Your smile is one of your most distinguishing features, so why shouldn’t you be proud of it? Thanks to composite bonding in New York and the newest dental technologies, you don’t have to be ashamed of smiling in public or for photos anymore.
At the NY Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe that your smile should be an asset, not an inhibitor, and we want the world to see you glow. Bonding teeth can fix a number of dental problems that you may be self-conscious about, as well as finally allow your confidence and personality to shine through your beautiful smile.
If you’re ready to improve your self-esteem, and you want to be proud of your pearly whites, call us today at 212-288-4455. Below are six dental problems that we can help you solve.
6 Dental Problems Dental Bonding Can Solve
- Bonding Teeth To Remove Gaps
A lot of men and women can pull off the gap-toothed look. Just look at Michael Strahan, Georgia May Jagger and Lara Stone.
You may not be comfortable with a gap between your teeth, though, and bonding them can help you achieve a beautiful, full smile.
Everyone’s teeth are different, and whitening systems don’t always work on people who have discoloration or a grayish tinge to their teeth. If you’ve tried whitening in the past, and it hasn’t worked, bonding may be the way to go.
Of course, a whitening procedure may work for the majority of your teeth, but it does nothing for those stubborn stains. If that’s the case, bonding can fix it.
- Chipped Teeth
Unlike hockey players, most people can’t pull off the chipped tooth look. If you’ve had an accident and recently chipped a tooth, we can use bonding to help fix it.
- Size and Shape
Some people are simply unhappy with the size or shape of their teeth. If you think your teeth are too small for your mouth, or maybe they’re too round or just a little too square, we can use bonding to give you a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
- Crooked Teeth
Most adults don’t want to wear orthodontia for several years to fix crooked teeth. Of course, most people don’t want crooked teeth, either.
Luckily, we can use bonding to correct crooked or misaligned teeth and give you that smile you’ve always wanted. Bonding can last for up to 10 years, depending on your lifestyle.
Before & Afters of Dental Bonding
What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding is one of the simplest procedures that cosmetic dentists use to correct the look of teeth. It is a type of synthetic, colored resin that is applied to correct problems, such as misshapen or discolored teeth, fractured or chipped teeth, or to fill in areas of decay or wear. Composites have become very strong over the years, so the procedure is helpful for both front and back teeth.
What’s the Procedure for Dental Bonding?
The process is relatively easy compared to cosmetic alternatives.
- First, you come in for a Consultation – You come in for a first visit so you can communicate your pain points, what you are looking for, and so the doctor can analyze your teeth – this way he knows if the corrections are minor or major.
- The tooth surface will be etched with a special acid solution to increase resin adherence
- We paint a mild gel solution on the area of the natural tooth enamel – this hardens the surface of your tooth and allows for a tight bond
- Then we apply a putty-like resin that contains color-matched pigments to your natural tooth
- Then we sculpt and shape the resin to match your natural teeth
- Next, we’ll harden the resin by treating it with a UV light
- Lastly, we polish the resin to natural luster and voila! A Smile Makeover that’ll give you the confident, beautiful smile you deserve!
What is the Composite used in Dental Bonding Made of?
A mild gel solution and putty-like resin. Composite resins are a durable blend of glass and plastic.
How Long Does the Composite Bonding Procedure Take?
Often, the treatment can be performed in a single visit, and it is a painless procedure. It is also one of the more affordable ways to make your teeth look great. There is skill involved in making the composite look natural, however, so you want to choose a highly skilled cosmetic dentist with a great reputation. Composite bonding can be a great choice for people who want to get a beautiful smile quickly and affordably.
What’s the difference between composite bonding and porcelain veneers?
Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that is easier and less invasive than porcelain veneers for repairing chips and discolored teeth.
- Dental Composite Bonding: A composite resin is applied to the teeth to restore broken or chipped teeth, reshape teeth, recolor the surface, or fill gaps in the teeth – Usually takes 30 mins to 1-hour.
- Porcelain Veneers: Dentist scrapes off the surface of the enamel of your teeth, places a temporary veneer, then custom-made porcelain veneers are fitted – Usually requires more sittings than bonding.
Unlike porcelain veneers, they can be applied in a single visit with minimal—if any—tooth removal. This makes them an attractive option for people looking to fix their smiles without an invasive mouth surgery.
What are the Advantages of Dental Composite Bonding?
- Ideal option for those who have smaller teeth imperfections
- Cheaper option than Porcelain Veneers
- Less tooth structure needs to be altered
- One or several teeth can usually be completed with one visit to the dentist
- Good option for younger and unsure if you want to take the leap with Dental Veneers
- Improve the appearance of discolored and stained teeth
- Helps protect roots that have been exposed by receding gums
- Best way to correct biting pressure of front teeth
- Allow you to change the shape of your teeth (i.e.- can give an appearance of longer teeth if yours are naturally short)
- Repairs decayed, cracked, or chipped teeth
What are the Disadvantages of Dental Composite Bonding?
- Dental bonding doesn’t last as long as other cosmetic treatments, for example, porcelain veneers
- You will need to have them replaced at some point in your lifetime
- Dental bonding can’t resist stains as well as crowns or veneers
- Bonding material can break off teeth more easily than other cosmetic dental treatments
Should I Get a Teeth Whitening Before or After Dental Bonding Procedure?
If you do a teeth whitening with dental bonding, it would no longer match perfectly, and the bonding would stand out in a darker color. If you want to whiten your teeth, do it before having any cosmetic dental work performed.
Otherwise, when you whiten your teeth, the bonding will stay the same even though your natural teeth may all appear whiter.
What’s the Proper Dental Care for Composite Bonding?
- Practice good oral hygiene – Brush in the morning and night, floss, and use mouthwash
- Avoid habits that can chip away teeth such as: chewing ice, pens, hard candies, and other hard foods/objects
- Schedule regular dental cleanings (about every 6 months)
- Limit coffee intake and avoid smoking – since the resin used in bonding isn’t as stain-resistant as other dental materials, you may develop some discoloration if you smoke or drink a lot of coffee
How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
The lifespan of bonding materials and composite bonding depends on how much bonding was done and your oral habits.
With good care, dental bonding can last for 3-10 years before needing to be touched up or replaced.
Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist in New York City
When choosing the right cosmetic dental treatment for you, it’s important to communicate your wants, needs, and budget to your dentist at NY Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. We will take the time to make sure we have a clear understanding of the results you are looking for and provide recommendations based on what we think is the best solution for your Smile Makeover!
If you’re interested in composite bonding in New York, call our office today at 212-288-4455 or fill out a form on our contact page!