Touch Up Your Smile With Tooth Bonding

When you have a damaged tooth, or if you have embarrassing issues with the shape of your tooth, then you may benefit from more than teeth whitening. With tooth bonding, we help transform the appearance of your tooth in a single visit! When should you see your Des Moines, IA, dentist for treatment?

What is Tooth Bonding?

With tooth bonding, we use the same material employed in our tooth-colored fillings to provide cosmetic repairs and smile improvement. Composite resin contains no metal, so it’s safe for people of all ages. This unique blend of glass and acrylic can be shaded to match the color of surrounding tooth structure. Treatment begins with an exam to assess the cause and extent of common cosmetic issues. If we find bonding is a great fit for your smile, then we clean the tooth and remove any decay. Next, we prepare the composite resin and apply it in several layers. As we cure these layers under a light, the dentist shapes and sculpts the tooth. The final step is to polish your tooth for a more lifelike appearance!

The Potential Benefits

The entire process only takes one visit to complete, so you leave with a stunning new smile. The material is an excellent way to mask intrinsic teeth stains, which form beneath the tooth enamel and could be difficult to remove with teeth whitening. We also help lengthen teeth that bruxism (teeth gridning) has worn down. Treatment has been shown to repair cracked, chipped, or broken teeth too. We may employ composite resin to help close embarrassing gaps between the teeth and to correct issues with one’s shape.

Dental Contouring and Teeth Whitening

We also combine this option with other treatments, like dental contouring. Dental contouring involves gently sanding and buffing outer tooth structure to correct esthetic issues, like rough patches in the surfaces, pits or grooves, pointed teeth, or teeth that appear overly large or misshapen. We may also whiten teeth beforehand and shade the composite resin to match your brightest smile. We know that finding time to see the dentist can be difficult with our hectic schedules, so we’re happy to provide cosmetic improvements that only take a single visit to complete. If you have any questions about our these cosmetic treatment options, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to see which ones are right for your smile, then contact our team today.


With bonding and contouring, we address a wide array of esthetic issues in just one visit. To learn more about our cosmetic procedures, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.