Allen & Schwarz Dental
Prosthodontists & General and Cosmetic Dentistry located on Central Park South, Manhattan, NY
Do you have a chipped, fractured, or discolored tooth? At Allen and Schwarz Dental in Central Park South, New York, the dental team can help you fix your teeth by using a tooth-colored resin material that bonds with your damaged tooth to improve your smile. Dental bonding is considered to be one of the most affordable and simplest cosmetic dental procedures. To learn more about dental bonding, call the office or schedule your appointment online.
Dental Bonding Q & A
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure your dentist performs to repair a damaged tooth. They apply a tooth-colored composite resin material to your tooth, then adjust and reshape it for your optimally desired look.
Dental bonding can help you to:
- Change the shape of your tooth
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Repair decayed teeth
- Make your teeth look longer
- Close spaces between your teeth
Compared to other cosmetic dental procedures, bonding tends to be fast and relatively inexpensive to create a beautiful smile. Tooth bonding is minimally invasive, doesn’t require the removal of any part of your tooth, and is completely reversible.
What can I expect during the tooth bonding procedure?
There’s no need for extensive preparation for a tooth bonding procedure. Using a local anesthetic tends to not be necessary unless your dentist is performing your bonding to fill a decayed tooth.
The first step is for your dentist to choose the resin color that matches your natural tooth color. Afterward, they etch the surface of your damaged tooth and coat it with a conditioning liquid, which helps the bonding material adhere to the tooth.
Your dentist then applies the putty-like resin material to your tooth making sure it’s molded and smoothed to the tooth’s proper shape.
The dentist then hardens the resin with a laser or ultraviolet light. After the material hardens, your dentist trims, shapes, and polishes the resin to ensure it’s aesthetically pleasing and matches the rest of your tooth’s surface.
Dental bonding procedures are relatively fast, lasting around 30 minutes per tooth.
How long does dental bonding last?
While it varies from patient to patient, most people’s bonded teeth last up to 10 years. The dentists at Allen and Schwarz Dental recommend you visit their office twice a year for your dental checkups where they can repair your tooth bonding if necessary.
Additionally, they recommend you avoid biting your nails, chewing on ice, and eating hard foods as your newly bonded tooth could break.
Dental bonding can help restore your smile if you have chips, cracks, or discoloration in your teeth. Call Allen and Schwarz Dental today or book your appointment online.