Chances are you’ve  felt uncomfortable smiling or talking to someone because one of your front teeth has a small defect or  gap. Maybe it broke while eating something hard. At Channel Island Family Dental we understand that accidents, genetic anatomy, and natural tooth wear and tear can affect your confidence. When it comes to teeth, the smallest defect will be noticeable, so the fastest and most affordable option is dental bonding.

As the body ages, so do our teeth. That little gap  we had as children becomes more evident. Did you know that brushing your teeth aggressively causes wear on the surface of the teeth, and now it is noticeable when you smile.

According to the  American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure commonly used to help cover and treat  common problems such as chipping, spacing or diastemas, misshapen teeth, excessive wear and tear, etc.


  • Chipped teeth: because of an accident or blow, a part of the affected teeth often break. This can ruin the aesthetics of your smile and embarrass you. With dental bonding, we can restore these teeth to their original shape.
  • Worn teeth: Teeth are regularly worn down through contact with other teeth and chewing food. This is normal and does not affect your smile. However, the real culprit of wear and tear is bruxism or teeth grinding at night, which can cause excessive wear and make the teeth appear much shorter.
  • Tooth Abrasion: Teeth showing wear from aggressive brushing can  appear more yellow, making the wear and wear noticeable. Using the same techniques as with chipped teeth can restore these teeth.
  • Spaced teeth: also known as diastemas, the spaces can be very large and noticeable, a bad facial appearance when smiling. Restoring these teeth using a composite bonding technique is among the best solutions.
  • Small gaps: Not all gaps need to be corrected with braces, especially if the space is small. But when these gaps seem like an esthetic defect, you may want a quick fix. For gaps between teeth, some dentists recommend Invisalign, or a similar product. Dental bonding will  fill the small space with a tooth-colored composite, making the treated tooth slightly larger.
  • Exposed root surfaces: receding gums become contracted due to disease or poor hygiene. The exposed root surfaces may react to hot and cold foods, causing hypersensitivity. A composite resin bonded to exposed root surfaces will prevent this condition.


Dental bonding is strong and durable. The wear rate is very similar to that of enamel, making them one of the most sought-after types of dental restoration. The adhesive system involves the application of a tooth-colored resinous material,  approved by the  American Dental Association. Proper techniques will make it difficult to distinguish bonding from the natural enamel.

Dental bonding has multiple restorative purposes, making it  useful for minor restorations. It will also strengthen the tooth structure.The bonding procedure is very simple and can be completed in as little as one visit with our dentists in Oxnard, Santa Paula, Ventura, and Port Hueneme.


Dental bonding is the least expensive and simplest procedure as compared to veneers or crowns when you want to improve your smile. Since it is almost always a cosmetic procedure, there is little to no pain. As a rule, no anesthesia is administered to the patient. Your dentist will choose the color of resin that matches  your teeth. The procedure takes about half an hour to an hour per tooth, depending upon the complexity.

If your dentist or our dentists in Oxnard, Santa Paula, Ventura, and Port Hueneme determine that bonding is for you, they will proceed to thoroughly clean the surface of the teeth needing  treatment. The resin used for dental bonding must match the exact color of your tooth enamel. The resin is applied to the tooth and manipulated  into the proper shape. It will then be hardened with ultraviolet light. This process will be repeated until the contour and shape of the tooth are properly restored. The resin is then polished and smoothed to blend in with the rest of the teeth.


Not everyone is a candidate for dental bonding. Very large gaps, significant fractures, or severely worn teeth may require additional treatment such as brackets, crowns, veneers, or implants. Of note,  it is a durable treatment, bonding is not as durable as veneers or crowns. Maintenance is needed at least twice a year since bonded teeth are not very resistant to stains. This can be avoided with regular polishing.

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If you have any questions about this or other topics, you can contact us at Channel Island Family Dental as well as our Facebook page. We look forward to your visit and will make a timely diagnosis. Our dentists in Oxnard, Santa Paula, Ventura, Newbury Park, and Port Hueneme will be able to guide you towards the best treatment to take care of your health and return your best smile.

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