Dental Bonding


Young black man smiling with blue backgroundDental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin to the surface of discolored or defective teeth so that they appear straight and white. Bonding is one of the simplestand most affordable cosmetic dentistry processes and at Amir Sanjabi, DDS, we can use it to give you a bright and pearly smile.

What is Dental Bonding Used For?


Dental bonding is a treatment process that is used to:
•  Fill in slightly decayed teeth.
•  Repaired cracked and chipped teeth.
•  Hide teeth that have permanent stains.
•  Close minor gaps between teeth.
•  Make short teeth appear longer.
•  Fix the shape of a tooth.
•  Cover exposed tooth root.


How Does Dental Bonding Work?


At Amir Sanjabi, DDS, Amir Sanjabi, DDS and start the bonding process by using a shade guide to match the color of the composite resin to your natural teeth. We will first put slight grooves on to the surface of your teeth and then apply a conditioning liquid that would bond the bonding material securely to the surface of the teeth.
We will then use a blue light to accelerate the bonding process. If necessary, we will trim off the excess material from the bonding material and further shape the tooth. We will then polish it until it shines like your enamel.
Depending on the condition of your teeth, the bonding process can take anywhere between 30 to 90 minutes for a single tooth. If you want multiple teeth to be bonded, you may have to get appointments for multiple sessions.

Advantages of Dental Bonding


There are many advantages of getting dental bonding:
•  Dental bonding is one of the most inexpensive cosmetic dentistry option.
•  This is the most non-invasive tooth restoration option and preserves the health of the teeth the most.
•  Since only a very little amount of enamel is scratched off the surface, the tooth does not provide protection even after the bonding agent is removed, unlike dental veneers.
•  Unless dental binding is used to fill an infected tooth, anesthesia is not required.
•  Bonding is typically done in a single session unless you want multiple teeth to be fixed.


Limitations of Dental Bonding


Like all tooth restoration options, dental bonding also has a few risk or limitation:
•  Bonding material is not very strong and is liable to chipping over the years.
•  Bonding material may also break off if you chew on hard stuff like ice or pencil stubs.
•  Bonding generally only works well on teeth that exert low pressure like your incisors.
•  Composite resin is also not as stain-resistant as enamel or porcelain.


Taking Care of Your Dental Bonding


If you want your dental bonding to last a long time, you need to take proper care of it. This includes:
•  Brushing twice a day and flossing once every day.
•  Avoiding very hard and sticky food and not biting your nails.
•  Avoiding coffee, red wine, and tobacco to prevent the bonding agent from staining.
•  Keeping your six-monthly dental appointment with us.


With the proper care, your dental bonding can last you up to 7 years and even more in some cases. If you are interested in dental bonding, call us today at (562) 287-8016 to schedule an appointment with us.
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