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Dental Bonding in Arcadia

Dental Bonding Treatment Options

Direct Composite Bonding

Direct composite bonding is the most common type of dental bonding, usually recommended for people with minor dental imperfections and/or mild decay. The process first involves cleaning the patient's affected teeth and then removing cavities or irregularities of the tooth. A mild etching agentis applied, and then a composite resin material is bonded, sequentially inlayers, to the affected regions of your tooth.

Indirect Composite Bonding

In some cases, dentists may recommend indirect composite bonding for patients seeking a cost-effective alternative to porcelain. Teeth with moderate/severe fractures or decay will benefit from a lab-fabricatedrestoration that is later bonded by the dentist onto your tooth.  

Indirect Porcelain Bonding

In cases of extensive decay or fracture, teeth may require stronger porcelain materials to cover a portion or the entirety of a tooth. Conservative preparation of the tooth is performed, and a digital impression is taken of the tooth. A dental lab will fabricate a beautiful porcelain restoration, and yourdentist will bond this restore your tooth and make it look good as new!  

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Direct dental bonding is an affordable cosmetic dental procedure for addressing small chips, cracks, and stains on the teeth. It can also be used to close diastemas (or gaps) between the teeth or restore the shape of congenitally smaller teeth! It involves applying a composite resin paste that resembles your tooth's color to the affected area. This composite paste covers imperfections and is later hardened and secured to the tooth permanently, resulting in a beautiful smile. It’s an affordable and minimally invasive procedure for minor dental imperfections.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bonding?

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Natural-Looking Result

Our Arcadia dentist takes care to ensure the composite material he uses for your dental bonding matches your tooth’s natural color. The result is a pleasant and naturally-looking smile, with bonded teeth that blend seamlessly with the rest of the teeth. Direct dental bonding can be used to fix chips in your teeth or surface irregularities. It can also be used to close diastemas (or gaps) between the teeth or restore the shape of congenitally smaller teeth!

Minimally Invasive

Unlike other cosmetic dental treatments, dental bonding is minimally invasive. Minimal to no preparation of the tooth is performed. A mild etching agent on the teeth is applied to create a surface that will allow the composite resin material to adhere better to the tooth.

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Composite dental bonding is relatively inexpensive, especially compared to other cosmetic dental treatments (involving porcelain restorations). It is a cost-effective way to restore natural teeth back to health and can greatly improve the aesthetics of your smile, especially in areas of the front teeth visible in your smile.

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Initial Assessment and Treatment Plan


After scheduling an appointment with Dr. Lee, he’ll examine your teeth to check the extent of the misalignment. Please note, clear aligners are only suitable for mild and moderate malocclusion. If you qualify, our Arcadia dentist will create a treatment plan detailing the steps, equipment, and medication necessary for the procedure.

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3D Scanning and Fabrication of Aligners


Next, Dr. Lee will utilize 3D scanning technology to create a 3D model of your teeth. He’ll then show you the 3D render of your teeth on a screen and show how the aligners will straighten them. Afterward, he’ll send the renders to a lab to manufacture your custom clear aligners.

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Receiving and Wearing the Aligners


After a few weeks, the aligners will arrive from the lab, and you can receive them. But before you can take them home, Dr. Lee will instruct you on how and when to wear them and give you tips for cleaning them. All that’s left is to wear the aligners as per the instructions, and your teeth should straighten within a few months.

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How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

Dental bonding lasts three to ten years, depending on several factors. It majorly depends on your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits. Proper oral hygiene ensures longevity of the bonded teeth, while the opposite is true for improper oral hygiene. Habits like smoking and excessive drinking reduce the lifespan of bonded teeth.

Can You Whiten Dental Bonding?

No, you cannot whiten dental bonding like you would natural teeth. That’s because the composite resin material used for dental bonding is resistant to teeth-whitening bleaching agents. However, you can always whiten your bonded teeth and then retouch the bonded region with white composite material to eliminate tooth discoloration on your bonded teeth. If you have any questions about your situation in particular, contact our Arcadia cosmetic dentist!

Change your smile, change your life.

Change your smile, change your life.
Change your smile, change your life.