Tooth Bonding Repairs Chipped Teeth in Ankeny
How Can Tooth Bonding Improve My Smile?
Tooth bonding offers a simple, conservative, and relatively inexpensive way to correct small imperfections such as chipped teeth and stains that do not respond to traditional whitening systems. Your family dentist can usually accomplish the bonding procedure in a single visit and, with proper care, your bonded tooth can stay beautiful for several years.
What is the Tooth Bonding Process?
First, Dr. Erika Peddicord will clean the tooth and treat the surface with an acidic conditioner. This creates tiny etches on the enamel that will help the composite resin material form a strong bond to the tooth. She will then apply a bonding agent and the composite resin. Once the resin has dried, Dr. Peddicord will use special sculpting tools to shape the resin so it looks indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The Peddicord Family Dental team encourages you to use a soft-bristles toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste and avoid staining beverages in order to extend the life of your bonding.
Am I a Good Candidate for Tooth Bonding?
While bonding offers a great solution for some patients, it may not be the right choice for patients looking to dramatically change their smiles. Furthermore, tooth bonding looks natural but it lacks the highly realistic translucence offered by porcelain veneers or all-ceramic dental crowns. Finally, composite resin will start to show signs of wear and staining after a few years, even with proper care. If you desire a more durable, long-lasting solution, you may want to consider veneers.
Minor Tooth Repair with Cosmetic Bonding
If your tooth is only slightly damaged or blemished, then repair it conservatively with cosmetic tooth bonding. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Erika Peddicord by calling our dental office today at (515) 963-3339. Located in Ankeny, IA, we also serve patients who live in Bondurant, Polk City, Elkhart, Alleman, Cambridge, and all surrounding communities.