Bonding

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The Smile Artists

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Culver City, CA

Whether you need a cavity filled or you’d simply like to improve the look of your smile, dental bonding may be the solution you need. At The Smile Artists in Culver City, California, the team of dentists offers expert dental bonding, which involves applying a natural looking composite material to a tooth, sculpting into shape, and then hardening and polishing it. To improve the look of your smile with dental bonding, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Bonding Q & A

What is dental bonding used for?

Dental bonding involves applying a natural looking composite material to your tooth, sculpting into shape, and then hardening and polishing it. It can be used for a variety of general and cosmetic conditions, such as:

  • Filling cavities
  • Improving the appearance of your teeth
  • Repairing decayed teeth
  • Repairing chips in teeth
  • Changing the shape or length of your teeth
  • Protecting exposed roots


If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, or if you simply need a sensitive spot on your tooth covered and protected, consult with your dentist to determine if bonding is your best option.

How does dental bonding work?

Bonding is a simple, in-office procedure that typically takes no longer than an hour. Before the bonding procedure, your dentist looks at the color of your teeth in order to match the tooth-colored bonding material as closely as possible. Your dentist roughens the surface of your tooth in order to create a surface that the bonding material will adhere to. Then, she applies a conditioning liquid.

Once the preparation stage is complete, she applies the bonding material to your tooth and shapes it to appear natural. She then uses a laser to harden the bonding material before polishing it.

Will I need to change my diet after a dental bonding procedure?

You won’t need to make any drastic changes to your diet, but you will need to be careful about chewing too hard or biting down on hard objects, such as pencils or ice. Such habits can chip the bonding material, causing you to return to The Smile Artists for additional corrective bonding.

If a part of the bonding material feels sharp, or if your bite doesn’t fit properly, you may have chipped the bonding material. Furthermore, you may also want to avoid stain-causing liquids, such as coffee and wine, since bonding materials can stain.

How long does the bonding material last?

If you brush and floss at least twice a day and visit The Smile Artists regularly for cleanings, the bonding material should last at 10 years. During your regular dental checkups, your dentist will make sure that the bonding material is staying in place and retaining its natural look.

To see if dental bonding can help your smile, book an appointment online or over the phone with The Smile Artists today.

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