Bonding / White Fillings Specialist

Renton Family Dentistry

Catherine Im, D.D.S.

Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry located in Renton, WA

Getting the confidence-boosting smile you’ve always wanted can be accomplished in as little as one visit to Renton Family Dentistry, located in Renton, Washington. Here board-certified dentist Dr. Catherine Im specializes in dental bonding. When you call or schedule your appointment online, let the Renton Family Dentistry team know you’re interested in bonding. Because most composite bonding procedures take less than an hour, you can often get your new smile during your lunch break.

Bonding / White Fillings Q & A

What is dental bonding?

Having dental bonding done means that Dr. Im applies a coat of composite resin — a sturdy plastic-like material — to your teeth. Dental bonding is beneficial for improving:

  • Chips
  • Minor cracks
  • Decay
  • Gaps
  • Discoloration
  • Misshapen teeth

How does a dentist apply composite bonding to my teeth?

Going through a dental bonding procedure isn’t as simple as coating your teeth with the composite resin. Dr. Im has to prep your teeth first. This means that she gently files and shapes your teeth, removing a minimal amount of enamel to make room for the new part of your tooth. She uses a color guide to select a composite resin color that blends in with the rest of your smile.

During the application process, Dr. Im carefully applies the composite to your teeth, then contours each tooth individually. Using a curing light, Dr. Im goes over the bonding material to help it seal to your teeth. The final step is a simple polishing and then you’re out the door with your new smile!

Is it painful to get dental bonding?

Not at all. If you’ve ever had a minor filling done, a composite bonding procedure is no worse — it may even be simpler. Many patients don’t even need any Novocain to get their dental bonding done. But if you’re nervous about the procedure or experience any discomfort, Dr. Im can numb the area or provide sedation dentistry options, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas).

How do I care for composite bonding on my teeth?

You don’t need to do anything special to care for your “new” teeth — as long as you already have good oral hygiene practices. Continue brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and coming in for a cleaning twice a year. To further help your brighter smile last even longer, minimize your intake of stain-causing foods and drinks such as:

  • Berries
  • Dark beans
  • Red onions
  • Tea and coffee
  • Colas  

If you smoke cigarettes, quitting not only helps improve your overall health, it lessens tooth yellowing. This can help your bonding look brighter for a longer period of time.