Get a picture-perfect smile
with dental bonding
If you’re uncomfortable with your smile, you may feel self-conscious when smiling, laughing, speaking, or even eating around others. But Dodds Dental is here to help with cosmetic dentistry treatments like dental bonding.
With dental bonding, you can restore your smile, cover up issues like chips, uneven teeth, and stained teeth, and feel proud of your smile once again. Read on to learn more about this treatment, or contact us now to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dustin or Dr. Emily Dodds.
Understanding the basics
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses a soft, pliable “dental composite” to reshape and restore your tooth. This tooth-colored material is made of a blend of dental resin and crushed glass, and is identical to your natural enamel in appearance, shine, and color.
The process of dental bonding is quite simple. To begin the treatment, Dr. Emily or Dr. Dustin Dodds will apply a mild acid to your tooth to roughen it and prepare it for the bonding material.
Then, they will apply the dental bonding material directly to your tooth, shaping and sculpting it until it looks just like a natural part of your tooth.
Finally, a UV light is used to “activate” the resin, hardening the material. A final check will be done to ensure the tooth fits perfectly and doesn’t affect your bite, and then the procedure is over!
Dental bonding is completely non-invasive since it doesn’t require any removal of your natural enamel. That means no drilling or needles will be used in the procedure. It’s also more affordable than other cosmetic treatments like veneers, and it offers immediate results, since it can be done in just one appointment.
what should i do
if I chip a tooth?
If you chip a tooth in Long Beach, contact Dodds Dental right away to get an emergency same-day consultation at our office. Dr. Emily or Dr. Dustin Dodds will need to examine your tooth to determine the best way to fix it.
If your tooth has a minor chip that is only affecting the outer layer of enamel, dental bonding may be a good way to reshape and restore it. But if the damage is deeper and affects multiple layers of your tooth, a dental crown may be a better option for protecting and restoring your tooth.
How long does bonding last?
is dental bonding permanent?
Dental bonding is not totally permanent, but it is very long-lasting. On average, you can expect your newly-bonded tooth to last between 5-7 years, but it’s possible for bonding to last 10 years or longer in some cases.
To make sure that your bonding lasts as long as possible, you need to continue to brush and floss your teeth properly, and you should also see Dr. Dustin or Dr. Emily Dodds for a teeth cleaning and oral exam every six months.
In addition to this, you should make a few changes to your lifestyle to avoid damaging your bonded teeth. You should stop chewing non-food objects like fingernails, pencils, and pens, and you should not use your teeth as “tools” to open packages, tear tape, or for other such purposes. It’s also a good idea to chew very hard foods like almonds and popcorn kernels with your rear teeth, rather than your front teeth.
Get the care you need
Contact Dodds Dental
At Dodds Dental, Dr. Emily and Dr. Dustin Dodds are always here to help you get the dental care you need in Long Beach. If you suspect you have a cavity and need a filling, just call us at (562) 439-0754 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.