their best.

How do cosmetic bonds compare to veneers?

Cosmetic bonding can address many of the same issues as veneers, and it’s a much less costly alternative to veneers. Additionally, bonding can be completed in a single office visit, which makes it a great option for people who need to see a fast improvement in the way their teeth look. Bonding also rests on the surfaces of the teeth - having a bond applied to your tooth doesn’t entail removing any natural tooth material (a step that’s required when getting a veneer). Because of this, the bonding process doesn’t damage your tooth, so it’s reversible. Veneers are more costly, but they also last longer than cosmetic bonding and they don’t stain as easily as bonding. Many patients find the translucent quality of a veneer looks more like a natural tooth.