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,

Achieve a Brighter Smile and Improved Confidence with Dental Bonding

There are several factors that can lead to chipped, cracked, discolored, or worn teeth, all of which result in diminished confidence and a hesitation to openly share your smile. Drs. Tim Belnap and W. Brandon Jergensen understand how important your smile is, and they offer dental bonding at their Ramona, CA, office. This quick, simple cosmetic procedure can fill small cracks and chips, close gaps, improve balance and symmetry, and provide an overall enhancement to your appearance.

Chipped front tooth before and after dental bonding

Dental Bonding Overview

Trauma, deeply colored foods and beverages, and other factors can all lead to damaged or discolored teeth. Dental bonding is both a cosmetic and restorative procedure that uses a composite resin to conceal damage or imperfections. If teeth whitening cannot sufficiently lighten your enamel, we may recommend bonding to mask the effects of coffee, tea, cigarettes, wine, and any other agent that causes discoloration. Some patients consider having their teeth whitened before receiving bonding for even more comprehensive effects.

The bonding material, which is the same used for tooth-colored fillings, is virtually indistinguishable from natural tooth enamel. The entire procedure can be completed in just one short visit to our office, and it can be used to treat one teeth or several. Bonding is considered one of the safest and most effective dental procedures to improve aesthetics, and Drs. Belnap and Jergensen are highly experienced with this technique. 

The Dental Bonding Procedure

During a private consultation at PQ Family Dental, you will discuss your treatment goals and we will examine your teeth. If you have any questions or concerns about dental bonding treatment, we can answer these at this time.

Dental bonding not only achieves an improved appearance, but it also can provide structural support when teeth break or chip.

If Dr. Belnap or Dr. Jergensen determine you are a good candidate for bonding, we will proceed with a dental cleaning. Next, your dentist will choose the proper shade of bonding material that most closely matches the color of your teeth. Once you have confirmed the shade, your tooth will be gently etched to provide a roughened surface for the bonding liquid. This liquid will help the bonding material adhere securely to your tooth. An ultraviolet light will then be applied to help layers of dental composite solidify. Once the desired effects have been achieved, your dentist will trim and polish the bonded tooth, and your bite will be examined to ensure a proper fit.

Treatment Benefits and Aftercare

Not only does dental bonding provide an improved appearance, but it also can provide structural support when teeth break or chip. It is among the least expensive cosmetic dental treatments, and it is proven to be safe and effective. Some other benefits of dental bonding include:

  • Quick way to boost your confidence
  • Carefully color-matched for seamless enhancement
  • Can be completed in one office visit
  • Made from durable materials that can last for years

Now that your smile has been upgraded, it is important to take good care of your bonded tooth or teeth. Continue to practice a meticulous hygiene regimen, including brushing twice-a-day and flossing daily. Avoid chewing ice, biting your fingernails, or opening packages with your teeth. It is also important to schedule regular cleanings and examinations every six months to maintain your overall oral health. 

Achieve a Bright, Beautiful Smile

If you are unhappy with your smile, contact PQ Family Dental today to schedule a bonding consultation with one of two highly qualified dentists. We want to improve not only the appearance of your smile, but the quality of your life.