Dental Bonding in Vail, AZ

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What is Cosmetic Bonding?

Welcome to Vail Family Dentistry in Vail, AZ, where we specialize in transforming smiles! On this page, we’ll explore the ins and outs of cosmetic bonding, a popular and cost-effective procedure to enhance your smile. Whether you’re considering cosmetic bonding or just curious about its benefits, we’ve got all the information you need.

Cosmetic bonding is a straightforward dental procedure that involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin to damaged teeth. It’s an excellent alternative to more invasive treatments like crowns and veneers. Our skilled dentists use a shade guide to ensure the resin matches your natural teeth perfectly. The procedure involves roughening the tooth surface and applying a special liquid to help the bonding agent adhere. We then shape the composite resin to your tooth and harden it with UV light.

Is Cosmetic Dental Bonding Right for You?

Cosmetic bonding offers great value and is often chosen over other cosmetic procedures. It’s less invasive, meaning minimal tooth enamel is removed compared to veneers or crowns. Typically used for short-term cosmetic improvements and in areas with low bite pressure, bonding can last 3-10 years, depending on various factors.

What to Expect from Dental Bonding

First, we use a shade guide to select a resin shade that most closely matches the natural color of the tooth. Before attaching, the surface of the tooth is sanded down and lightly coated with a conditioning liquid so that the bonding material will more easily stick. Once preparation is complete, we will apply the resin to the tooth and mold it to fit. The material is subsequently hardened using an ultraviolet light. After this, we will apply the finishing touches.

A single-tooth bonding procedure usually takes between 30 to 60 minutes from start to finish, but may require several visits to complete if more than one tooth requires work. Because most tooth bonding procedures require no anesthetic, you can commence daily activities after we’re done.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Bonding

What are ideal uses for dental bonding?

Our dentists at Vail Family Dentistry recommend bonding for:

  • Repairing chips or cracks
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Concealing discoloration
  • Reshaping teeth
  • Protecting exposed tooth roots due to receding gums

How long does dental bonding last?

Longevity of Dental Bonding: The lifespan of bonding varies based on its location, your bite, and eating habits. On average, bonding lasts 4-8 years, with some cases extending up to 10 years. Regular check-ups help monitor its condition.

How do I care for my dental bonding?

Caring for Bonded Teeth: Treat bonded teeth like natural teeth. Avoid habits like chewing on hard objects, and consider a mouth guard if you grind your teeth. Good oral hygiene is essential for maintaining your bonding.

How should I prep for the procedure?

Minimal preparation is needed for dental bonding on your end, outside of practicing standard oral hygiene. Just ensure good oral hygiene before your appointment. If you’re due for a dental cleaning, consider scheduling it before your bonding procedure.

To kick off your bonding appointment, your dentist will select a shade that best matches up with your teeth to prepare the resin. The actual composite resin is a pliable, putty-like material that can be molded into countless shapes. Local anesthesia may be necessary if a nerve is nearby the site of the procedure, but no anesthesia is typically needed for surface repairs. The bonding procedure then starts by making the surface of the tooth coarser and more susceptible to the bonding material. The dentist will subsequently apply a fluid to help the resin stick to your teeth. Next, they will apply and mold the resin into shape. After smoothing it down, they will use UV waves to cure and harden the resin in only a few seconds.

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Composite White Fillings

The composite white filling is an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional silver amalgam filling. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings are virtually invisible, and our team at Vail Family Dentistry can shade them according to the color of your teeth, creating a perfect match and giving you a beautiful, white smile!

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap with a false tooth in between. Made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials, bridges restore your smile, prevent further tooth misalignment, and help you chew comfortably.


Dental Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures. The resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Bonding benefits both your oral health and improves your appearance by repairing damage, minor flaws, and irregularities in the surface of your teeth. This process is a wonderfully effective and affordable way to make cosmetic improvements to your smile.


Many patients choose veneers as a custom-made option to make their smile sparkle naturally when they want to have a smile that is more vibrant.

Veneers entirely cover the damaged tooth with a long-lasting hard coating that enables it to nearly resemble the color of natural teeth, making them one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Dental veneers are  used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth.

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5 Star Dental Patient Review

“An Awesome Experience!”

What an awesome experience! After having a horrible experience with another Vail Dentist Office, I decided to switch to Vail Family Dentistry. There was absolutely no comparison. Vail Family Dentistry had friendly knowledgeable reception staff, and the people in the back were wonderful as well. Dr. David was AMAZING. So nice and caring and NO UP SELLING. He looked at my X-rays, he proposed a cleaning, and that was it. He spent time with me discussing issues I had, gave me advice on how to handle them at home, game me supplies to use, and was kind to my 8 year old who I brought with me. I cannot thank them enough for restoring my faith in humanity, and alieving my fears of the dentist. The prices were fair, and I couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend Vail Family Dentistry. ~Chrystal Patterson
Vail Family Dentistry Office
Vail Family Dentistry
Dentist in Vail, AZ

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