Tony Do D.D.S
8600 Beach Blvd. #105
Buena Park, CA 90620
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Smile Gallery - Cosmetic Dentistry - Bonding

Dental bonding , also known as composite or tooth bonding, is an excellent way to fix cosmetic and structural imperfections in the teeth. Dental bonding can repair cracked, chipped, and discolored teeth as well as replace silver amalgam fillings. Cosmetic bonding can also repair misaligned teeth, providing a straighter, more uniform smile.

The Tooth Bonding Procedure
To begin the teeth bonding procedure, the dentist selects a composite resin ( dental bonding material) that matches the natural shade of your teeth. The dentist then roughens the existing tooth so the resin can adhere properly. Next, the composite resin is carefully applied to the tooth, shaped, and smoothed to achieve the desired look. It is then quickly hardened via a high intensity light. Lastly, the bonded tooth is buffed and polished so it has the same appearance as the surrounding teeth.

Teeth bonding can usually be completed in one office visit, depending on the extent of repair needed. Even if treatment needs to be performed over two or more visits, you will be pleased to notice a significant difference in your smile after the first treatment. A cosmetic dentist can work out an individual plan for your dental bonding needs after a consultation and initial dental examination.

Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding
Tooth bonding offers several benefits for patients. It is quick, affordable, relatively painless, and long lasting. Dental bonding is also a great alternative to more extensive cosmetic dentistry treatment with porcelain veneers, bridges, and crowns. Additionally, the composite resin used in a cosmetic bonding procedure is very flexible, expanding and contracting with the natural tooth to prevent cracks and tooth loss. Dental bonding is an excellent option for individuals looking to repair imperfections in their smile.

Cost of Dental Teeth Bonding
Financing for cosmetic dentistry procedures is a primary concern among patients. For dental tooth bonding, the cost varies depending on the number of teeth that are repaired and the area of the country in which the procedure is performed.

Many insurance carriers cover teeth bonding, especially if it is done for structural reasons. Many cosmetic dentists have financing plans available for patients, so a procedure like tooth bonding can be affordable to patients of all financial backgrounds. Because dental bonding can easily align, straighten, whiten, and improve the overall appearance of your smile, the result is usually well worth the cost.

There are two types of bonding. What type is indicated in your situation depends upon whether you have a small area or a larger area that requires correction.

For small corrections
These are one appointment fillings which are color-matched to the tooth and are bonded to the surface for added strength. These are most appropriate for small fillings and front fillings as they may not be as durable for large fillings.

For larger corrections
Dental lab-created tooth-colored fillings require two appointments and involve making a mold of your teeth and placing a temporary filling. A dental laboratory then creates a very durable filling to custom-fit the mold made from your teeth. These fillings are typically made of porcelain. The custom-fit filling is then bonded to your tooth on your return visit. This type is even more natural looking, more durable and more stain resistant.