Cosmetic Dental Bonding In Encino, Los Angeles

Restorative & Aesthetic Dental Bonding Can Confidently Restore A Smile

While dental care is often a matter of oral health, different procedures can also be useful for cosmetic reasons. For instance, you may have a gap or crack in your tooth or teeth, or a variety of other issues that affect the look and functionality of your tooth or teeth. If it’s minor enough that the crown—or the entire tooth—doesn’t need to be replaced, your best option may either be dental veneers or dental bonding.

Through dental bonding, many patients have found a new level of self-confidence and pride in their smile. By filling in gaps, and getting rid of cracks or chips,  patients find that they are empowered, and can smile the way that they used to.

In order to understand how bonding can help you to complete your smile, it’s important to understand what dental bonding is, and how this simple procedure can change the way your teeth look.

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a procedure that involves a composite being installed over a healthy tooth to adjust the cosmetic appearance of that tooth. This procedure is often used for minor corrections like cracks, chips, stains or gaps. This is a temporary solution, and can be helpful for younger patients whose mouths are still developing.

Why Would I Want Dental Bonding?

Because dental bonding is mainly a cosmetic procedure, it is generally up to the patient whether or not they want bonding. Still, some of the issues that bonding can help to repair are:

  • Gaps in Teeth
  • Chips in Teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Cracks
  • Uneven Texture
  • Stains

Dental bonding is often very helpful with boosting self-esteem, and completing a smile that needs a small adjustment. People that are self-conscious about gaps in their teeth, for instance, often opt for dental bonding as a cosmetic solution to create the appearance of a complete smile.

Stains and/or discoloration will often stand in the way of people with amazing smiles showing their teeth. With dental bonding, stains and discoloration can be hidden, allowing the patient to smile with confidence and pride.

The Dental Bonding Process

Dental bonding is an extremely simple procedure, and can usually be accomplished within one visit. The process starts with a visit to the dentist, in which different options are discussed. Your dentist may decide that a veneer is a better option for you, for instance, but for small cosmetic changes, they will often choose bonding.

From there, your dentist will help you to choose the right dental bond for your teeth. This will include picking the shape, color and shade that matches the surrounding teeth. Your teeth will then be cleaned, and a bonding solution will be adhered. The resin is then applied, and the dental bond is shaped and sculpted to perfected match the tooth. The tooth is polished to ensure that it matches the surrounding teeth. From there, a razor or light will be used to ensure the bond is adhered fully.

Generally the full bonding process will take around an hour or two to be completed. After that, you’ll have the beautiful cosmetic appearance that you have always wanted.

Dental Bonding Durability

While dental bonds are an excellent cosmetic solution, they are not permanent. Instead, they generally last a few years. This makes them perfect for kids and teens that are still developing. This doesn’t mean that adults can’t benefit from dental bonding as well—they can! It is important to understand, though, that they likely won’t last as long as veneers.

In order to ensure that your dental bonding lasts as long as possible, make sure to take good care of your oral health. With proper brushing, flossing, mouth washing, checkups and regular cleanings, your bonds will likely last longer.

It’s also encouraged to stay away from certain beverages like coffee and tea to avoid staining of the bond. Smoking can also do damage to the resin, and your mouth overall. If you know that you cannot avoid smoking or drinking coffee/tea, you may not be the best candidate for dental bonding.

The final thing you’ll want to consider when it comes to the longevity of your bond are habits that you may have that can damage the bond. Doing things like using you teeth to open items like bottles and cans is discouraged, as well as chewing on fingernails. If you are involved in sports, make sure to use proper protection (such as a mouthguard) to ensure the safety of your bond, as well as the safety of your teeth overall.

Bonding vs. Veneers

While dental bonding and veneers may seem the same on the surface, there are some distinct differences between the two procedures. The process of dental bonding is a simple and quick one, that can be completed in one trip. The process of placing a dental veneer is more complex, and takes a series of visits. Veneers also are generally made with porcelain, which needs to be installed. This requires removing enamel and then bonding the veneer to the tooth.

Choosing the Right Procedure

The choice of going with veneers or bonding is a choice that needs to be made between your dentist and you. This decision will involve taking a look at what issues you are having, and what procedure would be more likely to provide the results that your dentist and you are looking for. Do keep in mind that veneers will generally last longer, and will have less likelihood to stain and discolor.

Boost Your Confidence

Nobody should have to worry about the way their smile looks, and no one should feel self-conscious when they want to express their happiness. Dental bonding can help a patient to rediscover their wonderful smile, and show it off with pride. If you have cracks, discoloration, gaps or any other minor cosmetic issue, speak with your dentist about different solutions, including dental bonding.

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