Natural-Looking Tooth Repair
Do you have a damaged tooth that’s holding your smile back? If you do, we have good news for you. Dental bonding is a method of tooth repair that can return that beautiful smile to your face. It looks completely natural, so you won’t have to worry about a thing.
How Does Bonding Work?
Bonding is a simple process that often doesn’t even require anesthesia. Unless you’re having a cavity filled or your tooth requires reshaping, the procedure won’t be painful. In those cases, Dr. Lavi will make sure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure.
To begin the bonding process, Dr. Lavi will prepare the surface of your tooth and apply a conditioning liquid to help the material bond properly. The resin is applied, then hardened using a bright light or laser. Dr. Lavi will make sure the resin looks and feels natural for you.
Are You a Candidate?
You may consider dental bonding for:
- A cavity on a front tooth
- Chips or cracks on your teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Closing small gaps between teeth
- Helping the shape of your teeth
If you believe dental bonding could help you love your smile, let us know by calling (818) 980-8472 or (213) 623-2212. We’ll be happy to talk to you about your options and schedule a consultation for you with Dr. Lavi. We feature two locations for your convenience — our Studio City practice draws from neighboring areas such as Sherman Oaks and Hollywood, while our L.A. practice is near the Staples Center in the heart of downtown.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is dental bonding permanent?
Dental bonding can last for as long as 10 years if it’s cared for properly. The material is strong, but it does require proper oral hygiene to last. It doesn’t require any special care, though. All you need to do is brush twice daily, floss every day, and visit Dr. Lavi for regular appointments.
The bonding will eventually wear out, but keeping up good habits can prevent this from occurring too often. Avoiding harmful habits such as chewing on ice or using your teeth to open things can keep your teeth from being at risk.
Does dental bonding hurt?
Dental bonding itself usually doesn’t hurt and most people don’t require any anesthesia. If you’re having a cavity treated or your tooth requires some preparation, Dr. Lavi will make sure you’re taken care of so you won’t be in pain.
The bonding procedure is simple and noninvasive. All Dr. Lavi has to do is apply the material to your teeth, then harden and shape it. Then, you’ll be able to enjoy your beautiful smile.
Can dental bonding be whitened?
The material used for dental bonding is resistant to staining, but that also means it’s resistant to whitening treatments. The bonding will be matched to the color of your teeth, so if you want to whiten your teeth, we recommend doing so before getting bonding.
Over time, your bonding may not match the color of your teeth anymore. In that case, we can easily replace the bonding or whiten your teeth so they match again.
Does bonding ruin your teeth?
No, bonding doesn’t ruin your teeth. In fact, bonding can protect vulnerable areas of your teeth. That’s why it’s often used to seal the hole from a cavity treatment — bonding can prevent bacteria from harming the area and provide a seamless appearance.
Bonding can also cover small chips and cracks, strengthening the area so the damage is less likely to affect your whole tooth. It can also be used to reshape a tooth to improve your bite, helping you chew easier and avoid jaw pain.