Do you have cracks, stains, or gaps in your teeth? Dental bonding can correct both cosmetic imperfections and dental damages to help you achieve perfect teeth. We have been proudly providing cosmetic tooth bonding services to our patients in Des Moines, Iowa since 1978.
We specialize in dental bonding which is an effective technique that fixes your tooth-related imperfections in just a single visit. Our dental experts, including Stephen R. Thies, D.D.S, will help restore the health and beauty of your smile with dental bonding in less than an hour.
They will apply a thin film of a tooth-colored resin material over the teeth by using a high-intensity curing light. This light helps the material solidify into a hard, durable surface. The final step includes polishing the bonded teeth for a shiny white appearance. Dental bonding is also an excellent solution for patients looking to replace their previous metal fillings with natural-looking restorations.
We are committed to providing affordable tooth bonding to you and your family. Our dental specialists have years of experience in providing superior dental care to our patients using state-of-the-art dental techniques. We give full attention to your concerns and provide you with the most suitable dental solution to restore your beautiful smile. We focus on our patients' comfort and convenience and strive to achieve 100% patient satisfaction.
Contact us to learn more about our tooth bonding procedure or to schedule an appointment.
Tooth bonding or dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure used to restore or enhance a person’s smile. Dental bonding involves the application of tooth-colored composite material to a tooth. It’s called bonding because the material binds to the tooth which is then sculpted into shape and polished to make it durable. Tooth bonding is suitable for small cosmetic dentistry work including fixing a broken or chipped tooth, sealing minor gaps between teeth, and more.
Dental bonding is useful to correct a variety of dental imperfections, including:
Repairing tooth decay (composite resins are applied to fill cavities)
Restoring chipped or cracked teeth
Fixing tooth discoloration
Sealing minor gaps between teeth
Improving tooth size and shape
Replacing amalgam fillings with a cosmetic alternative
Saving a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed during gum recession from damage
The life expectancy of the tooth bonding materials depends on how much bonding was added and also on your oral habits. However, bonding materials are usually known to last anywhere from three to 10 years before requiring alterations or replacements.
The dental bonding procedure takes around 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete and includes the following steps:
Before the Bonding Procedure - Dental bonding does not involve a lot of advanced planning. Anesthesia is not required unless bonding is applied to fill a decayed tooth.
The Bonding Process - Your dentist will select a composite resin -- a durable plastic material that closely matches your tooth color using a shade guide. The tooth surface is roughened and prepared by applying a conditioning liquid which helps the bonding material adhere to the tooth. Then, the composite resin is layered over the tooth and molded into the desired shape. Next, a special light is used to harden the resin and cements the material to the surface of the tooth. Lastly, your dentist will trim, outline, and polish the bonded substance to match the gleam of the remaining tooth/teeth.