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No one has perfect teeth, especially as we age. Just about everyone has one issue or another with their smile. As we get older, dental hygiene and previous injuries or accidents can affect how our teeth look and function. But don’t worry: there are several dental procedures that can improve all of that. One of those solutions is dental bonding in Studio City. It’s an alternative to more costly veneers, plus it’s quicker to apply.
During your bonding appointment, your dentist will apply a composite resin to the surface of your tooth in a shade that’s the best match possible. The goal is to have that tooth blend in seamlessly with the other teeth. Before this, though, the dentist will roughen the enamel to get it ready for treatment. This makes it easier for the resin to grab onto. The dentist will then cure the material with a special light to help it dry quickly. After hardening, the dentist will polish the material. That’s it! No need for anesthesia and it all takes place in one visit.
Many people are good candidates for dental bonding in Studio City, such as those who have chipped teeth, those who have one tooth smaller than the rest, or those who have one extremely discolored tooth. In other instances, bonding is used to replace a filling.
Bonding is certainly ideal for chipped, discolored or misshapen teeth, but it can also be used as a transitional treatment while a patient is waiting to undergo a procedure like veneers. Veneers are similar, but are comprised of thin layers of porcelain applied to the front of the tooth. Although veneers are more expensive, they generally keep stains at bay better than bonding. Plus, they’re more durable.
You would care for your bonded teeth just as you would natural teeth. Stay away from foods and beverages that can stain the bonding, such as coffee, wine, blueberries and tea. Brush with a whitening toothpaste at least twice a day and floss every night or after meals.
Resist the temptation to bite your nails, suck on hard candies or chew on ice. This is because bonding can easily break and chip if you’re not careful. If you play sports, be sure to wear a mouthguard.
In a nutshell, bonding is an affordable, long-lasting way to enhance the appearance of your smile.
To determine if you are a good candidate for bonding, call Studio City Dental today at 818-762-2977 for a consultation. We look forward to restoring your smile!