Dr. David Eshom wants all our patients achieve their most beautiful smiles, so we offer a number of cosmetic dentistry treatments to help you overcome any issues you have with your teeth. If you’d like to make improvements, but never thought you could afford cosmetic treatments—we would love to tell you about dental bonding.
With this versatile and affordable treatment, you can achieve very similar results to that of porcelain crowns or veneers, usually in just one office visit. If your teeth are generally healthy, but don’t look the way you’d like them to, you may be an excellent candidate for dental bonding.
To learn more about cosmetic bonding, call our San Diego California dental office today at 858-201-4475 for a consultation with Dr. Eshom.
What can bonding do?
Dental bonding can cover or repair many minor imperfections, such as stains that don’t respond to teeth whitening, dents, or chips. Bonding can also lengthen or widen certain teeth, effectively filling small gaps and creating a more even, uniform appearance. You may choose bonding for one or many teeth; during your consultation, Dr. Eshom will ask which aspects of your smile you would like to change, and suggest the most effective, conservative way to achieve the results you are looking for.
This minimally invasive procedure is a convenient solution to many of minor cosmetic dental problems; it is inexpensive, painless, and offers immediate results. Bonding can even make your teeth less prone to tooth decay, by smoothing away any irregular surfaces where plaque and bacteria are prone to accumulate.
How is dental bonding performed?
During the bonding procedure, composite resin is sculpted over each tooth to provide a brand new surface. The composite resin that will be used to resurface your teeth is the same substance we use for dental fillings. It is strong and durable. It is also tinted to match the natural color and translucency of your teeth, to blend with your other teeth. After the resin has been carefully applied to your tooth, a special curing light will permanently harden it. Dr. Eshom will smooth the edges to make sure the bonding feels comfortable in your mouth. Finally, the new surfaces will be polished and smoothed for a sensational finish.
Dental bonding can be combined with contouring, a procedure in which very small amounts of enamel are removed to alter the shape and outline of a tooth. Patients with pointed canines, for example, often choose to smooth away pointed edges with dental contouring. Together, bonding and contouring can take away from and add to your smile, until an ideal appearance in achieved.
Treat your bonded teeth like your natural teeth. Brush them twice a day, floss once, and visit our office every six months for dental cleanings and check-ups. Your new bonded teeth will look beautiful at first, but keep in mind that, just like natural enamel, composite resin can be stained by coffee, tea, tobacco products, and foods containing dark pigments. Natural enamel stains at a faster rate than bonding, so periodic whitening of non-bonded teeth will help keep your smile bright.
Bonding vs. Veneers
Veneers are stronger and more durable than bonding—but that does not necessarily make bonding a lesser choice. If you generally take good care of your teeth and don’t use them for anything other than eating, (i.e. opening bottles), bonding can give your smile a fresh new appearance that looks more even and balanced. Yes, porcelain veneers are stronger, but both can have a positive effect on your smile. Bonding also takes less time to complete than veneers and is available at a much lower cost.