Project Description

Santa Monica
Dental Bonding

Known as one of the least expensive processes, dental bonding is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure. In basic terms, the composite resin utilized in bonding is shaped and polished to match adjacent teeth for a natural-looking smile. Aside from changing tooth shape, color, length, and closing gaps between teeth, dentists often use bonding to correct the overall appearance of damaged and discolored teeth.

Bonding can be utilized as an alternative to amalgam dental fillings and as added protection in the case of receding gum lines. Unless the procedure involves some level of discomfort, bonding doesn’t typically involve anesthesia or much preparation. In situations that may include some level of pain, such as filling decaying teeth with bonding resin, the proper steps will be taken beforehand.

The first step to the bonding process is to complete a color match with a shade guide to ensure the most natural-looking smile possible. Following this color match, your dentist will choose a composite resin color best suited to your tooth color. The affected tooth will be slightly abraded or etched to roughen the overall surface area for the best adhesion possible. A conditioning liquid will then be applied in a light coat to assist with bonding material adherence. Your dentist will then apply putty-like resin after the tooth has been cleaned and prepared. The resin will be sculpted until it reaches the desired shape before hardening the material with UV light.

After the bonding material has hardened, it will then be shaped and trimmed again before being polished to a similar sheen and luster to your natural tooth surface. This process usually takes about 30 – 60 minutes to complete per tooth. For this reason, subsequent appointments may need to be scheduled if multiple teeth require bonding.

Bonding requires special care, even after it has been cured, especially regarding color integrity. For example, it may be necessary to practice avoiding certain medications, coffee, tea, dark sodas, and even cigarettes to prevent stains – at least for a few days. The first 48 hours after a bonding procedure is completed, the most crucial time frame for maintaining color, in addition to regular dental cleanings and daily brushing.

In addition to providing dental bonding, we also offer the following cosmetic dentistry services to our Santa Monica patients: teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and complete smile makeovers.

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