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Dental Bonding: How can this simple and inexpensive procedure improve your smile?

Have you ever known someone that had cracked a tooth, but almost magically it had repaired itself? You thought for sure there would be no coming back from the chip or crack, but there in front of you was a happy smiling face. Would you like to know how this was possible, or do you yourself suffer from a chipped tooth or perhaps a small gap that you thought could not be repaired? Call Dr. Paul Reese in Mountain Home, Arkansas today for a consultation at (870) 424-5900 to see how dental bonding may be the right option for you.

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a tooth-colored composite material is applied to a tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. It is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth. Dental bonding is ideal for small cosmetic dentistry work, such as:

  • To repair a chipped or cracked tooth
  • To close spaces between teeth
  • To fill small cavities
  • To make teeth appear longer
  • To improve the appearance of discolored teeth  

Your dentist will begin by using a shade guide to match the composite resin color to your existing teeth. Once the correct shade has been chosen, he will decide if a local anesthesia is necessary; this is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. The surface of the tooth will then be roughened which will allow the resin to adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored, putty-like resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. An ultraviolet light or laser is then used to harden the material. After the material is hardened, your dentist will further trim and shape it, and polish it to match the shine of the rest of the tooth surface.

Cost- Dental bonding is considered to be one of least expensive cosmetic dental procedures and many dental insurance plans cover the cost.
Time- Most dental bonding procedures can occur during your lunch break and typically take only 30-60 minutes.
Ease- Without needing anesthesia, this procedure is virtually pain free with little to no damage done to the existing teeth.

Durability- Dental bonding is not as strong and long lasting as porcelain veneers and crowns. If not properly cared for, the bond may crack or chip.
Discoloration- Due to the bonding material being porous, it is susceptible to discoloration with coffee, cigarette smoke, tea, and red wine. 

Do not suffer any longer with a smile that you are not proud of, as dental bonding can be a cost effective and painless procedure to give you that smile you have always wanted. To achieve the optimal cosmetic results of dental bonding, call Dr. Reese in Mountain Home today at (870) 424-5900 or visit to schedule your consultation with a true cosmetic professional.