Dental bonding is a special procedure used to restore, reshape and rejuvenate teeth, improving both their function and appearance. Dentists apply a thin layer of tooth-colored plastic to the front of the tooth and sculpt it to perfect the patient's appearance. Dental bonding is used to repair chipped, cracked, broken, misshapen teeth or stained teeth or to fill in the spaces between teeth.
At our office in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, we offer dental bonding in NYC that can restore your smile’s appearance and functionality. Drs. Osipow and Payziyev are highly skilled in restorative dentistry and can deliver exceptional results no matter how complicated your case may be. We are here to help your smile look and feel better than ever before.
What Is Dental Bonding Made From?
The dental bonding material is made of a composite resin, or plastic, that hardens and fuses to the tooth when the dentist shines a special light on it. Once in place, the bonding material is shaped to correct the specific defect, colored to match the patient's natural tooth and polished until it is smooth.
The Dental Bonding Process
Applying bonding to a patient's teeth requires a three-step process.
An etching solution is applied to the tooth or teeth to prepare them to receive the bonding material. This solution gently roughens the surface of the tooth for a stronger bond between the tooth and the plastic.
A thin layer of the bonding resin is placed on the surface of the tooth and is sealed in place using a special light. Several layers of resin may be added and hardened in turn. Each layer takes only a few minutes to harden.
The bonding material is sculpted to the desired shape and colored to match the shade of the natural teeth. Finally, the bonding material is polished until it is entirely smooth.
How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
The dental bonding procedure takes 1 to 2 hours, and its results may last for up to 10 years before any restoration is necessary. In many cases, touch-ups can help patients maintain their results without the need for a complete replacement.
Dental Bonding Restoration
We recommend dental bonding for patients who want to either restore function or enhance the cosmetic appearance of their smile. Bonding is a versatile procedure that can benefit those seeking aesthetic restoration as much as those who need functional improvements.
Reasons to get dental bonding can include:
- Concealing chips or cracks in the teeth
- Lengthening teeth that are shorter than others
- Closing gaps or spacing between teeth
- Enhancing and refining the tooth’s shape
Our goal is to help each patient discover the right procedure for their dental needs. One of our doctors will discuss dental bonding with you after a careful examination of your teeth to determine if it is the best choice for your needs and goals.
Dental Bonding vs. Veneers: Which Is Better?
Both dental bonding and veneers are cosmetic procedures that can transform your smile. Veneers are more comprehensive to apply, requiring us to remove the enamel of your teeth so we can affix the ceramic veneers to your teeth using dental cement.
Bonding is less invasive and, unlike veneers, reversible. Many patients also like that bonding is a much more affordable alternative to veneers, particularly those that need to treat multiple teeth.
Like veneers, dental bonding is highly customizable. We can color-match your bonding to match your existing enamel, ensuring that the results are completely natural and blend into your smile.
Schedule a Dental Bonding Consultation Today
If you are considering dental bonding in NYC, reach out to us at Dentistry on Park. We would be happy to discuss your needs and offer the best bonding to restore your smile’s natural beauty. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.