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If your smile has been marred by chipped teeth, or one or more of your teeth are misshapen, too small, spaced too far apart or discolored, dental bonding may be the answer to your problems. Bonding is a great long-term solution to improving the look of your teeth, and it is one of the least-expensive options available.

When a bond is applied, the dentist will remove any decay, if necessary. Otherwise, after roughening your tooth, the dentist will apply a resin that has been shaded to blend in with the rest of your tooth, and mold it into the correct shape. After it has hardened, the dentist will polish it to make sure that it matches the surface of your tooth. The whole process can be done in one office visit.

If you take care of your bond, it can last for up to ten years. Not only should you continue to brush twice a day and floss once a day, you should also see your dentist for routine cleanings and checkups. A dental bond is strong, but it is not as strong as your natural teeth, so you should treat your bond with a certain degree of care. Chewing on ice, pens or other objects can damage your bond and it can be discolored by what you eat and drink. Your bond is especially vulnerable to staining during the first 24 hours after it is placed.

If you have a tooth that is need of some help, Dr. David Duke will be happy to see to give you an exam an and suggest a course of treatment. If you live in the Bountiful, Utah, area, call 801-295-7171 to make an appointment at Dental Designs of Bountiful.