Types of Dental Bonding


Small chips, worn enamel, and discolorations can detract from your smile, but these minor flaws might not warrant a complete smile makeover. Dental bonding can be a good alternative. Dental bonding is a procedure that can be used to correct minor aesthetic flaws without the need for any extensive preparation or invasive treatments. our dentist in Santa Clara offers a variety of bonding options.

The most common bonding material is composite resin. This is the same material that is used for white fillings. It is a soft, easily moldable mixture of plastic and glass that is applied directly over the flaw and then shaped and polished to match the surface of the tooth. It is strong, durable, and closely matches the color of natural dental enamel.

Glass ionomer and polycarboxylate cement are also used for dental bonding. This type of bonding requires no etching or conditioning liquid. The material has a thick, paste-like consistency that allows it to be shaped easily, and bonds securely with the tooth.

Dental amalgam is also used for bonding. Amalgam is the same material used for silver fillings. This type of bonding is typically used in conjunction with resin. Amalgam is extremely durable and strong, but is less aesthetically pleasing than other types of bonding.

Call our expert in dental bonding in Santa Clara to schedule your appointment.

Dental Veneers Compared to Dental Bonding

two beautiful young girls in elegant dressesBonding has a variety of uses in dentistry. Made of a tooth-colored composite resin material that is placed on the tooth and hardened, it can be successfully used to whiten teeth, repair chips, fill in gaps, lengthen teeth or change their shape. Though it is versatile, it does have some drawbacks compared to the other options for treating these issues.

Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth. By hiding imperfections in teeth, they provide the same improvements as dental bonding. Certain characteristics of porcelain veneers, however, make them superior to dental bonding.

Dental bonding is quite porous, and can become stained or discolored over time from consuming things such as coffee, tea and red wine. Porcelain, on the other hand, is very stain resistant, so porcelain veneers will not become discolored due to the foods you eat. Any surface staining that porcelain does acquire can easily be removed during a professional cleaning.

Porcelain is stronger than dental bonding, so veneers are less susceptible to damage from eating certain foods. Porcelain veneers will typically last significantly longer than dental bonding.

To learn more about veneers and bonding and find out which is best for your situation, contact our Los Angeles dental veneer expert to schedule an appointment.

Dental Bonding and What It Does

Dental bonding is a very versatile cosmetic dental procedure that utilizes a resin-based material. It can be used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, close the gaps between teeth, reshape the teeth, and can even be used as a dental filling.

Dental bonding is often used instead of veneers or crowns because it is considered one of the least invasive cosmetic dental procedures available. Also, dental bonding can usually be done in one visit without the need for anesthesia. In order to prepare your tooth for bonding, our dentists in Los Angeles will need to make your tooth a little bit rougher in order for the bonding to properly adhere to the tooth. After it is made rougher, a conditioning liquid is then applied to the tooth. The dentist will then match the shade of the bonding to the shade of your natural teeth. When the bonding is applied, it is secured to the tooth with the use of an ultraviolet light. It can last up to ten years in some cases.

If you have minor imperfections in your teeth that you would like to be filled in, contact our expert in dental bonding in Los Angeles to set up a consultation.

Use of Bonding for Dental Restorations

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Dental bonding is used in several different procedures to restore teeth that have been structurally damaged or defaced. Composite resin, or the material used in bonding, is insoluble in water and can last for many years with proper care. Looking at the applications for bonding in dentistry will illustrate the value of this technique.

Bonding for Fillings

Although mercury amalgam fillings are still common, more patients are choosing the aesthetically pleasing tooth-colored fillings instead. The bonding material used in this new type of filling is resistant to expansion and contraction from temperature changes, while supporting tooth structure more dependably than metal fillings can.

Repair and Concealment

Bonding can be used to hold teeth together after they have been cracked or to fill in pieces of tooth structure that have broken off. In cases where tooth discoloration cannot be eliminated through whitening treatments, bonding may be recommended to conceal stains instead.

Bonding can also be used for its adhesive properties to attach inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers to teeth. The application of the etching material to teeth beforehand helps the bonding material stick reliably. At a consultation with our West Hollywood dentist, patients can learn more about how bonding is used to restore teeth.

How to Care for Teeth with Dental Bonding

Beautiful young woman smiling. Isolated over white  background.Dental bonding is one of the quickest and easiest procedures you can have performed. It can be used to make minor repairs to your teeth, including closing small gaps between teeth, concealing discolorations on the enamel, and filling in small cavities. Typically, our dentist in Agoura Hills can complete the procedure between 30 and 60 minutes, so many patients find they can fit it into their busy schedule. Following the bonding procedure, your dentist will give you instructions on how to take care of the bonding material. The bonding material can be customized to match the exact color of your teeth, so you do not have to worry about it standing out. It is possible that this material could stain, but you can clean it just like you would your natural teeth. You should brush and floss your teeth every day to remove stains and harmful bacteria that could lead to cavities. When properly maintained, dental bonding can last between five and seven years. You should continue to schedule regular dental exams with your dentist so that your teeth and restorations can be regularly looked at and cleaned. Talk to your dentist about your options since it may not be best for severe dental problems.