If you need to make simple cosmetic improvements or small repairs to your teeth, dental bonding could be the procedure for you. We are happy to offer this treatment at Dental Arts Clearwater in Clearwater.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a procedure that is used to restore or improve the appearance of a smile by applying a resin material to the teeth. This material is tooth-colored and hardened with a special light, allowing it to resemble and function like natural teeth.

What can bonding treat?

Dental bonding can be used to address a variety of dental issues, including:

  • To repair decayed teeth
  • To repair chipped or cracked teeth
  • To improve the appearance of discolored teeth that cannot be whitened with traditional methods
  • To close spaces between teeth
  • To make teeth look longer
  • To change the shape of teeth
  • As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam (metal) fillings
  • To protect a portion of the tooth root that has become exposed due to gum recession


The procedure to have bonding applied is very simple and can usually be done in one appointment; a separate appointment may be needed if multiple teeth are being treated. Anesthesia is usually not required unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth, the tooth requires drilling, or the area being treated is near a nerve.

A shade guide will be consulted so that your dentist can choose the best composite resin color to match your teeth and create the best restoration. The tooth being bonded will be cleaned, then roughened slightly. A conditioning liquid will then be applied to help the bonding material adhere better to the tooth. The resin, which is tooth-colored and putty-like, will then be applied onto the tooth and molded and smoothed to the desired shape. It will be hardened with a special light or laser, then trimmed down further to reach the proper shape. Finally, it will be polished to match the sheen of the surrounding teeth.

Bonding may need to be replaced after some time, but it is a simple, effective way of treating small imperfections in the teeth. Visit us at Dental Arts Clearwater in Clearwater to improve your smile.

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