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Dental Bonding – Portales, NM

Say Goodbye to the Little Imperfections in Your Smile

If you’re feeling less than confident about the way your teeth look, you probably wish there were a quick and easy way to fix them. After all, you don’t need to undergo a major cosmetic dentistry procedure just to correct a small stain or chip in your teeth. Luckily, dental bonding lets you say goodbye to the little imperfections in your smile with a quick, affordable, and minimally invasive treatment. To get started on correcting the tiny flaws in your pearly whites,  contact us today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Peter L. Thompson for dental bonding in Portales, NM.

Why Choose Peter L. Thompson, DDS for Dental Bonding?

  • Highly Trained Cosmetic Dentist with 20+ Years of Experience
  • Sedation Dentistry Options for Anxious Patients
  • Advanced Smile Design Technology for Seamless Results

What Is Dental Bonding?

woman getting dental bonding in Portales, NM

You may have heard it referred to as cosmetic bonding or direct bonding. No matter what you call it, you can still attain the attractive, flawless grin you’ve been dreaming of. Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin (the same material used in cavity fillings) to the tooth and molding it until the offending imperfection is fully concealed.

An incredibly versatile treatment, dental bonding can be used to remedy a variety of aesthetic issues, including:

  • Dark tooth stains and stubborn discoloration
  • Misshapen or worn-down teeth
  • Cracked or chipped enamel
  • Small yet noticeable gaps between teeth

How Dental Bonding Works

dentist chatting with a patient

First, you’ll need to visit with Dr. Thompson for a consultation. There, he’ll talk to you about what improvements you’d like to make in your smile and determine whether dental bonding is the ideal way to meet those goals. In general, treating a single tooth with bonding only takes about 30 to 60 minutes. However, we may want to schedule more than one appointment if you’re getting multiple teeth treated.

While dental bonding shouldn’t be uncomfortable, our team can administer a local anesthetic if you’re worried or if your teeth are generally sensitive. We also offer sedation options if you’re particularly nervous about the procedure.

Once you’re fully comfortable, Dr. Thompson will thoroughly clean your tooth before applying a weak acid onto it, which opens up the pores in the enamel. After rinsing off the tooth, we apply a small amount of putty-like composite resin, which has already been custom-shaded to match the color of the rest of your grin. We sculpt the resin onto the tooth, reshaping it as we go, until the tooth has achieved the perfect size and shape. When all of the imperfections are covered, it takes just a few seconds for us to harden the resin with a special light. All we have to do after that is smooth and polish your tooth, and you’re good to go!

Benefits of Dental Bonding

woman admiring her new smile after getting dental bonding

Dental bonding is a fast and simple way to make several dental flaws disappear in just a single appointment. It’s quickly becoming a popular alternative to other cosmetic procedures due to its many benefits, which include:

  • Versatility
  • Minimally invasive (doesn’t require tooth enamel to be removed like veneers do)
  • Affordability
  • Natural-looking results
  • Quick treatment that rarely takes more than an hour per tooth
  • Results that can last for five to ten years