All About Cosmetic Dental Bonding

All About Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Cosmetic dentistry is well-known for services such as teeth whitening, but did you know that some cosmetic services, such as dental bonding, can repair a tooth while enhancing its appearance? 

Dental bonding is one of the many cosmetic services we provide at Dentistry in Paradise in Santa Barbara, California, but not everyone knows the many benefits of bonding. Here, Kevin Miller, DDS, highlights everything you need to know about cosmetic dental bonding.

Who needs cosmetic dental bonding?

Chipping a tooth is easier than you might think, and even everyday activities can result in a chipped tooth. You can crack a tooth while you’re sipping from a glass bottle, chewing ice cubes (which you shouldn’t do!), or even eating crunchy food like corn nuts. If you struggle with bruxism, you’re more at risk of chipping a tooth due to chronic jaw clenching and teeth grinding. 

But regardless of whether you chipped a tooth skateboarding, biting into a sandwich, or chomping your teeth while you sleep, cosmetic dental bonding can repair your tooth and prevent additional damage, such as lip or tongue lacerations from jagged tooth edges. 

Cosmetic dental bonding can:

If your tooth is severely decayed or if a molar is cracked, you may benefit from a dental crown instead.

The bottom line is that cosmetic dental bonding is a versatile treatment that repairs minor chips and reshapes your tooth to help you reach your aesthetic goals.

Facts about dental bonding

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that uses composite resin 一 the same material used in composite resin (or “white”) fillings 一 to re-shape your anterior (front) teeth. 

The material

Composite resin is tooth-colored, so the bonding material blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth. This polymer-based material can be color-matched with your teeth. 

The process

Dental bonding is a procedure that typically requires only one appointment. While the dental bonding process may vary a bit depending on your specific needs and whether you need any other procedures at the same time, the process follows a similar structure. Once Dr. Miller evaluates your needs and determines that bonding is right for you:

Composite resin 一 whether you’re receiving a filling or dental bonding 一 is cured with a UV light. Your tooth may undergo additional molding, shaping, and smoothing until your desired look is achieved.


Bonding doesn’t necessarily require local anesthetic unless you chipped a tooth near a nerve or if you’re receiving a filling. Rest assured, your comfort is always our priority. If you have concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Caring for dental bonding

Dental bonding doesn’t resist stains as well as crowns, but you can care for your restoration by brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride. If you indulge in stain-causing foods, be sure to rinse your mouth afterward and brush your teeth when you’re able.

Whether you want to hide a chip or enhance the shape of your tooth, give us a call to find out if cosmetic dental bonding is right for you. You can book an appointment at Dentistry in Paradise online or by calling 805-967-0272.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Signs and Treatment

Chances are high that you know someone who’s had their wisdom teeth removed, but how do you know if you need yours removed, too? In this blog, we explain what impacted wisdom teeth are, the top signs of trouble, and how we approach treatment.

5 Potential Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss — but there are many warning signs of periodontal disease before you reach tooth loss. Learn about the five potential signs of gum disease that warrant a trip to the dentist’s office.

The Benefits of All-on-4® Implants

Replacing missing teeth helps you eat, speak, and smile confidently. But when you need a full set of teeth, are All-on-4® implants or dentures right for you? Read on to learn about the many advantages of choosing implants over traditional dentures.

Fix Your Missing Tooth With a Dental Crown

A missing tooth can make it more difficult to eat, speak, or smile with confidence. If you’re ready to replace a missing tooth, a dental crown can help restore functionality and aesthetics. Explore two ways crowns can fix a missing tooth here.

Veneers: A Simple Solution to Many Smile Flaws

Veneers deliver brilliantly white teeth, but stained teeth is just one of the many smile flaws veneers can correct. Learn about the simplicity and convenience of this cosmetic dentistry service and why you might want veneers to fix your smile flaws.