Cosmetic Bonding

Rudell Gary S. Jacinto, DMD -  - Family Dentist

Rudell Gary S. Jacinto, DMD

Family Dentist located in Miracle Mile, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Rudell Jacinto helps patients in and around Hancock Park, Miracle Mile and the Greater Los Angeles, CA, region correct aesthetic defects with cosmetic bonding, designed to cover deep stains, cracks, chips and other issues in just one office visit. Dr. Jacinto's office is conveniently located near Central LA, Wilshire Center, Koreatown, Oakwood, Melrose, Farifax, La Brea, Beverly Grove, Little Ethiopia, Dockweiler, Vineyard, Mid-Wilshire, Faircrest Heights, and Mid City.

Cosmetic Bonding Q & A

by Rudell Gary S. Jacinto, DMD

What is cosmetic bonding?

Cosmetic bonding uses special composite resins to address cosmetic issues like cracks, pits and deep discolorations. The resins are applied to the front surfaces of teeth, and they can be tinted and shaped so they look completely natural. Bonding can also be used to close gaps between teeth and to correct issues affecting the shape of a tooth. Cosmetic bonding is a less costly alternative to veneers, and it's often preferred to crowns, which are bulkier and require removal of more tooth material in order to be properly fit.

What happens during a cosmetic bonding appointment?

Prior to application of the resin, the tooth surface must be treated with a special etching solution to enable the bonding material to adhere better. Etching solutions “roughen” the tooth surface to make it easier for the bonding agent to “hold on” to the tooth surface. Once the surface of the tooth has been prepared, the pre-tinted resin will be applied to the tooth and gently and expertly shaped so it looks completely natural and blends with the neighboring teeth. Next, a curing light can be used to help harden the resin and improve adherence to the tooth surface. A final buffing and polishing will help ensure your restoration looks and feels great.

How long does bonding last?

The resins used in cosmetic bonding are very durable and designed to last for many years with proper care, including routine six-month dental checkups to ensure the bond stays in good shape. Touch-up treatments may also be used to keep cosmetic bonding restorations looking their best. Although the resins are stain-resistant, they may develop stains over time, just like your natural teeth, so rinsing your mouth after consuming red wine, coffee or other foods or beverage known to stain can help them look their best longer.