A beautiful smile is worth a lot.
Investing in your smile (or smile makeover) is a great investment. Not only will flashing a beautiful, confident smile make you feel better about yourself, it’s also the most effective way to make a good first impression on others. Whether you're looking for your next job, your next gig, your next film role, or finding a life partner, investing in your smile is a great investment.
On the flip side, discolored, blemished, or chipped teeth can be a huge confidence killer. Conventional dental implants and prosthodontics are highly effective, but may not be necessary for many seeking minor dental enhancements. That’s where dental bonding which is a service provided by ArtLab Dentistry may come into play. Our dental bonding treatments are an affordable, minimally invasive alternative to complete tooth replacement procedures.
What is dental bonding?
The term dental bonding is often used interchangeably to refer to two separate bonding procedures: tooth bonding and veneer bonding. Typically, the term “dental bonding” is most often applied to the former, tooth bonding, while the latter are more commonly referred to as “dental veneers” or "porcelain veneers."
Tooth bonding is the process of applying tooth-colored resin to affected teeth to improve overall aesthetics including shape, size, and color. It is an affordable and efficient way to treat everything from chipped teeth to dental discoloration.
Veneer bonding is the process of applying an adhesive material that will chemically bond a synthetic shell, often porcelain, over the surface of affected teeth.
Remember, dental tooth bonding and veneers are two separate dental procedures that can each produce beautiful results and make an impact in your life.
When would I use dental bonding?
Tooth bonding employing dental resin is an affordable and highly effective treatment for cracked, chipped, fractured, decayed, damaged, discolored, dingy, misshapen or otherwise unattractive teeth. It is a useful tool for addressing a wide variety of common aesthetic concerns. It’s like medical-grade caulking for a sturdy wall - it won’t replace a completely missing tooth, but it will do wonders when it comes to repairing almost everything else.
How does dental tooth bonding work?
Each dental bonding procedure will vary somewhat in its application when it comes to shaping, color, and complexity depending on the client’s needs, desires, and circumstances. The goal is to produce beautiful, natural-looking results and to repair tooth damage. To that end, dental resin, a plastic material, is the substance of choice. Utilizing highly flexible and moldable dental resin allows the dentist to sculpt your teeth into the perfect shape and size accurately.
Resin can also be color-matched to existing teeth with near perfect parity. First, the dentist applies resin to the affected teeth. The resin is then sculpted to repair the damage at hand. Resin can also be used to fill in gaps, holes, and cracks or sculpted to lengthen short or chipped teeth. Like wet clay in the hands of an artisan, the uncured dental resin is molded, formed, scraped, and sculpted by a prosthodontist until the desired aesthetic results are achieved.
Once the shaping phase is complete, the resin is cured using a special UV light. The hardened resin is then buffed and polished to look just like natural teeth. In the hands of the right dental professional (preferably a prosthodontist), your teeth will result in a work of art and beauty.
Why dental tooth bonding?
Dental tooth bonding has three significant advantages over other procedures.
It is a relatively simple procedure, comparably noninvasive, economical, and can be completed in a single visit. For dental patients seeking a quick, effective, and cost-efficient repair for minor or localized damage to their teeth, dental tooth bonding is a great option.
4 Advantages of Dental Bonding
1. Dental bonding is instant.
Patients looking for a transformative solution that can be completely quickly, in a single visit, and with little fuss will find dental tooth bonding an effective treatment option. Many patients with damaged teeth who opt for dental bonding often leave our office with a brand new smile in a single visit.
2. Dental bonding is aesthetically appealing and natural looking.
Resin can be easily and more efficiently be sculpted into the perfect shape, color, and match the look and feel of your natural teeth once cured and polished.
3. Dental bonding is noninvasive.
Dental tooth bonding procedures involve no alterations to existing tooth structures. The treatment is additive in nature and is thus best suited for treating conditions such as chips, cracks, fractures, gaps, and other similar types of damage.
4. Dental bonding is economical.
Compared to more involved procedures, such as a complete tooth extraction and replacement with conventional dental implants, dental tooth bonding is considerably less costly based on the extent of damage, complexity of the solution, and a variety of other important factors.
What dental tooth bonding is NOT right for
Generally speaking both types of dental bonding, tooth bonding and veneer bonding, can only work when the affected tooth itself exists and can be salvaged. In cases of extreme tooth decay, advanced periodontal diseases, or edentulism, dental bonding will not be effective and is not recommended.
Instead, other treatments such as dental implants, or All-On-Four dental implants are a better choice. A full mouth reconstruction would be appropriate for extensive rehabilitation. If you want to know if dental bonding would work for you, contact ArtLab Dentistry in Woodland Hills, California at 818-465-5041 and request a consultation with Dr. Mamaly Reshad, a world-renowned prosthodontist serving the greater Los Angeles area and also known as the best Woodland Hills dentist.