Is Dental Bonding Right for You? What You Need to Know

Are your teeth chipped? Do your broken or cracked teeth make you feel self-conscious? Does tooth damage or tooth discoloration lead you to hide your smile? If so, dental bonding offers you a convenient, effective, cost-efficient way to repair imperfect teeth and brighten your smile.

Here at Mayer Dental Care in New York City, Dr. Wendy Mayer specializes in dental bonding. She and her team use advanced materials and state-of-the-art bonding techniques to restore your natural teeth. Read on to learn more about this exciting tooth-repair treatment.

What is bonding?

Bonding is a dental technique that uses specially formulated dental plastics to repair defects in your teeth.   

In addition to fixing chipped or cracked teeth, bonding can close spaces between teeth, cover parts of teeth roots that are left exposed because of gum recession, fill in an area of your tooth that was affected by tooth decay, and change the size or length of misshapen teeth.

One of the advantages of bonding is that it produces excellent results in just one dental visit. It requires no anesthesia. And because it is a relatively simple procedure, it is less expensive than some other types of repair processes.

For more extensive tooth damage, Dr. Mayer may recommend veneers or crowns.

What to expect

Your bonding treatment begins with a thorough dental cleaning. Then Dr. Mayer prepares your tooth for bonding by applying an acidic gel to the enamel. This gel expands the pores in your tooth, so the bonding material can adhere securely.

Once your tooth is fully prepared, Dr. Mayer applies bonding material that has been specially formulated to match the color of your teeth. She uses a dental light to dry and harden the bonding material onto your tooth. Then she repeats the process several times, alternating between painting on a layer of bonding material and using light to harden it before adding more bonding material.

After completing the multilayer bonding process, Dr. Mayer polishes your tooth to give it a smooth, attractive appearance and natural feel.

After your treatment

For best results, you should avoid exposing your teeth to foods that may stain them, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and berries, for several days after receiving your bonding treatment. Then you may eat and drink normally. Bonded teeth feel just like natural teeth.

Schedule a bonding consultation today

If cracked, chipped, or broken teeth have turned your smile into a frown, let Dr. Mayer and her team of dental experts help. Contact our office at 212-246-2398 for a bonding consultation, or schedule your appointment using our handy online tool today. 

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