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Direct Bonding – Ann Arbor, MI

Seamless Smile Repair

man showing off smile after direct bonding in Ann ArborAre you in the habit of covering your teeth when you smile or laugh? Do minor imperfections in your smile, like chipped, gapped, or stained teeth make it hard to find a reason to smile? If so, you’re definitely not alone. Countless people across America wish their teeth were whiter or fuller. Dr. James Olsen, your cosmetic dentist in Ann Arbor, knows this better than anyone. That’s why he offers an easy treatment known as direct bonding, which can fix small flaws in your smile in just one appointment.

What Is Direct Bonding?

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Direct bonding involves applying a composite resin (the same material used in tooth-colored fillings) to your affected teeth to improve their size, shape, and color. This substance is biocompatible and incredibly pleasing to the eye, as it is able to mimic natural tooth enamel.

Am I a Good Candidate for Direct Bonding?

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There are a number of factors that play into whether direct bonding is right for you. Typically, we recommend it for patients who have just a few problem teeth they want to improve cosmetically. If you’re interested in a complete smile makeover, or if you want your results to last for more than a decade, porcelain veneers might be a better choice for you. When you see us for your consultation, we’ll thoroughly explain your treatment options and help you settle on one that meets your unique needs.

How the Procedure Works

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The first thing we do during direct bonding in Ann Arbor is lightly roughen up the surface of the tooth so that the resin can better attach to it. Next, we apply the composite resin, making sure the shade is just right to either blend in with your existing enamel or correct stains. We apply the putty-like resin in layers until the tooth has reached its ideal size and shape. Once this is finished, we use a curing light to harden the material into place. Finally, we polish the tooth and make any final adjustments to its shape.

Luckily, the direct bonding process is quite comfortable; we usually don’t even need to use any local anesthetic for it. It’s also fast. Depending on how many teeth we’re correcting, the whole treatment can be completed in less than an hour.

Benefits of Direct Bonding

Some of the advantages of direct bonding include:

  • Unlike some other cosmetic procedures, bonding can usually be finished in a single appointment.
  • Minimal tooth preparation. We won’t need to remove nearly as much enamel as we would for veneers or crowns.
  • Natural-looking results. Composite resin should look and feel just like your natural enamel.
  • Direct bonding is a great cosmetic option for patients who are concerned about cost; it’s much less expensive than crowns or veneers.
  • If you take proper care of your bonded teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups, your results can last up to a decade.

If you’re ready to take your smile to the next level by eliminating minor flaws, contact us at James Olsen, DDS today to get started!