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Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dentistry procedures; it’s the application of a tooth-colored composite resin which “bonds” to the tooth or teeth. The resin used in bonding can be formed, trimmed, smoothed and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Bonding is used:

  • To repair a decayed tooth
  • To repair a chipped or fractured tooth
  • To improve the colour of a tooth
  • To close spaces between teeth
  • To make teeth look longer
  • To change the shape of a tooth
  • As a cosmetic dentistry alternative to amalgam fillings
  • To protect a portion of the tooths root that has been exposed due to receding gums

Zero preparation is required for bonding, although anesthesia is sometimes necessary when bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Unlike veneers which are produced in a laboratory and require a customized mold to achieve a proper fit, bonding can usually be done in a single visit. Bonding usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete the procedure (or more for multiple teeth). Bonding typically lasts several years before it needs to be repaired or replaced. Its exact lifespan is determined by the amount of bonding that was done, and also on your dietary and oral health habits, so it’s very important to practice good oral hygiene and to consume non-staining foods and drinks (ie. coffee) to ensure that your bonding will last as long as possible. Visiting Downtown Dental Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario for regular hygiene/cleaning services and general checkups will also help maintain your bonding.

If you’re interested in making your smile appear more natural and beautiful, then give us a call to set up a bonding consultation. Our dentist will help you decide what type of bonding needs to be done in order to ensure that the end bonding result fits your smile like a glove. Downtown Dental Centres dental team also offers many other cosmetic dentistry services for your healthy smile needs. Whether you’re from St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, or Thorold , we look forward to hearing from you!

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