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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dental Bonding

A quick and easy alternative to porcelain veneers uses a composite resin in a process called dental bonding. The plastic resin is applied to the tooth in successive layers. After each thin layer, it is hardened using a high-intensity light. Once the layers are built up to the desired volume of material, the cosmetic dentist sculpts it to the desired shape. With dental bonding, the cosmetic dentist can correct anything from minor gaps in the teeth to lengthening short teeth in order to create a superior smile.

The term dental bonding refers both to the procedure and to the substance. The substance is also used for fillings in lieu of metal amalgam. It can be color matched to the surrounding tooth, providing for an almost invisible dental restoration. Bonding material is not as strong as amalgam or porcelain, but is quicker and easier.

For a good professional job of dental bonding, it is important to find a dentist with extensive training and experience. If you live in the Chicago area, and would like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry options, please contact the Colonial Dental Group to set up an initial consultation.

posted by Patti at 8:19 AM


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