Restoring Your Smile’s Beauty With Bonding


While teeth whitening is an excellent means of brightening teeth and removing stains, we have a treatment option that can also correct issues with a tooth’s shape too! In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist will discuss how we repair and restore teeth in one sitting with cosmetic dental bonding.

What Will Bonding Improve?

Dental bonding uses the same kind of metal-free material we employ to treat cavities with tooth-colored fillings. A blend of glass and acrylic, the material is shaded to blend with the smile and provide a lifelike appearance. We may use the material to repair cracked or chipped teeth, reshape malformed teeth, or help lengthen the teeth worn down by bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching). Remember, repairing damage, even if it appears minor, is crucial for avoiding complications like tooth decay or dental infection. We close gaps between them, and also help remove the “black triangle” spaces between some teeth. The process has also help treat worn-down portions and mask the kind of permanent teeth stains that may not respond to most teeth whitening treatments.

The Process of Repairing a Tooth

We start the procedure by carefully cleaning your teeth and removing any decay. Next, we gently etch the surface and begin preparing the composite resin material. We tint the material to better blend with your tooth and ensure a more natural appearance. We apply the composite resin in several layers, and as we cure it under a light, we begin to sculpt and mold the tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. The entire process only takes one visit, so you leave with a transformed tooth!

Contouring and More

Along with bonding, we could also contour the teeth in the same visit. Dental contouring means we address esthetic issues by gently sanding and buffing away outer structure. For example, we could remove pits and grooves in the tooth surfaces, or smooth rough or worn portions. We can dull sharp or pointed teeth, correct minor chips. We also have the ability to reshape overly large teeth. Prior to either procedure, we may also whiten the teeth to ensure your repairs match your brightest possible smile. If you have any questions about our approach to cosmetic dental care, or if you would like to talk to our team about possible treatment options, then contact our team today.


We want to offer smile improvement in as little as one visit with cosmetic bonding. To learn more about cosmetic treatment options and other procedures to help improve overall smile health and beauty, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.