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By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
June 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

Tooth PainIn the past, a toothache often meant that the tooth would need to be removed; however, thanks to modern dentistry, most of the time the tooth can be saved. Of course, there are instances in which getting a tooth extraction is actually not only recommended but actually better for the health of your smile in the long run. Here are the most common reasons our Washington DC cosmetic dentist Dr. Leslie Bonner performs a tooth extraction.


Impacted teeth are teeth that are unable to grow in properly, partially emerging through the gums. This commonly happens with wisdom teeth, the third set of molars that usually develop around your teen years or early twenties. Impacted teeth are a problem because they leave a hole in your gums that can allow bacteria to enter.

To reduce your risk for infection, damage to surrounding teeth and other problems, our Washington DC dentist will often recommend having the impacted wisdom teeth removed.


If a patient is dealing with severe crowding and is planning to get braces, your dentist may recommend having one or two teeth removed prior to treatment to give your teeth enough room to shift around.

While braces are extremely effective at fixing crooked, misaligned smiles, if you are dealing with significant crowding then removing one or two teeth beforehand could make your treatment faster and more effective.

Dental Damage

While a broken or decayed tooth can easily be treated without needing to be removed, there are some instances in which damage can be severe enough that the only option is to extract the tooth.

This occurs when there is so much decay that none of the tooth’s structure is viable. If your tooth is severely broken or the crack has managed to develop below the gum line then the tooth will also need to be pulled and replaced.


One of the most common causes of tooth loss for adults is gum disease. If gum disease isn’t treated it will continue to create pockets of bacteria that will pull the gums away from the teeth. Over time, this leads to loose teeth and tooth loss.

If you are wondering whether your teen’s wisdom teeth will need to come out this is something that can be monitored during their six-month checkup. Of course, feel free to schedule an appointment or consultation with our dentist at The Bonner Dental Network in Washington DC to learn more about the dental services we offer.

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
April 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you close your mouth the instant you see a camera? Dental imperfections, gaps, and even dull teeth can make you feel so self-Teeth-Whiteningconscious about your appearance that you practically give up smiling. Luckily, your Washington, DC, dentist, Dr. Leslie Bonner of The Bonner Dental Network, offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures and services that can enhance your smile!


Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening removes stains that dull your tooth enamel. Professional whiteners used by dentists are stronger than those you'll find in drugstore products, and they can safely whiten your teeth as much as three to eight shades in just one hour. Professional whitening agents contain hydrogen peroxide, a natural substance that breaks apart and removes stains that collect deep inside your tooth enamel.


Dental implants

Implants offer the latest and most reliable way to restore missing teeth. Dental implants are small titanium posts placed in the jawbone. They're designed to replace your natural roots and bond to your jawbone in just a few months. After your implants have bonded completely, your Washington dentist will add dental crowns to the top of the crowns to complete the restoration of your teeth.



Veneers offer an excellent solution for many types of dental flaws. The thin porcelain or plastic shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement to hide a variety of imperfections. They conceal chips and cracks, cover gaps, hide discolorations, and improve the shape and length of teeth. Veneers are available in many shades of white to brighten your smile!



Offering an alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign uses clear, removable aligner trays to gradually re-position teeth in a discreet fashion. During treatment, you will place a new set of aligners on your teeth approximately every two weeks. Invisalign straightens teeth and corrects mild to moderate bite problems in some older teens and adults. Aligners are designed with your convenience in mind—since you'll remove them to eat, brush, and floss, you won't need to make any changes to your usual routine!

Transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry procedures! Call your Washington, DC, dentist, Dr. Leslie Bonner of The Bonner Dental Network, at (202) 249-9131 to schedule an appointment today!

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
February 28, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

If you're missing a permanent tooth, or perhaps more than one, you've probably changed the way you interact with people and smile for implantpictures to disguise the spaces that these missing teeth have left. A damaged, incomplete smile can chip away at your self-esteem, not to mention your overall dental health. But smiling can become a natural part of your life again with dental implants, proudly offered by your dentist in Washington, DC, Dr. Leslie Bonner. Read on to learn how Dr. Bonner and his team have the skills and experience to make your smile whole again with dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants start as a tiny screw-like piece of high-quality, hypoallergenic metal that your Washington DC dentist will place in the space where your missing tooth once resided. This is a quick and relatively easy dental procedure. Your jawbone will naturally begin to grow around the metal post, stabilizing it over a period of several months. Once the post completely integrated, Dr. Bonner will attach another metal piece called an abutment, which will hold the topmost portion of the implant, the crown, in place.

