dental bonding at desert smiles

If you suffer from aesthetic issues with your teeth and are looking for a safe and effective means to address cosmetic flaws, dental bonding can improve your smile. Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that helps rejuvenate and brighten your teeth in just one visit. Dr. Nathan Tenney is a highly-experienced Glendale area cosmetic dentist who will go over all of your concerns during your consultation to develop a plan specifically tailored to your needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of dental bonding, contact the office of Desert Smiles at 602-734-0050 to schedule an appointment today. We happily serve the areas of Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Peoria, Arizona.


what is dental bonding?

The dental bonding procedure consists of a tooth-colored resin material that is placed onto your existing tooth and hardened with a special light. This procedure is great for cosmetic concerns that don’t require restoration and the process typically can be completed in one day. Dental bonding can help with issues relating to:

  • Small gaps in teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth decay
  • Make teeth look longer
  • Change shape of teeth
  • Alternative to porcelain veneers

Who is a candidate for dental bonding?

Dental bonding treatment achieves the best results for people who want to address aesthetic concerns like gaps, chips, or cracks in enamel. The process may not be appropriate for patients with extensive dental trauma or decay. Dr. Tenney  performs a thorough dental exam before commencing with the bonding process to discern the best method of addressing cosmetic or functional problems. Teeth that are well-suited to dental bonding may have mild to moderate flaws related to chips or discoloration. However, they have healthy roots and sufficient health enamel to support long-term structural integrity that is needed for biting and chewing. 


what is the dental bonding process?

After it’s been determined that dental bonding can help you, a mild etching solution is applied to your tooth to create a slightly rough surface, which helps the tooth accept the composite resin. Once the resin is placed, a high-intensity laser is used to cure the resin onto the surface of the tooth. After each layer is applied, the bonded material is sculpted and finely polished to closely match the appearance of your natural tooth. The benefits of dental bonding for dental rejuvenation include:

  • Tooth-colored resin matches color of your teeth
  • Quick and convenient as the process only takes about 30 minutes per tooth
  • Long-lasting, up to seven years
  • Affordable compared to other cosmetic procedures
  • Requires only minimal tooth structure to be removed
  • Virtually painless
  • Requires no anesthesia

How long does Dental Bonding take?

The bonding procedure can take 30 to 60 minutes in a single appointment. Timing can vary if additional procedures are also scheduled at the same time. After your consultation, our team will discuss how much time to set aside for your treatment appointment. 


dental bonding before & after photos

Before Cosmetic Tooth Bonding

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After Cosmetic Tooth Bonding

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Before Cosmetic Tooth Bonding

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After Cosmetic Tooth Bonding

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Are there any risks involved with Dental Bonding?

There are no significant risks associated with the dental bonding procedure. Patients interested in this procedure should be aware that bonding material is not as hardy as natural teeth. The bonding process is precise but there are still margins and a bonding technique that could fail at some point. The risk of the dental bond failing can be reduced by avoiding biting on hard objects or foods. The composite material used in dental bonding is also susceptible to staining. This risk can be reduced by drinking cola, iced coffee, and iced tea through a straw. Hot or room temperature beverages like coffee and red wine can also stain. Rinsing the mouth with water after consuming stain-causing beverages or foods can help minimize their effects on the composite material. 


how can I care for my dental bonds?

Once you’ve received your dental bonds the work is not completely over. It’s important to take care of your bonded tooth, just like your normal teeth, so that they will last and continue to provide a bright, beautiful smile for years to come. While minor repairs may be common, the following general hygiene methods can help your dental bonds last for years:

  • Brush and floss your teeth daily
  • Avoid sweets and starchy foods between meals
  • Have your teeth professionally cleaned up to four times a year
  • Do not use harsh toothbrushes or toothpastes as they can dull the bonding and make it susceptible to stain
  • Do not use pumice pastes, ultrasonic cleaning devices, or air-polishing instruments as they can damage the surface of the bonds
  • Notify your dentist if you notice any rough patches, which can be smoothed if caught early
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol can make the bonding to deteriorate prematurely

is dental bonding permanent?

In addition to the many advantages listed above, dental bonds are not permanent, which is beneficial if you decide you prefer porcelain veneers in the future. Veneers are a permanent solution to cosmetic dental issues and can be placed after having dental bonds. And for those who may not be able to afford all new porcelain veneers, we can also place dental bonding and veneers together, as our bonding material, Empress Direct, matches alongside veneers very well.


Does Teeth Bonding Hurt?

The discomfort associated with dental bonding is minimal. Patients typically tolerate the process well because we are working on the surface layers of enamel in which sensitivity is uncommon. That said, every situation and patient is unique. If you have a low threshold for pain, let us know. If Dr. Tenney is also performing restorative dental care during the same visit, you can expect the team to administer a local anesthetic before commencing with your dental work. Local anesthesia, as well as sedation, can also be administered to assist patients with higher levels of dental anxiety. We want dental visits to feel productive and tolerable, if not actually enjoyable! If you are concerned about your dental bonding procedure, talk to our staff about the use of dental sedation during your visit.


how much does dental bonding cost?

While the bonding procedure is quite inexpensive compared to many other restorations—generally around $350 to $550 per tooth—insurance may cover some, if not all, of the procedure, depending on the cause. If your tooth has been damaged by an accident, decay, or if there are defective areas of enamel, insurance may pay benefits to have those repaired. At Desert Smiles we’ll work with you to get the maximum coverage possible for your cosmetic dental restorations. And if you happen to have an accident that caused a bonded tooth to chip, keep the broken piece moist if possible and Dr. Tenney can restore it to the tooth as if it never broke.


How should I prepare for Dental Bonding?

There are no special precautions to take to prepare for your dental bonding procedure. Your dentist will confirm that you are a good candidate for this treatment during your initial consultation and exam. 


contact your glendale cosmetic dentist

When you come to Desert Smiles for your cosmetic dental work you can be sure that you’re receiving quality work from a staff that works to produce your best smile. Dr. Tenney makes it his goal to provide you with professional care from his many years of experience in cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry to achieve the dental results you desire.

If you’re interested in learning more about dental bonding or believe it may be the right procedure to help your smile, contact us today at 602-734-0050 to schedule an appointment. We proudly provide services for those who live in the areas of Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Peoria, Arizona.

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