Enhance Your Smile with Dental Bonding
We offer dental bonding at our Long Island practice as an effective and affordable way to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, discolored, or have other minor imperfections. Bonding involves the application of a dental resin to conceal imperfections and blend in with your surrounding teeth. This popular procedure is less costly than dental crowns or porcelain veneers, and can provide a beautiful result that can last for years. To learn more about how dental bonding can enhance your smile, contact our clinic today.
How Bonding Works
Dental bonding is performed using the same tooth-colored resin used to create dental fillings. The material is a high-density type of plastic that is extremely effective at bonding with the tooth. Meanwhile, the resin expands and contracts at nearly the same rate as your tooth when exposed to heat or cold, making it a very compatible cosmetic and restorative solution.
To begin, the dentist uses a shade guide to select a color of resin that closely matches your teeth. Next, the surface of the tooth is lightly etched and treated with a conditioning liquid to help the resin bond to the tooth. The dentist applies the putty-like resin, shaping and smoothing it to achieve the desired effect. Next, an ultraviolet light hardens the resin. Finally, the resin is polished to a natural-looking sheen and the dentist adds any necessary finishing touches to blend the material seamlessly with the rest of the tooth.
Determining Your Candidacy
Bonding can be an excellent option for restoring an attractive appearance to teeth with minor cosmetic imperfections. Because it is not as strong as crowns or veneers, it is typically recommended for areas of low bite pressure, like the front teeth. Bonding also works well as a transition to a more permanent solution. For example, bonding can allow a patient to receive cosmetic treatment that better matches their budget at the time, helping him or her to enjoy a beautiful smile that will eventually receive veneers or crowns. A consultation with one of our dentists is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for dental bonding.
One of the most significant advantages of bonding is that the improvement is immediately noticeable. Unlike a crown or veneer, there is usually no alteration of the natural tooth structure required in order to prepare it for treatment. Because a restoration does not have to be fabricated in a lab, the whole process can be completed in a single appointment. Bonding can be performed as a standalone procedure, or combined with additional cosmetic enhancements like teeth whitening or Invisalign® for a customized smile makeover.
Sometimes the tiniest imperfections in our smiles can cause us to feel profoundly self-conscious. Bonding is a fast, cost-effective way to enhance the appearance of your smile and help you feel more confident overall. To learn more about dental bonding and how it can help you achieve the smile of your dreams, contact us and schedule an appointment today.
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