Dental Bonding: A Fast, Simple, and Effective Enhancement

Small dental imperfections can take a significant toll on self-esteem and confidence. Dr. Neil L. Starr offers dental bonding at his Washington, DCoffice to conceal cosmetic issues and refine and brighten patients' smiles. Dental bonding uses tooth-colored resin to conceal chips, cracks, intrinsic discoloration, and other blemishes. In a single visit, Dr. Starr can use this technique to dramatically enhance smiles. As an internationally renowned prosthodontist, Dr. Starr excels at providing patients with cosmetic enhancements that look natural, and complement their overall appearance.   

Side-by-side image showing dental bonding results

Before and After: Dental Bonding Can Close Gaps in Teeth

Dental Bonding Candidates

Patients who feel self-conscious about minor dental imperfections, but are not ready to undergo a more extensive enhancement such as veneers or crowns are often candidates for dental bonding. Many patients choose bonding as a beginning procedure to determine if they would like to eventually pursue further treatment. Dental bonding is also beneficial for patients who do not have sufficient enamel to receive veneers, or who do not wish to permanently alter their teeth.

Bonding can cover a variety of esthetic blemishes, which have no effect on oral health. This treatment can conceal:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Worn surfaces
  • Discoloration
  • Disproportionate sizing
  • Irregularities or asymmetry

During a private consultation with Dr. Starr, he will provide an oral exam to ensure that teeth and gums do not have any underlying issues. He may recommend necessary restorative procedures to provide a healthy foundation before improving the esthetics of smiles.

The Bonding Procedure

Dr. Starr will choose a shade of resin that will closely match the surrounding teeth. Patients often choose to undergo teeth whitening treatment before bonding to achieve an even greater enhancement for their overall smile. Before applying the resin, we will clean the teeth, and gently roughen the tooth surface for a stronger bond. This preparation is minimal and usually does not require anesthesia. 

Bonding can be completed in just one office visit, and patients can resume normal activities immediately following treatment.

Dr. Starr will carefully apply, sculpt, and shape the composite material for optimal aesthetics. He will then cure the resin using a special light. He will also polish the bonding site to achieve a natural shine and seamless results.

Bonding can be completed in just one office visit, and patients can resume normal activities immediately following treatment. To ensure long-lasting results, patients must regularly brush, floss, and attend routine check-ups at our office. With proper care, dental bonding can last up to 10 years. 

Benefits of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an attractive option because it offers a wealth of benefits, such as:

  • A natural appearance
  • Fast results that can be easily achieved in time for social events
  • Simple, versatile results that can be included in a smile makeover
  • Affordability
  • Comfortable treatment that usually requires no anesthesia
  • Conservative treatment requiring little, if any, tooth preparation

Quick, Lasting Smile Enhancement

Dr. Starr has earned international recognition for his work in cosmetic dentistry. He understands how a beautiful smile can improve personal and professional lives, and he strives to provide maximum benefits with every treatment he performs. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.