Want straight teeth without ongoing work? Carol E. Follette DDS has the perfect solution: dental bonding. It’s affordable, reliable, and remedies virtually any cosmetic dental issue, including stained, broken, or chipped teeth.

What Is Dental Bonding?

There are four core steps involved in a typical dental bonding treatment:

  1. A tooth-colored composite material is applied to the tooth/teeth to be treated.
  2. The composite is sculpted until its shape matches that of the tooth.
  3. The composite is given time to harden.
  4. After hardening, the tooth is polished to ensure an attractive sheen and texture.


Given the integral role played by the composite material, you may have guessed that dental bonding derives its name from the fact that the material “bonds” to the tooth. In addition to the symptoms mentioned in the opening paragraph, dental bonding is also a desirable solution for closing small gaps, and it’s a safer/more appealing method of filling small cavities.

What Does The Procedure Entail?

A dental bonding procedure t is fast and painless. Here’s how you can expect things to go:


  1. The dentist applies a benign phosphoric acid to the affected teeth. This substance roughens the surface of the tooth, which ensures that the bonding material will adhere and remain in place.
  2. After the adherent is applied, the composite material (which resembles putty) is placed on the tooth, whereupon it’s sculpted and shaped so that it integrates seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
  3. The hardening process begins, during which a special light is used to expedite things.
  4. Once the bond is sufficiently hardened, the dentist polishes and buffs the tooth/bond until it’s indistinguishable from the real thing.

Benefits Of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding offers some terrific benefits, including:

  • A competitive cost, especially considering that most dental insurance plans cover most/all of the expense. This is especially true if the bonding is needed to fill a cavity, or as a structural reinforcement for a tooth/teeth.
  • Painlessness: unless you come to us for a dental bonding that is needed to fill a decayed tooth, anesthesia isn’t part of the process. Also, compared to crowns and veneers, there is very little enamel removal associated with dental bonding.
  • Aside from the rare exception, a standard dental bonding procedure necessitates just a single office visit. We recommend allowing 30 - 60 minutes per tooth.

Maintaining Your Dental Bonds

Despite dental bonding’s effectiveness, regular maintenance is vital. If not properly cared for, bonds are vulnerable to chipping and staining. The following three tips are especially helpful:

  • Avoid chewing on hard objects and biting your nails
  • Reduce red wine, tea, and coffee intake
  • Quit smoking


For Dental Bonds, Choose Carol E. Follette DDS

Carol E. Follette DDS and her team are highly regarded for their professionalism, friendliness, and expertise in a wide range of dental procedures. Whether you want dental bonding from a leading cosmetic dentist serving Santa Monica, or are seeking a trusted family dentist, we invite you to visit our office for a tour today.




Many adults live with crooked or crowded teeth because they believe the only alternative is years of traditional orthodontic treatment with metal braces. However, today you don’t have to endure years of life with uncomfortable braces to get back the smile you were born to have.

Patients who want to straighten teeth will be pleased to know that the Santa Monica cosmetic dentist offers the option of using Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign adult orthodontics is an effective, efficient alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign clear braces offer a more comfortable and virtually invisible method for gently straightening your teeth.

3 Reasons to Consider Invisalign

  • Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are made of a soft, flexible material, so they’re much less likely to create any irritation to your mouth.
  • Discreet: Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. The casual observer will not notice any difference when you’re wearing your aligner.
  • Removable: You can remove your aligners when you eat, brush your teeth, or any other time that it’s necessary.

The Invisalign Process

The Novato cosmetic dentist starts by taking impressions, images, and x-rays of your mouth. A specialized software program allows us to develop your entire treatment plan and predict how your teeth will move, from start to finish.
We send the information to a lab where several sets of clear aligners are customized to straighten your smile.

We will instruct you to wear each set for about two weeks, then move on to the next in the series that has been carefully crafted to shift your teeth gently to the next stage in the straightening process. You will make visits to your cosmetic dentist about every six weeks so we can check on your progress.

Problems Invisalign Corrects

Invisalign aligners correct nearly any alignment issue you may have with your teeth. Our dentists will help you choose the appropriate Invisalign system to correct issues like the following:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbites/Underbite
  • Overcrowding
  • Spaces/gaps in teeth

Please Call Our Office to Learn More

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is a perfect choice that fits your busy lifestyle while providing the straight, beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. Please contact our Santa Monica cosmetic dentist for more information and to start your Invisalign treatment!


For Dr. Carol E. Follette DDS and her team, a big area of focus is helping patients get the smile of their dreams. As a leading cosmetic dentist serving Southern California, Dr. Follette’s expertise in this area is well-known. What might not be as widely known are the following five ways that you can personally contribute to a better smile.

Patience Pays Off

After a meal, or subsequent to drinking an acidic beverage like orange juice or coffee, many people brush their teeth in order to avoid staining. This is a smart move, but what most people don’t know is that waiting 30 - 60 minutes before brushing is better than picking up your toothbrush right away. It may sound strange, but the fact is that brushing immediately actually facilitates enamel erosion and can lead to dentin exposure, which make the teeth look more yellow.

Use a Straw

Straws are fun to drink with, especially if you’re a kid – and they’re also handy for keeping that scintillating smile of yours. When you drink through a straw and position it near the back of your mouth, you reduce the amount of time that the liquid is in contact with your teeth. The less time a beverage is in your mouth, the better your chances of avoiding stained teeth, cavities, and tooth decay. If you have environmental concerns, we recommend opting for a reusable straw rather than a plastic one.

Rinse With Water

Water offers our bodies countless benefits, and that includes our teeth. Water offers superb protection against enamel erosion and tooth decay, which is why it’s a great idea to rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking – especially if the food/beverage is sugary or acidic. Moreover, rinsing/drinking water is a great way to keep your teeth from staining after you consume a colored beverage.

Brush The Right Way

Regular flossing and brushing is key for keeping teeth looking good – but if you’re not brushing the right way, a lot of your hard work will be undone. Proper brushing means keeping your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle when you’re brushing near your gum line. Maintaining this angle allows you to massage/clean your teeth and your gum line simultaneously. Also, don’t forget about the backside of your teeth. This is an area that’s oft overlooked but one that if ignored can see a buildup of plaque, tartar, and other decay-friendly substances. And of course, as weird as it may feel, be sure to brush your tongue. Doing so gets rid of the bacteria that causes bad breath and contributes to enamel erosion.

Choose “Teeth-Friendly” Foods

If you like to drink coffee and enjoy the occasional sugary treat, that’s ok – as long as you’re also getting a healthy dose of “teeth-friendly” foods. These include raw vegetables like celery and carrots, and fruits such as apples and pears. Not only are these foods healthy, they are also possess a firm, crisp texture that naturally cleans your teeth. Another food that falls into the category is popcorn, though it’s a good idea to rinse afterwards so that smaller particles don’t linger between your teeth.

Schedule an Appointment

Wherever you live in Southern California – Malibu, Marina Del Rey, or Pacific Palisades – trust Dr. Follette to take exceptional care of your mouth. A great smile depends on expert techniques, and our services include teeth whitening, laser periodontics, veneers, and more. Contact us today and make an appointment.