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Interested in cosmetic dentistry in Lewis Center, Delaware, or Powell? Wondering if dental bonding from Dr. Amy Gavin is right for you? One of the most common questions the team at Olentangy Modern Dental gets is about whether or not dental bonding can be removed. Our knowledgeable team is always happy to answer any questions you may have and help you understand your options for cosmetic dentistry. 

Yes, Dental Bonding Can Be Removed – The Process Is Reversible!

Dental bonding is an additive treatment. It does not require any of your natural enamel to be removed. Instead, your tooth is simply roughened with a mild acid. Then, a composite material made of resin and crushed glass is applied directly to your tooth. Your dentist shapes this material until it looks just like a part of your natural teeth.

Because there is no need to remove any of your natural tooth structure, the bonding material can be removed without any damage to your enamel. This is in contrast to other cosmetic treatments like veneers. Veneers require the removal of a thin layer of enamel, so the process is not reversible.

How Is Dental Bonding Removed?

Dental bonding is usually removed with a special type of sandpaper, which is placed on a small, rapidly-rotating disc. Your dentist will use this tool to remove all of the bonding material from each of your teeth, reversing the effects of dental bonding. 

Will My Teeth Look Like They Used to After Dental Bonding Is Removed?

For the most part, yes. However, they likely will not be as bright or lustrous, since the enamel surface must be etched with acid before the bonding procedure.

In addition, you will need to make sure you work with an expert cosmetic dentist like Dr. Amy Gavin if you want to reverse the effects of dental bonding. When sanding down bonded teeth, it’s easy to accidentally sand away some of your natural tooth structure. An experienced cosmetic dentist will be able to remove only the composite material, leaving your enamel intact.

Why Would I Want to Remove Dental Bonding?

So, why would you bother removing dental bonding in the first place? Here are a few reasons.

  • To restore damage to one or more bonded teeth – If you have cracks or chips in one or more of your bonded teeth, it may be better to remove the bonding completely before adding more composite material.
  • If you’re unhappy with your results – This is rare, but it’s possible that your smile may not look the way you wanted it to, or you may be unhappy with the results for some other reason.
    If this is the case, it’s usually a good idea to have the bonding material removed. Then, you can find a different cosmetic dentist to work with and explore further bonding treatment or a treatment like porcelain veneers.
  • To prepare your teeth for veneers – If you have had your teeth bonded but you decide you want veneers, the bonding material will need to be removed before your teeth can be prepared for veneers.

Interested in Dental Bonding and Cosmetic Dentistry? Come to Olentangy Modern Dental!

If you have further questions about cosmetic dentistry, we recommend scheduling a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Gavin today. She can examine your mouth and determine which treatments may be right for you and answer any further questions you may have. Give us a call at (740) 200-5100, or stop by our office at 7100 Graphics Way, Suite 3800, Lewis Center, OH 43035.