How Does Bonding A Tooth Improve Smile Beauty?

If you have issues with the beauty of your smile, such as discoloration or problems with a tooth’s shape, then you may benefit from cosmetic treatment options. Fortunately, your Des Moines, IA, dentist is ready to address multiple esthetic concerns with a single treatment option known as dental bonding.

The Dental Bonding Process

With dental bonding, we employ the same composite resin material used in our tooth-colored fillings. Composite resin is a blend of glass and acrylic compounds, one that can actually be shaded to match the color of the tooth. The material is safe for people of all ages, including children and pregnant women. Placement includes first removing any decay from the tooth and then thoroughly cleaning it. We will etch the outer surface and then apply the material in several layers. As we cure the composite resin under a light, our team can begin to sculpt and mold the tooth. The final step is to provide a thorough polishing, which helps ensure a lifelike appearance. The entire procedure only takes one visit to complete and can help transform your smile.

Cosmetic Treatment Options

First, we can use this system to mask permanent teeth stains. Known as intrinsic stains, these form below the enamel, often caused by injury, fluorosis, or tetracycline use at a young age. These stains rarely respond to teeth whitening, but we can mask them to brighten the smile. Other benefits include the ability to reshape misshapen or malformed teeth, close embarrassing gaps between the teeth, and repair minor chips and cracks. Repairing damage not only improves smile beauty, but also helps prevent cavities and infection from developing. For a smile makeover, we may combine this option with porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, or Invisalign® aligners to help transform the overall appearance of the smile.


In the same visit, we may perform a contouring procedure. Dental contouring doesn’t involve adding a material to the tooth, instead we gently buff and sand away outer structure to help reshape the tooth and address a variety of cosmetic issues. For example, we can remove any unsightly pits or grooves in the tooth surface, and also dull teeth that appear pointed and sharp. We can also address very minor chips and damage. If you have any questions about our cosmetic dental treatment, or if you think your smile could benefit from bonding and contouring, then contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have Cosmetic Issues That Require Treatment?

We would love to help you enjoy a stunning smile you’ll be proud to show the world. For more information on cosmetic repairs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.