How can dental implants help me?

Dental implants continue to gain in popularity, and Dr. Bonner, your Washington dentist, is one such advocate. That's because dental implants are the only fully permanent tooth restoration available; they can last several decades before needing any replacement or repair. They won't shift out of place while chewing, and their hardware is completely hidden, making them attractive and realistic. All of these benefits are passed on to the wearer, who can enjoy the look and functionality of a complete smile.

If you have further questions about the benefits of dental implants, or you want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Leslie Bonner, contact The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC to speak to one of our friendly scheduling staff today!

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
November 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

How Invisalign from your dentist in Washington DC can give you a great smile

InvisalignIf you are thinking about Invisalign, it’s only natural to wonder if it’s the right orthodontic treatment for you. The truth is, Invisalign appliances may look delicate, but they are strong enough to correct the same tooth and jaw alignment problems as conventional brackets and wires without any of the discomfort! Read below to learn more, and contact Dr. Leslie E. Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in downtown Washington DC for help in achieving the beautiful straight smile you’ve been waiting for.

More about Invisalign

Invisalign is revolutionary due to its innovative system of smooth, comfortable plastic trays, known as aligners that have no sharp metal parts to poke and irritate your gums, cheeks, and lips. Thanks to Invisalign, all you will experience is comfortable, user-friendly treatment!

However, comfort is just one reason why Invisalign is right for you. When you choose Invisalign, you will also experience:

  • Quick Results: Invisalign treatment typically is complete within 9 to 15 months
  • Discreet Treatment: Invisalign aligners are clear plastic, so no one will notice you are straightening your teeth
  • Easy Maintenance: You can remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth and keep your smile healthy

Invisalign is also right for you if you worry about not being able to eat the foods you love during orthodontic treatment. Invisalign makes it easy to enjoy eating whatever you want, without worrying about getting food caught in your braces. You simply remove the aligners to eat and drink whatever foods and beverages you enjoy.

Furthermore, everyone knows that a straight smile is easier to keep clean and healthy. A straight smile helps prevent wear-and-tear to your teeth and avoid temporomandibular joint problems. Now, thanks to Invisalign, achieving a straight, beautiful smile is easier than ever.

Interested? Give Us a Call!

You need to discover for yourself why Invisalign is right for you. To learn more about how Invisalign can give you the great smile you deserve, call Dr. Leslie E. Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in downtown Washington DC today! (202) 249-9131

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
September 25, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Bright White TeethDental fillings don't have to change the appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic fillings look just like your natural tooth color and offer an excellent alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Your downtown Washington, DC, dentist Dr. Leslie Bonner offers fillings at The Bonner Dental Network.

What are cosmetic fillings?

Cosmetic fillings are made of composite resin, a soft material composed of powdered plastic and glass. Composite resin is available is tinted to match common tooth colors, ensuring that your dental work is never noticeable. Before you receive a filling, your downtown Washington, DC, dentist will choose a color that closely matches your natural tooth color.

What happens when I receive a cosmetic filling?

Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, then remove the decayed portion of your tooth. Eliminating decay also requires the removal of a margin of healthy tooth structure around the decayed area. The larger the area removed, the weaker the tooth may become. Cosmetic fillings require removal of a smaller margin than silver amalgam fillings, which helps your tooth remain strong.

After the decay is removed, your dentist will apply an etching solution that will help the filling adhere to your tooth, followed by bonding material and the composite resin filling. Your new filling will quickly harden after it's exposed to an ultraviolet curing light.

Cosmetic fillings offer a few important benefits. They bond to your teeth, improving their strength, and don't react to temperature changes. Silver amalgam fillings, in contrast, contract and expand when they're exposed to hot or cold foods or beverages. Constant contraction and expansion can eventually weaken your tooth and increase your risk of cracks and fractures.

Are you ready to improve your smile with a cosmetic filling? Call your downtown Washington, DC dentist Dr. Leslie Bonner of The Bonner Dental Network at (202) 249-9131 to schedule your appointment.

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