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Dental Bonding

Are distracting dental imperfections, such as cracks, chips, and discoloration, causing you to hide your smile? Consider dental bonding.

Drs. Brandon Kofford and Kevin Lim can correct aesthetic concerns with one simple bonding treatment at our Cary, NC, practice.

If you are looking for a cosmetic procedure to boost your confidence, dental bonding will check off most features on your wish list.

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding involves applying tooth-colored composite resin directly to the surface of your teeth to fix cosmetic flaws. Patients frequently use bonding to repair teeth that are cracked, discolored, poorly shaped, and more.

What Patients Have To Say...

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Toney Tisdale

2021

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Everybody was knowledgeable about their job and made me feel at ease and the doctor explained everything to me I would tell anyone come to you for dental care thank you

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Crazy Chick Vintage

2020

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Dr. Kofford and his team create a friendly and fun environment, this helps a lot when you are having dental treatments. Be prepared to laugh, you are treated like a member of the family!

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Dentistry Done Right

You Can Trust Us With Your Smile

Don't underestimate the importance of an experienced dentist when it comes to your cosmetic dental treatment. While bonding may be a simple procedure, choosing the right dentist can mean the difference between an artificial-looking repair and a truly stunning enhancement.

Dr. Kofford and Dr. Lim take special care with each patient to create completely natural-looking results that best compliment the patient's unique smile. For dentistry done right, look no further than Cary Prosthodontics.

Schedule a consultation today to get started on your cosmetic dental bonding treatment. Patients in Cary and Raleigh, NC, can reach our dental office online or by calling:

(919) 858-8193

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Candidates for Treatment

While most of our patients in the greater Raleigh area qualify for dental bonding, we will assess a few factors to ensure this treatment is right for you.

Oral Health

Patients should have good overall oral health. This means you should be free of tooth decay and periodontal disease. If you are in need of restorative work, our dentists will tend to those concerns first before moving to bonding.

Cosmetic Issues

Bonding works best for minor repairs and enhancement, not major dental corrections. If you have a significant degree of misalignment or extensive structural issues, orthodontics, crowns, or veneers may better suit you.

Expectations

Dental bonding can be a great way to ease into cosmetic dentistry without committing to an expensive or permanent procedure. However, it is important to understand the results might not last as long as alternative treatments.

Traditional Veneers vs. Composite Veneer Bonding

Our dentists provide composite veneer bonding as a more conservative alternative to traditional veneers, particularly for younger patients. While veneers require removing a layer of enamel from the front surface of a tooth, composite veneer bonding will not alter your natural tooth structure. You can ask your dentist about this treatment at your next appointment to see if it's right for you. 

Your Cosmetic Bonding Treatment Timeline

Bonding usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour.

What to Expect on the Day of the Procedure

Bonding usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour.

Shade-Matching

We begin your treatment by selecting the right color of composite resin using a precise shade guide to compare to your natural teeth. Then your dentist will prepare your tooth (or teeth) for the procedure.

Tooth Prep

Prep work is usually very minimal. It typically involves etching the surface of the enamel to improve the strength of the bonding. In some cases, it may also require minor reshaping of the tooth. Most patients find the process completely pain-free and do not need a local anesthetic.

Bonding

Next, we apply a liquid solution to your enamel and begin to layer the tooth-colored composite resin onto the targeted area. We will sculpt and refine the material until it conceals the imperfection and takes the shape of your natural tooth. When we are satisfied with the result, we cure the resin with an ultraviolet light to harden it in place.

Finishing Touches

After the resin is cured, your dentist will make some final adjustments and polish the material to a smooth, shiny finish. In total, the dental procedure usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour.

Take a Look at the Incredible Results

While bonding is often used to touch up minor cracks and discoloration, it can also be used to rebuild a tooth's structure. This dental patient had a substantially chipped tooth that was reconstructed using just composite resin. The results look completely authentic and blend in seamlessly with the color of the natural enamel. 
Smile with a broken front tooth before and after dental bonding

How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

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The results of dental bonding vary from one patient to the next, depending on how well you care for your teeth and follow maintenance instructions. According to the Cleveland Clinic, bonding typically lasts 3-10 years and sometimes longer.

If you are looking for longer-lasting results, you may want to consider veneers, as these have a lifespan closer to 10 years on average. 

5 Stars!

"There are just no words big enough to say about the entire staff at Cary Pros! Now I’m confident as I smile, laugh & eat without being self-conscious. If you are looking for a Prosthodontic- look no further... Call Dr. Kofford and you will not be disappointed." Jacqueline Dinneen
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Cary Prosthodontics

Cary Prosthodontics was founded in 1991 to provide the finest care to residents of Cary, Raleigh, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville, and surrounding areas. Our compassionate and caring prosthodontists are members of a number of professional associations, including:

  • American College of Prosthodontics (ACP)
  • Academy of Osseointegration (AO)
  • International Team for Implantology (ITI)

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (919) 858-8193 to speak to a member of our team today.

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