James Rhea, DDS, & Michael Doherty, DDS,
Smile Transformation Specialists
Trusted and affordable dentistry
for the entire family.
WHAT IS BONDING?
Bonding is the application of a composite resin to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored tooth. The resin is made to match the color of your tooth. Bonding can be done in a single visit. The procedure is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth.
Bonding is the simplest and least expensive of our cosmetic dental procedures. The composite resin can be molded and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Bonding is also used to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. We also use bonding to close gaps between teeth, make teeth look longer or change the shape and color of your teeth.
Bonding can also be used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.
No preparation is needed for bonding. Anesthesia often is not necessary, unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. It is fast and easy!
First, we select the composite resin color that will closely match the color of your tooth.
Then, we will slightly etch the surface of the tooth to roughen it. The tooth will be coated with a conditioner, which helps the bonding material attach to it.
After we prepare the tooth, we apply the tooth-colored resin. The resin is shaped and smoothed onto the tooth. The material is then hardened with our high-tech diode laser.
After the bonding material hardens, we further trim and shape it. Lastly, we polish the material until it matches the shade of the tooth’s surface.
It usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete the procedure. If you’re having more than one tooth done, you may need more than one visit.
ADVANTAGES OF BRENTWOOD FAMILY DENTISTRY
Are your teeth unevenly spaced, misaligned, or crowded together? Are they ground down, chipped, or cracked? If so, we can restore your teeth to their natural beauty instantly with cosmetic dental bonding. This popular form of smile enhancement is extremely conservative, removing only a minimal amount of tooth structure, and yet it produces amazing results. We are experts in the bonding process. Dr. Rhea and Dr. Doherty have over 60 years of combined experience in cosmetic and restorative bonding. We treat you individually, according to your own unique situation. Of course, prevention is the best option! Visiting our office on a regular basis helps to keep your teeth in the best possible condition! We pride ourselves on respecting your time, and will work within your budget. Your comfort and safety are our primary concern. We will make your teeth healthy, natural looking and beautiful again!
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to improve your smile
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What People are Saying
"Highly Recommend. Extremely friendly staff all around which makes going to the dentist a little better. Doctor Doherty is a great dentist and goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable. Excellent work and excellent prices."
"Always a great experience with Dr. Rhea! He is very thoughtful and always takes great care of me and my four children. Dr. Doherty is wonderful too. I’ve just had more experience with Dr. Rhea."
“High Quality Care”
"My experience at this dental office is always pleasant. The office staff and doctors are very friendly. They are always on time and do a great job caring for my teeth."
Susan M C.
"Courteous & Friendly"
"Dr. Rhea and all of the staff are very courteous and friendly. I have been going to Dr. Rhea for a few years now and have always been treated well, very professional."