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Dental Bonding Experienced Doctor

Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care

Cosmetic, Implant and General Dentistry located in Carlsbad, CA & Encinitas, CA

Minimal damage to your teeth doesn’t always compromise your oral health, but it can have an impact on your self-esteem. If you can’t stop focusing on your cracked or chipped tooth when you look in the mirror, Gary Braunstein, DDS, at Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care offers dental bonding as a repair option. To have a damaged tooth examined and bonded, call either office in Carlsbad or Encinitas, California, or book your appointment online today.

Dental Bonding Q & A

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a simple and inexpensive option to repair imperfect teeth. The team at Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care uses a plastic-like composite resin material to repair or shape your teeth without the need for impressions or imaging. 

Your bonding procedure only requires one quick visit to Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care after which you go home with minimal aftercare and no recovery time.

How can dental bonding improve my smile?

Dental bonding can correct many common smile imperfections. You can use it to:

  • Adjust the shape of your teeth
  • Lengthen your teeth
  • Repair cracks and chips
  • Fill in damage from tooth decay
  • Improve the appearance of a discolored tooth

Dental bonding isn’t typically medically necessary, but it can be used to fill small cavities. Since the material dries into a tooth-like color, most people won’t notice that you’ve had work done on your teeth. 

What is the dental bonding procedure like?

The bonding procedure is simple and usually takes less than one hour per tooth. First, your Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care dentist takes note of the color of your natural teeth to select the right shade for your bonding material. 

Then, your tooth is etched to roughen it and painted with a conditioning liquid to help the bonding stick.

Once your tooth is ready, your dentist molds the bonding material over the damage and smooths it to the shape of your tooth. Once it’s in place, it is dried with a strong ultraviolet light or laser. 

After the material hardens, your dentist shapes it a bit more and polishes it until it’s as shiny as your natural teeth. Once this is finished, you’re free to leave the office and go back to your day as usual.

How should I care for my bonded teeth?

Bonded teeth are particularly easy to stain, so you’ll need to take extra care of them for the first 48 hours after the procedure to keep them looking shiny and new. You should avoid pigmented foods and drinks like coffee and red wine and stop smoking during this time.

Bonding usually lasts for several years without maintenance, but the material is weaker than your natural teeth. Because of this, you should avoid chewing on hard objects like fingernails, ice cubes, and pencils to keep them intact. 

If the damage to your teeth is minimal or if you’re unsatisfied with their natural shape, call Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care or book your dental bonding appointment online today.