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19164500Tooth bonding, also called dental bonding, is an excellent cosmetic restorative technique used to correct small tooth defects, such as:

1. Fractures
2. Chips
3. Gaps between teeth
4. Discoloration
5. Poorly shaped teeth

Generally, tooth bonding corrects only one or two teeth, in comparison to a procedure such as a more comprehensive smile makeover.

Tooth Bonding and Cosmetic Dentistry

Because tooth bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure requiring a precise combination of skill and artistry, a highly trained cosmetic dentist like Dr. Brian Kar will provide the best results. The color of the bonding material must be precisely matched and blended with your natural tooth color. The tooth must be sculpted, finished, and polished for the most natural-looking, lustrous results. General dentists may understand the mechanics of tooth bonding, but only a skilled cosmetic dentist can ensure a beautiful appearance.

Veneer Bonding and Composite Bonding

With veneer bonding, Dr. Kar prepares the tooth surface by reducing the amount of enamel on the tooth, then matching the bonding material to the tooth color and structure. Next, the dental lab creates a porcelain veneer to match the tooth’s shape and color. Finally, the veneer is bonded to the tooth using dental cement.

Veneer bonding is resilient and will last five to ten years with proper care.

Composite bonding is done directly on the tooth’s surface, after surface enamel is reduced and weak acid is used to help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The composite resin is pre-matched to the natural tooth color, then applied, shaped, and polished.

A Great Smile to Last for Years

Composite or veneer tooth bonding materials are not as durable as your natural teeth. Don’t compromise your new tooth by biting your nails, chewing on the ends of pencils or chewing on hard objects like ice. Brush and floss daily. Avoid foods and beverages that tend to stain teeth. See your San Gabriel dentist regularly. These steps will ensure your bonded tooth lasts for years to come.