What’s the Point of Cosmetic Dental Bonding?


Cosmetic smile improvement is a customized job; there is no one-size-fits-all treatment, and your cosmetic dentist must tailor your treatment to your specific needs and preferences. Often, those preferences include minimal time in the dentist’s chair, and a result that blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile. If your concerns are not too significant, then we may recommend cosmetic dental bonding, which can improve a number of different issues without the need for extensive dental work.

Dental Bonding for Minor Cosmetic Issues

Dental bonding describes the application of tooth-colored composite resin to a portion of your tooth. Once the resin is placed, it can be artfully sculpted to match the correct contour of your tooth and smile. To secure the bonding, we will expose it to a special curing light to harden the material, and then polish it to give the bonding a natural, blemish-free finish. Since the treatment is customized to your needs, bonding can offer an affordable, non-invasive solution for a number of cosmetic concerns, including;

  • Stubborn stains on your teeth
  • A chipped tooth
  • A noticeably worn tooth
  • An excessive space between two teeth
  • And more

In some cases, bonding is performed in conjunction with tooth contouring, which involves carefully sculpting away a minor amount of tooth enamel to reshape the tooth.

Composite Resin to Restore Cavities

If your tooth develops a cavity but you prefer not to fill it with a metal filling, then composite resin can also be used as a better-looking, and often more effective, restoration. Tooth-colored fillings are made from the same material as dental bonding, and can therefore improve your tooth’s appearance while simultaneously restoring its health and strength. Because the resin can be securely bonded to your tooth’s structure, it creates a tighter seal against oral bacteria than metal amalgam.


Dr. Keelan and our dedicated team at Keelan Dental offer patients the comfortable, convenient dental care that everyone needs and deserves. To schedule an initial consultation, or your next dental appointment, call our office in Butler, PA at (724) 285-4153. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.