Cosmetic Tooth Bonding

Dental Services

Thank you all for your great service, kind care, and sweet attitudes. I love being your patient, blessings!

P.K.

Thank you for everything leading up to and the day of my visit for Bioclear. I’m so happy with the results from the procedure and I appreciate all of the information everyone provided during the process. Thanks so much to you, Dr. Leach, for investing your time and talents in making this procedure available in our state. I’m very grateful for all of the kindness and care everyone gave to me. The office visits, phone conversations, and really all of my interactions with your office were very positive and put me at ease. Thank you so much for all that you all do!

Traci S.

Wow, my dental appointments were actually looked at as a pleasant experience, since Dr. Leach and his staff are so capable and sincere – and there was no discomfort as one usually expects.

C.R.

My family and I have been a client of Dr. Steven Leach for 13 years. He has been a very positive influence concerning oral health. After consulting with Dr. Leach concerning a very crooked front tooth, he advised me and we came to the conclusion that we need to crown the teeth. His staff was encouraging, very kind and helpful with the decisions that needed to be made. Dr. Leach took great care to make sure that everything went according to plan. When it was time to fit the new teeth he was meticulous and the outcome was beyond my wildest hopes. For the first time I had a smile that I could really be proud of. Dr. Leach’s expertise, his excellent staff, and the lab made what could have been a harrowing experience a very enjoyable one.
Thank you Dr. Leach, “She said with a smile”!

K.H.

Dr. Leach did a magnificent job on my teeth. He did some bonding to fill in some spaces and my teeth look just perfect. I am completely happy with the great job he did! He also did the work with no discomfort whatsoever and without even numbing. I was very comfortable the whole time.

J.M.

Dear Dr. Leach,  I just wanted to tell you thank you for my beautiful veneers! I love them and get compliments on them all the time. Thank you again!

Katie W.

Modern dentistry is amazing! At Steven Leach Dental in Decatur, AL, we’re quite proud of what our professional staff can accomplish for our patients. One of the simplest and least expensive ways to repair broken or decayed teeth is with dental bonding.

Tooth Bonding

Tooth Bonding

Dr. Leach uses material called “composite resins” to repair a variety of dental damage and defects (chips, discoloration, spacing). The resins are matched to the color of your teeth. They’re composed of a chemically strong mixture of plastic and glass. This material becomes one with your teeth (i.e. bonded).

Composite resins, in the hands of a skilled expert like Dr. Leach, can be used to create truly lifelike results – it may be impossible to distinguish the bonded tooth from its neighbors. Though bonding doesn’t last as long as a dental veneer, it also eliminated the added expense and time of a dental laboratory. More often than not, it can be done without drilling of the tooth. It’s a particularly good solution for teens, who often need to wait until their teeth have finished maturing before choosing a more permanent type of dental restoration.

The Bonding Process

At Steven Leach Dental, tooth bonding can usually be accomplished in one office visit. Again, without the expense and time of a lab, the whole process can often be completed in under an hour. The process is fairly straightforward:

  • First, the tooth to be bonded is cleaned.
  • Next, the tooth is etched with an acidic gel that opens up tiny pores in the tooth’s surface. This allows the resin to adhere properly.
  • After the gel is rinsed away, the properly colored composite resin is applied as a liquid. It fills the pores created by the etching to create an incredibly strong microchemical bond.
  • Next Dr. Leach will “cure” the bond with a special light. This hardens the resin.
  • After that layer is cured, additional layers are applied and cured.
  • Once the correct thickness is reached, Dr. Leach will shape the tooth with a dental drill.
  • The final step is polishing the tooth.
Tooth Bonding

Caring for Bonded Teeth

Just like the rest of your teeth, bonded teeth should be brushed and flossed daily, and professionally cleaned at Steven Leach Dental twice per year, The most important thing about caring for your bonded tooth is to remember that composite resin can absorb stain, just like natural teeth. So, you should try to avoid smoking, red wine, coffee and tea to the extent possible. Also, while composite can darken, it cannot be lightened. If you are thinking about having your teeth whitened, it should be done before your tooth is bonded so that a composite can be matched to the lighter color of your whitened teeth. If you whiten your teeth after bonding, the bonded tooth may no longer match. Finally, try not to bite your nails, hold writing implements in your mouth, or use your teeth in other ways that could put excessive force on the bonding material and chip it. With proper care, a bonded tooth should stay beautiful for 3 to 10 years.