What Is Cosmetic Bonding?

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
January 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A professional cosmetic dentist in Pittsburgh, PA, such as Gary W. Machiko, knows the best ways to restore decayed or broken teeth. His dental bondingrestorations help to improve both their function and their appearance. One of the best ways to achieve this is with cosmetic bonding. After a thorough dental examination, Dr. Machiko can determine whether or not this is a viable treatment option for your oral health situation.

What is Cosmetic Bonding?

This cosmetic treatment procedure uses tooth-colored material in order to hide defects in a tooth such as chips, spacing issues or discoloration. It can even replace missing tooth structure on a cracked tooth. The materials used, composite resin, adds strength to a tooth. It literally bonds to the surface of the tooth. It comes in a variety of shades to allow them to match any patient’s teeth.

Our cosmetic dentist in Pittsburgh will apply the material in layers in order to create a strong, translucent surface that solves the patient’s problem (whether appearance or function). It’s important to understand that cosmetic bonding doesn’t last as long as a dental veneer, but it is a faster procedure as it doesn’t need a dental lab to create a restoration or any drilling of a tooth.

The Cosmetic Bonding Process

Cosmetic bonding typically takes less than an hour. The surface of the tooth to be bonded is cleansed so that the tiny pores on the surface open. This is achieved with the use of an acidic gel. After the gel is rinsed off, the resin is painted on in thin layers. A curing light is used to harden the material. A series of layers will be applied until the restoration is the desired thickness of the cosmetic dentist. The material is then shaped with a drill and polished.

To learn more about cosmetic bonding and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA, call (724) 719-2866.