We are pleased to announce that our office is open! • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. * All patients will be required to wear face coverings to enter the office. • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed. • Every patient will have their temperature taken upon entering the office. If above 100 degrees, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment for the safety of our staff and other patients. • We want you to call the office or text when you arrive for your dental appointment. We will then call you when your room is ready so you go straight back to the chair. For the time being, we will not have a “waiting room”. • Following your appointment, we will do a “virtual” checkout by calling you to take any payments and/or schedule any follow up appointments. • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That means that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. If you already have a scheduled appointment we may need to reschedule to a future date to be able to follow the new guidelines. We appreciate your patience as we all work through this pandemic and resume back to business. Sincerely Dr. Belnap, Dr. Jergense and staff,

The Dental Bonding Procedure

July 6, 2016 — by tbelnap
Tags: Dental Bonding Cosmetic Dentistry

Beautiful, white teethIf you're unhappy with discolored, uneven, or misshaped teeth, you may be considering dental bonding treatment. Dental treatments, like dental bonding, can improve the appearance of flawed teeth and transform the smile. Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry choice because it can correct many dental issues in a single, painless dental appointment. Learn more about the dental bonding procedure in this overview from Penasquitos, CA dentists Tim Belnap and W. Brandon Jergensen. To find out if dental bonding is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Belnap or Dr. Jergensen.

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a dental treatment used to improve the appearance of the teeth, masking flaws like discoloration, irregular shape, and gaps between the teeth. Dental bonding treatment involves the use of a soft composite resin, matched to the color of the teeth or made a brighter shade of white, and shaped directly on the teeth.

The Dental Bonding Procedure

Dental bonding treatment is painless and fast, only taking about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. Little preparation is needed to complete dental bonding treatment and anesthesia is generally not necessary. Once the proper color of resin is determined, treatment can begin.

The surface of the tooth is prepared with a special liquid. This liquid makes the surface of the tooth rough, creating a secure bond between the tooth and resin. Once the tooth is prepared, the soft composite resin is directly applied and shaped on the tooth. When the desired shape and size is achieved, the resin is hardened, or cured, using an ultraviolet light or laser. During the final step, the newly bonded tooth is finely shaped and polished to match the luster of the surrounding teeth.

Candidates for Dental Bonding

Dental bonding can correct a number of dental flaws and imperfections, making it suitable for many patients. Those who wish to undergo dental bonding should have relatively healthy gums and teeth and experience one or more the following dental issues:

  • Yellowed, discolored teeth: The resin used in dental bonding treatment can be made a brighter shade of white to mask dental discoloration.
  • Minor cracks or chips: Small crack or chips can be repaired with dental bonding treatment.
  • Minor cavities: Dental bonding treatment may be used to restore teeth with minor dental cavities.
  • Irregularly shaped teeth: The appearance of misshaped, jagged, or pointed teeth can be corrected with dental bonding.
  • Undersized or oversized teeth: The proportions of teeth, such as those that are too small or large, can be adjusted with dental bonding.
  • Gaps between teeth: Dental bonding may also be used to close gaps between teeth.

Find Out if Dental Bonding Is Right for You

Don't let the appearance of your teeth make you feel self conscious about your smile. Dental bonding has given many people the smile of their dreams. To find out if dental bonding can do the same for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Drs. Belnap and Jergensen.