You want to fix an unsightly tooth, but you don’t want to spend much time or money getting the work done and want the treatment to be non-invasive. This wish isn’t so impossible. In fact, it can be your reality thanks to cosmetic tooth bonding from Downtown Dental in Los Angeles. One of the most versatile and impactful ways to correct imperfections in your smile, cosmetic tooth bonding works as both an aesthetic and restorative dental treatment.
What to Expect from Dental Bonding
Cosmetic tooth bonding, also known as dental bonding or composite bonding, is a simple procedure that usually takes only 30 minutes per tooth to complete. Anesthesia and numbing agents are typically not necessary for any surface repairs. Here is how the treatment works:
- Consultation: Your Los Angeles dentist conducts a dental exam to see what’s happening with your oral health before determining whether cosmetic tooth bonding is right for you.
- Prep: The tooth is roughened then coated with a conditioning liquid to get it ready for bonding.
- Bonding: A tooth-colored resign is color-matched to tooth enamel and painted over the tooth’s surface in several layers until the desired shape and size are achieved.
- Sculpting: The treated tooth is shaped to look like neighboring teeth so it blends into the rest of your smile.
- Curing: A special dental laser and light are focused on the treated tooth to harden the bonding material in place.
- Wrap-up: The tooth is gently polished to a high shine so it looks and feels like the rest of your teeth.
The Versatility of Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
What can dental bonding fix? Just about every cosmetic issue a person has, including all the following:
- Stained tooth
- Discolored tooth
- Chipped tooth
- Gapped teeth
- Cracked tooth
- Misshapen tooth
- Minor tooth decay
Dentists usually recommend the most conservative repairs or upgrades to a smile to correct whatever unsightliness is bothering you. Bonding is effective, strong, and long-lasting as a restoration or cosmetic smile makeover, as long as you take care of your teeth at home and see your dentist regularly for checkups and teeth cleanings.
One of the biggest benefits of composite bonding is that it’s ideal for anxious dental patients who only need a small repair. There is no drilling, no shots, no discomfort – you can simply have a problem tooth tended to without feeling uncomfortable about the procedure.
Is Composite Bonding Right for You?
While it may look to you like you only need a surface repair, a consultation with your Los Angeles dentist may reveal that your oral health problem goes much deeper than you thought. In cases like this, you’ll need a more significant solution and dental bonding may not be the answer. Rest assured, there is always a way to correct what’s wrong with your teeth – it’s simply important to be flexible about the best solution.
If you notice a problem with a tooth right away and contact your dentist immediately, chances are a simpler, faster solution can get the job done. Seeing your dentist right away prevents the development of more complex, painful problems and makes you a far more likely candidate for composite bonding.
If you think you might be a good candidate for cosmetic tooth bonding, contact your Los Angeles dentist Dr. Don Mungcal at Downtown Dental. Find out what smile makeover is right for you.
Dr. Don Mungcal
Dr. Tara Mavadat
Dr. Ivan Chan
With over 28 years of experience and service, Dr. Mungcal makes it his responsibility to be the best version of himself by being his patients’ go-to point for any and all dental concerns. In addition to being meticulous in his work ethic, he is also an individual who understands development and change. He updates and informs himself constantly through various continuous educational programs that he undertakes. He also invests in the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide world-class dental services.
Dr. Mungcal graduated from UCLA and the University of the Pacific Dental School and is presently a member of several acclaimed medical associations, including the California Dental Society.
Dr. Tara Mavadat was always passionate about dentistry and is committed to helping patients achieve excellent oral health and beautiful smiles that last long. Having earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry, she focuses on comprehensive general dentistry with an emphasis on preventive dentistry. Her primary goals are to provide comfort and quality as well as exceptional esthetic outcomes to every patient.
Dr. Ivan Chan is enthusiastic about dentistry and his patients' oral health and is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care. He is a highly skilled dentist who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.
Dr. Chan has extensive training in general dentistry. He focuses on creating lasting smiles while attempting to prevent gum disease and cavities. He looks forward to assisting you with all your needs while assuring you that your trust is always in good hands, regardless of your needs!