Composite Bonding Specialist

Robert Strain, DDS

Dentist & Implant Dentist located in Prescott, AZ

Cracked, misshapen teeth, or noticeable gaps don’t stand a chance against composite bonding, a groundbreaking dental treatment that can give you the smile of your dreams in just one visit. Rob Strain, DDS, offers composite bonding at his office in Prescott, Arizona, to reshape and revitalize your smile. To learn more about the benefits of composite bonding, call Rob Strain, DDS, or book an appointment online today.

Composite Bonding

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment in which composite resin is bonded to your teeth to reshape or whiten your smile. Composite resin can be molded to restore damaged teeth, so it is a great treatment to fix chipped, cracked, broken, or discolored teeth.

Why would I want composite bonding?

Unlike dental veneers, which are created in a lab and require at least two separate visits, composite bonding is easily done in just one appointment. This treatment is ideal for patients with:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Tooth gaps

Composite bonding is also a great option for patients looking to lengthen certain teeth. In some cases, they are recommended as an alternative to amalgam fillings.

How is composite bonding done?

Very little preparation is required before composite bonding. More often than not, anesthetics are not necessary during the procedure. Once you decide that composite bonding is right for you, Dr. Strain color matches the resin to match your natural tooth shade.

Next, the affected tooth is slightly etched, or roughened, and treated with a conditioning solution to make it easier for the composite resin to adhere to your teeth. The putty-like composite resin is then applied to your teeth and smoothed until it looks perfect. Once the shade and shape look natural, Dr. Strain hardens the material using an ultraviolet light or laser.

Once the composite resin has completely hardened, Dr. Strain trims it to the perfect length to match the rest of your teeth. Before you leave the office, your tooth is polished until it looks identical to your existing teeth.

Composite bonding takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour — ideal for busy patients on the go.

How can I care for my teeth after composite bonding?

Composite resin is easily stained, so it’s important to limit your intake of staining drinks like coffee, black tea, and red wine if you want to avoid tooth discoloration. The material is also not as strong as your natural teeth. Something as minor as biting your nails puts your new restoration at risk of cracking, so try to take care of your teeth as well as possible after the procedure.

Composite bonding is a quick, effective, and affordable way to create the smile you’ve always wanted. To learn more about your bonding options, call Rob Strain, DDS, or book an appointment online today.