Dental Bonding Overview
An accident can happen at any time. You could take a bad step, trip, and chip your tooth. It's also possible that a tooth can become discolored from an illness or medication. Board-certified dentists Drs. Alan and Yonatan Howard perform bonding and contouring to correct certain cosmetic flaws at their office in Encino, CA. A fast, effective treatment, bonding and contouring uses composite resin (also used for tooth-colored fillings) to cover discoloration, reduce gaps in your teeth, lengthen a tooth, and even improve a tooth's shape. For an effective treatment to enhance your teeth, make an appointment to get more information about bonding and contouring treatments at The Dental Office Encino.
"I’ve been coming here for years and have always had the best experience! Love everyone on their team! They’re always so professional and the office is always sparkling clean with the best tech. Would give 10 stars if it was an option!"- A.A. / Yelp / Aug 18, 2020
"I am so impressed by this office. I had a terrible tooth ache and the 2 offices I called before couldn't care less. When I called Dr. Howard's office, they were so caring and timely. When I came in for my appointment, I was blown away by the protocols they have in place during Covid. I felt so safe and comfortable in the office. Dr. Y took amazing care of me. He made me a ceramic crown in 1 hour, no temporary and no second visit. I couldn't even tell it wasn't my natural tooth. The technology is out of this world and to be honest, the price was very reasonable for the amazing finished product. I'm honestly excited to come back for my cleaning and regular check up. Thank you so much to the entire office for your hard work!"- D.B. / Google / Aug 19, 2020
"A bit of a background before i begin. :-) My experience with dental offices in general began when i was 5. Yep, 5 years old and already needing fillings. Place this child in a Soviet Russia and you will get a good idea why i have been traumatized by visits to a dentist and carried my anxiety throughout my whole life UNTIL i discovered Dr. Alan and Dr. Yoni’s office!! Words could not decribe my relief and excitement when after my first dental work with them i walked away WITHOUT a locked jaw! And each time some work was needed, there was no pain during or after! And everything was done so quickly and so efficiently! The equipment they have is the top of the line, so there is never a need to wait or to return for the second part of the procedure, everything is done right there and then! The entire team is efficient and knowledgeable! My only regret is that i haven’t found you guys sooner!!! I love how kind and attentive everyone is! I wish i was more verbose in describing how i truly feel about this gem of a dental office, but words fail me and all i can add is that my heart is overflowing with love and gratitude and i will be forever grateful for everything you guys do and the way you do it!"- A.S. / Yelp / Aug 17, 2020
"This is THE BEST OF THE BEST IN DENTISTRY!!! Actually I’m coming all the way from NY to fix my teeth here, because I know they will always do a GREAT JOB! I’m an actress/model and my smile is very important for my job!!! HIGLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE. And The team is AMAZING!!!"- A.K. / Yelp / Feb 03, 2021
"Grateful. I’ve had a bad experience at the dentist’s office when I was a child and that has made me very nervous as an adult patient. Dr. Alan Howard’s staff was extremely prompt, John at the front desk would text to get me on the calendar or always be available by phone, no long waits. I needed the dreaded root canal, they got me in promptly and Dr. Alan made feel comfortable prior to the procedure and during. I went back for a chipped front tooth and after years of not being proud of my previous "average" job I saw a WORLD of difference with the redone chip in my front tooth. I’m actually showing off my smile now. It wasn’t painful, or nerve wrecking, just a superior job I’m proud of with the correct matching of my natural tooth color which previously they had gotten wrong and I just didn’t know better. Wish I had found them years ago. Go see Dr. Alan, you won’t regret it."- S.Y. / Yelp / Dec 28, 2020
Best Candidates for Dental Bonding
Cosmetic bonding and contouring may treat cracks, gaps, chips, tooth length, discoloration, and other minor cosmetic flaws. Dental bonding and contouring is a more affordable cosmetic treatment and can often be completed in a single visit. It does not require preparations like crowns or veneers, but it is not as strong and generally does not last as many years. Dental bonding and contouring is good for small issues, but if you require bigger improvements, a different restorative or cosmetic treatment may be considered. At your appointment, Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard will listen to your goals and then discuss your treatment options.
What To Expect with Dental Bonding
Bonding and contouring is generally completed in a single appointment at our office in Encino, CA. You don't need anesthesia; however, sedation methods may be reviewed with Dr. Howard at your appointment for problems like anxiety or a strong gag reflex. As soon as you're comfortable, Dr. Howard will apply the bonding material to the needed teeth. The resin will be set and more layers can be added, as needed. After the layers of composite resin are done, Dr. Howard will shape and smooth the filling material and your natural enamel for a beautiful appearance.
Dental Bonding Recovery
After you've had bonding and contouring, it's important to not consume staining food and beverages (such as tobacco, coffee, and tea) for 48 hours. The composite resin can stain and chip, so do not bite hard objects like hard candy, pens, and fingernails, and clean your teeth right after eating. Bonded and contoured teeth need to be cared for like natural teeth with daily flossing and brushing. Bi-annual cleanings at The Dental Office Encino can help to polish away stains from the bonding material. With good care, bonding and contouring may last as long as ten years. At your dental examination, Dr. Howard can help you determine if your cosmetic bonding and contouring procedure should be done again to refresh your appearance.
Bonding and contouring is an aesthetic treatment, so it's usually not paid by your dental insurance. Our team can talk to your dental insurance company to double check if it is covered; however, you will probably need to pay for the cost of the treatment on your own. In your consultation with Dr. Howard, he will talk about your estimated costs and payment methods we accept at The Dental Office Encino.
Bonding and Contouring
Cosmetic bonding and contouring is a good treatment if you would like to correct your smile without the time and expense of other cosmetic options. Get more information about dental bonding and contouring during a consultation with Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard at their office in Encino, CA. Contact The Dental Office Encino to schedule an appointment and get an attractive smile.