Jul 2, 2009



Bellevue Cosmetic Dental bonding is accomplished by using a composite resin material that that can be colored in various shades of white to match existing teeth. It is used to fix a variety of dental situations. Some of the things that dental composite bonding material can be used to fix are certain small tooth breaks, tooth cracks and chips on teeth. A wonderful use of this material is to close some spaces between teeth called diastemas. Of course, its most common and original use is for fillings in anterior teeth after the removal of decay. However, in the last decade it has been used by Bellevue Cosmetic Dentists for posterior teeth after decay removal, since our office went amalgam free with all of our fillings. Although it can be used to repair some fairly large problems with teeth, when various tooth imperfections or spaces are large, bonding may not be an option. If that is the case porcelain veneers or crowns may be required to give a good cosmetic result.

Bellevue Dentist patient with cosmetic bonding on multiple anterior teeth.
Only Anterior Dental Bonding was used to create this extremely beautiful smile.
Patient of Dr Patricia Pauley, Brookside Dental, Bellevue, WA

To start the tooth bonding procedure, your Bellevue Dentist will prepare your surface of the tooth or teeth to be bonded so that the composite resin material will be accepted. Surface roughening is performed to allow the resin to adhere properly to the tooth structure when it hardens. When the tooth or teeth are properly prepared, the cosmetic dentist will apply a mixture of two different materials which have an adhesive and a catalyst in them. The composite material mixture is then carefully applied to the properly prepared area of the tooth to be fixed. The tooth-colored composite is then shaped and smoothed to accomplish the desired cosmetic appearance. A high intensity light is used by your Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist to harden the composite resin material once it is placed on the tooth. If the area to be fixed is large or deep, more than one layer of composite material may have to be applied and cured separately. After shaping, the newly repaired area is smoothed and polished to look like natural tooth structure. If done correctly by someone well trained in cosmetic dentistry, the finished composite should have the same appearance as the adjacent natural tooth structure and be completely undetectable as a repaired area of the tooth. Any tooth whitening that is needed or desired must be done prior to the use of cosmetic dental bonding resins, because the resin is not effected by the bleaching process and remains color shade that you have created. Therefore, composite bonding almost always is done on teeth after they have been bleached, when the tooth-colored bonding material can be matched to the newly whitened teeth. Cosmetic tooth bonding with composite material can usually be completed during one office visit, depending upon the amount of repair needed and the number of teeth to be treated. Cosmetic cases that are complicated involving multiple teeth in various parts of the mouth may require more than one visit to your Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist.


Cosmetic Dentistry Bonding as a finished product is usually fairly long lasting, assuming the patient takes normal care of their teeth. Tooth colored dental bonding is a wonderful alternative to more extensive and more expensive cosmetic dentistry treatment that is done with porcelain veneers, crowns, and bridges. The cost of dental tooth bonding varies depending upon (1) the number of teeth repaired; (2) the size of the individual area repaired; and (3) the city where the dental bonding is performed.

An important fact about dental bonding is that very frequently, it will be at least partially covered by your dental insurance if not fully covered, because in many cases the problems are primarily structural rather than just cosmetic. However, there may be a combination of structural problems and cosmetic problems, where the structural probably will be given preference as to payment by an insurance company. Strictly cosmetic dental work is never covered by your dental insurance. Dental bonding is usually worth the cost even if your insurance does not pay any it because it is usually cheaper than other alternatives and it can straighten, fill spaces and generally improve your smile. If you are having extensive dental bonding performed on your front teeth, this anterior tooth work will always have some cosmetic dentistry component to it. Therefore there is both a technical aspect and an artistic aspect to dental bonding, especially on anterior teeth. So be sure to check the credentials of your dentist before having extensive anterior tooth bonding performed.

If you do not currently have a dentist, you may contact Bellevue Cosmetic Dentists, Dr Patricia Pauley or Dr Cynthia Pauley, to set up a dental exam. Both cosmetic doctors can be contacted at info@brooksidedental.com in Bellevue, WA, and additional information may be viewed at their Bellevue Cosmetic Dentistry website.


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