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Direct Bonding – Longmont, CO

A Small Cosmetic Procedure With a Big Payoff

Everyone wants a smile they can feel good about, but also (understandably) wants to keep their dental work to a minimum. Direct bonding, also called cosmetic bonding, is a fantastic solution because it’s simple, fast, and effective. Here at our practice, Dr. Dan Mauer and Dr. James Mauer can use dental bonding in Longmont to transform your teeth and improve your self-confidence, often in just one visit. If you want to know how this procedure can enhance your smile, give us a call today!

What Is Direct Bonding?

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For direct bonding, we use a tooth-colored dental material called composite resin to make cosmetic changes to your front teeth. We use this same material to repair cavities on the back teeth, so it’s quite strong.

Initially, composite resin has a putty-like texture, so we can shape and smooth it to match the rest of your teeth perfectly. Then we apply a special light to “cure” it to make it durable and hard before polishing it one last time so it feels slick and smooth.

What Kinds of Problems Can Direct Bonding Fix?

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Here at Longmont Complete Dentistry, we can use direct bonding on a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Small to moderate sized cavities
  • Small gaps between the front teeth
  • Reshaping imperfect teeth
  • Replacing existing metal fillings

Advantages and Disadvantages

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As with any procedure, there are pros and cons to consider. Here are some of the advantages of direct bonding:

  • The shade is matched to your existing color so it will blend in seamlessly with your smile and look very natural. Many patients choose to get a whitening treatment beforehand so that their final result looks even better.
  • It can be done in just one visit and has no downtime, so you can eat and drink normally immediately after your appointment.
  • In some cases, since this material is simply being added to the teeth, anesthetic isn’t necessary beforehand.

Here are some of the drawbacks of dental bonding:

  • It’s susceptible to staining over time, especially with heavy consumption of coffee, tea, or red wine.
  • Dental bonding isn’t quite as strong as options like porcelain veneers or dental crowns. This is particularly true when it’s done on the biting surface of a tooth, as these surfaces are subject to more chewing force.

Is Direct Bonding Right For You?

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As a cosmetic dentist in Longmont, we want to make sure you get the results you’re after. Direct bonding is a wonderful procedure for many of our patients, but some people are better served with other types of cosmetic treatment.

If you want to find out if bonding is right for you, the best place to start is a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. After we’ve discussed your goals, we’ll evaluate your oral health and dental history to help us create the best treatment plan for your smile!