Carl F. Lipe DDS, PLLC

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic Bonding services offered in Denver, CO

Cosmetic bonding may be the solution you need to enhance your smile’s appearance and function. At his practice in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Carl F. Lipe, DDS, PLLC, and his team of dental professionals offer cosmetic dental bonding to repair damage with composite resin materials. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to explore cosmetic bonding in more detail.

Cosmetic Bonding Q & A

What is cosmetic bonding?

Cosmetic bonding can repair damaged teeth and improve their appearance with tooth-colored composite resin. After applying the solution, the Carl F. Lipe DDS, PLLC, team shapes and polishes the bonding material to match the natural shape and shade of your surrounding teeth. 

Bonding is a relatively simple and cost-effective procedure compared to more invasive cosmetic treatments. It only requires one visit and often takes an hour or less per tooth. 

Am I a candidate for cosmetic bonding?

Cosmetic dental bonding may be a suitable option if you have minor cosmetic concerns, such as:

  • Chips or small cracks
  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Teeth worn down by bruxism (teeth grinding)

If your teeth are worn or mildly damaged, dental bonding can help cover exposed tooth roots to protect your teeth and relieve sensitivity.

Should I get cosmetic bonding or veneers?

The decision between cosmetic bonding and veneers depends on several factors, including the extent of the damage or discoloration, your budget, and your aesthetic goals. 

Veneers are custom-made coverings designed to fit over your front tooth surface. They’re customizable, stain-resistant, and highly durable. They can address more severe damage than cosmetic bonding, such as large cracks and misalignment. While bonding typically lasts about 3-10 years, veneers can usually last 10-15 years*.

However, veneers are more expensive than cosmetic bonding and require the team to remove about 0.5mm of enamel from your teeth. Once you get veneers, you must invest in replacing them to preserve your appearance.

What can I expect from cosmetic bonding?

Cosmetic bonding usually takes about 30-60 minutes, depending on the number of teeth treated and the extent of damage. The minimally-invasive treatment doesn’t typically require local anesthesia. 

First, the team chooses a shade of composite resin material that matches your natural tooth color. They then prepare the surface of the affected tooth by roughening it and applying a conditioning liquid to help the bonding material adhere properly. 

Finally, they apply the material to your affected teeth, mold it into the desired shape, and harden the composite treatment with a special curing light.

Without treatment, chips and cracks can lead to serious tooth damage. Don’t wait to seek help for your dental concerns. Call Carl F. Lipe DDS, PLLC, or schedule an appointment online today.