Are you embarrassed to show off your smile? Perhaps, your teeth are cracked, misshapen, or you suffer from tooth decay.

In some cases, the problems aren’t functional, but simply cosmetic.

There is an affordable way to treat common tooth issues such as chipping, cracking, discoloration, spacing, and misshapen teeth without the need for costly procedures that require a lot of recovery time. Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment performed to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the teeth. It utilizes tooth colored composite material that is placed onto the teeth, mostly used to correct the color and shape of the teeth, without the need for anesthesia or a significant recovery period. This makes the procedure not only time efficient but cost efficient.

Dental bonding is not only a highly effective procedure, but it can be completed in just one visit! Patients can walk into The Dental Office of Encino unhappy with the appearance of their smile and leave excited to show it off! In order to get started and find out if you would benefit from dental bonding, contact our Southern California location in Encino in order to request a consultation with Drs. Howard and Howard. We look forward to correcting your smile.

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About Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves placing composite resin material onto the tooth in order to enhance the appearance of the patient’s smile. It’s often used to lengthen shortened teeth, close gaps between teeth, and fix discoloration or other surface level imperfections. The resin is specially colored in order to match the color of the patient’s teeth. Then, using a specialized light, the doctor will chemically bond the resin to the tooth.

Plus, the single day procedure – usually performed in less than an hour – is long-lasting with proper dental care.

In order to be considered for dental bonding, patients should first come into The Dental Office of Encino for a consultation. During this time one of our knowledgeable and experienced dentists will determine whether or not the patient would benefit from dental bonding or would require general dentistry over cosmetic. Contact us today to get started.

Good Candidates

Patients who have any of the following conditions might be good candidates for dental bonding:

  • Decayed teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Short or worn teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Receding gums

Dental bonding is attractive to many because it can be used to restore a variety of cosmetic concerns for both men and women patients. It is also a good procedure for patients of a wide range of ages, including children. Plus, the procedure only takes one session to complete and is a cost-effective option for restoring the appearance of the smile. Nonetheless, dental bonding is not a good option for patients who have significant functional concerns with their teeth since bonding material is not as strong as regular teeth. Furthermore, it is important during the consultation for the patient to inform the doctor of their medical history, including any prior cosmetic procedures, illnesses, or medications. While this information will likely not preclude the patient from having the treatment, it is important knowledge for the safety of the patient.

In order to be considered for a dental bonding procedure, the patient should first come into our Encino office for a one-on-one consultation with one of our expert dentists who will examine the patient’s dental concerns and determine the best course of action to address the particular concerns. Contact our office by filling out this form and our staff will get in contact with you shortly to schedule an appointment.

Dental Bonding vs Amalgam Fillers

Amalgam fillers are an alternative to dental bonding . Dental bonding utilizes a tooth colored composite resin, while amalgam fillers utilize metallic alloy to correct the appearance of cavities and other deformities. As the name suggests, amalgam fillings are metal colored, not tooth colored. It is usually composed of a combination of copper, silver, tin, and elemental mercury.

Amalgam has been used longer than dental bonding – for over 100 years – but dental bonding is the preferred method of the present. Doctor’s main concern with amalgam fillings over dental bonding is that it is not as good at correcting smaller tooth deformities. This is because there is a minimum size requirement in order for the filler to hold properly.

The silverish color is unnatural looking when the patient opens their mouth. Plus, the metallic alloy will continue to tarnish over time and gradually darken.

Composite dental bonding has been used for approximately the past 40 years. While not as historically used as amalgam fillers, there have been significant advancements in the use of dental bondings in the past decades.

Beyond matching the color of the patient’s teeth, dental bonding can be used for more than filling cracks in teeth – it can also be used to shape the teeth. However, dental bonding typically lasts about half the time of amalgam fillers: 10 years.

Even though dental bonding does not last as long as amalgam fillings, Drs. Howard and Howard are among the leading cosmetic dentistry professionals who prefer dental bonding over amalgam fillings. Not only is dental bonding more versatile and can fix a wider range of cosmetic issues, but it also is more cosmetically appealing once installed. At The Dental Office of Encino, we believe that 10 years of versatile, cosmetically pleasing dental work is more worthwhile than 20 years of inflexible, aesthetically jarring work.

Nonetheless, our doctors are committed to working personally with each and every one of our clients in order to determine the best work that will make them happiest in the long term.

Procedure

dental-bonding-encinoDental bonding is a non-invasive way to change the color or shape of the teeth. Drs. Howard and Howard will use a shade guide to select a resin or porcelain color that will match the color of the patient’s teeth. Next, the surface of the teeth will be strategically roughened and a conditioning liquid will be applied, as this helps the bonding materials stick to the tooth. During the bonding process, our skilled dentists attach materials like porcelain or resins directly to the teeth.

This material is then molded and smoothed to its desired shape. Our doctors will then fuse the natural tooth enamel together with the bonding materials using an ultraviolet light or laser. After the material is fused and hardened, the dentists will do any additional shaping as necessary and polish it. The dental bonding procedure can typically be performed in one session and will likely not require anesthesia. This significantly cuts down on the recovery time following the procedure and the cost of the treatment.

Recovery / Maintenance

Patients will be able to return to their regular routines following the dental bonding procedure. However, our doctors will advise the patient on how to take care of their new dental bondings so that they can enjoy them for as long as possible before requiring a replacement.

Of course, patients should maintain their normal routine of oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing. They should also be rinsing their mouth with antiseptic mouthwash at least twice a day. Furthermore, they should be sure to attend regular dentist checkups so that a professional can analyze the patient’s oral health.

Dental bonding is not the strongest cosmetic – or functional – dental work available. While this does make it attractive in terms of price and recovery period, it does mean that patients need to be particularly careful with their cosmetic dentistry. For example, in order to maintain their results, patients should avoid damaging their teeth with activities such as fingernail biting, chewing on pens or ice, or using their teeth as a can or bottle opener. These should be avoided in general though. The doctors will provide more information to the patient on how to maintain their results at the time of the consultation.

Consultation

The consultation is the first step in the dental bonding process. During the consultation, the dentist will meet personally with the patient in order to determine how to address their cosmetic concerns. However, dental bonding is not necessarily used to treat functional problems, as the resin is not as strong and durable as actual teeth enamel. In many cases, patients would be good candidates for dental bonding. However, the dentist will use his expertise in order to recommend the best course of treatment for the patient. The dentist will ask the patient about their smile goals and perform an examination. He will also take photographs in order to use for further analysis.

The dentist will use his honest and expert opinion to recommend the best course of treatment to meet the patient’s cosmetic goals.

Following the consultation, Dr. Howard or Howard will recommend the best, personalized, course of treatment for the patient. The patient will also have the opportunity to schedule their treatment and discuss pricing.

For more information about dental bonding and how it can help your smile, please call The Dental Office of Encino today!