One of the fastest and most conservative options for cosmetic restoration is dental bonding. It is designed to correct esthetic flaws and minor damage, restoring the appearance of your smile. The procedure is completed in a single visit, and it usually requires no tooth alteration.
What is bonding?
Bonding is a great option for erasing spots, chips, and stains. In some cases, it can also close wide gaps, repair decay, and alter the shape of the tooth. Our office uses a quality resin material, which is colored to match your tooth precisely. The doctor will remove any decay, clean the tooth, and use an etching gel to roughen the surface slightly. The resin is applied directly to your tooth and cured (hardened) with a special light. When the procedure is complete, your tooth will look whole, healthy, and beautiful. No one would guess that you had dental work done!
Is it right for you?
Bonding resin, like other dental materials, is stronger, more durable, and more beautiful than ever. However, it does not match porcelain in appearance or longevity. Porcelain has a glassy translucency and moderate opulence that mimics tooth enamel. It is also stain resistant and extremely hard; resin is more susceptible to damage or stains. If the area to be treated is large, you may wish to consider a porcelain veneer for long lasting results and improved strength. For small blemishes, bonding is usually a great solution.
Bonding also has a number of advantages over veneers; the best option is not the same for everyone. Time is a valuable commodity, and many people choose bonding because it can be completed in a single visit. This is especially important if you want a perfect smile in time for a special event. Another great benefit to bonding is the minimal preparation needed. Veneers are conservative, but bonding is even more so. Anesthesia is rarely needed.
Dr. Wheeler will clearly explain all of your options, including the advantages and disadvantages of each, because an informed decision is a wise decision. If you are looking for top quality dentistry, delivered with integrity and compassion.
Call our office at (310) 539-8616 and schedule an appointment today.
23560 Madison Street
Torrance, CA 90505
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