Cosmetic Bonding San Diego including Escondido, Poway and Rancho Bernardo

Chipped teeth, gaps, and stains may distort the beauty of your smile and mar your sophisticated image. Dr. Salami can change that by comfortably restoring and reshaping your smile. With cosmetic bonding, you will enjoy an attractive smile in no time at all.


Tooth bonding also called dental bonding or direct resin bonding is an outpatient procedure that’s used to repair cosmetic dental issues. Tooth bonding involves the application of a tooth-colored composite resin directly to the tooth surface, molding it to repair the damage and reshape the tooth, and then hardening it with a UV light or laser to ensure a strong bond to the tooth. Dental bonding is a safe, simple, and affordable way to correct cosmetic dental flaws and restore the radiance of your smile.

Cosmetic bonding costs between $300 and $600 per tooth

Dental bonding is a simple procedure that does not always require anesthesia
Restore your smile in a single dental visit

What is dental bonding used for?

The resin used in dental bonding is matched to the color of your teeth so that it provides a natural appearance that blends in with the rest of your teeth. This makes it the perfect solution for addressing a range of cosmetic dental issues, including:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Small teeth

Dental bonding is sometimes used to address sensitivity of the tooth root caused by receding gums. It can also be used as a cosmetic alternative to fillings.

Before and after cosmetic bonding

How long does dental bonding last?

Typically, dental bonding lasts between 3 and 10 years, depending on a number of factors, including:

  • Material used
  • Location of bonding treatment
  • Health and strength of the bonded tooth
  • Your chewing habits (do you grind your teeth, bite your nails, etc?)
  • Your oral hygiene routine

In order to maximize the longevity of your dental bonding, it’s important to brush your teeth twice daily, floss everyday, visit your dentist regularly, avoid chewing on ice or hard candy, and avoid using your teeth to open packages or beverage bottles.

Keep in mind that high staining foods and drinks could result in your dental bonding staining in a different color than your other teeth. Also, it’s important that you don’t whiten your teeth after your dental bonding procedure because the composite resin will not whiten in the same way as the rest of your teeth, and you could end up with teeth of different colors.


Porcelain veneers are another great solution for addressing cosmetic imperfections.  There are some significant differences, however. While dental bonding is done in a single visit, porcelain veneers require at least two visits.  Here’s a brief overview of some of the other ways the two procedures compare.





Dental bonding

More affordable initially but will need to be replaced more often

May darken over time More moldable to create custom tooth shape

3-10 years with proper care

Dental veneers

More pricey up front but can last up to 20 years

More stain resistant Reflects light more like natural teeth

10-20 years with proper care


The cost of composite bonding will be dependent on the materials used, the complexity of the treatment, the location of the dental practice, and other factors specific to each individual treatment. For example, a small chipped tooth bonding cost may be lower than the cost of closing a gap, as less resin material may be required.
In general, you can expect to pay in San Diego between $300 and $600 per tooth. Also, it’s important to note that unless your tooth bonding is done for medical purposes (to fill a cavity or protect an exposed tooth root, for example), tooth bonding is considered a cosmetic procedure and may not be covered by dental insurance.