Natural-Looking, Long-Lasting Results
Dental bonding is a quick and easy way to create a more gorgeous smile by concealing superficial imperfections. The cosmetic dentistry treatment involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin material directly to the tooth, then shaping and sculpting it to cover up flaws or improve uniformity between the teeth.
If you are looking for a great cosmetic dentist that offers dental bonding, Dr. Robert Steinberger of East Tremont Dental can help. His artistic eye and technical expertise helps him deliver beautiful results that look natural and last for a very long time.
What Can Dental Bonding Improve?
Dental bonding is one of the most versatile tools in a cosmetic dentist’s toolbox. The treatment can be used to improve a multitude of dental imperfections, including the following:
- Small tooth chips or cracks
- Stains or discolorations that do not respond to teeth whitening treatment
- Uneven tooth edges
- Small spaces or gaps between the teeth
- Teeth that appear very short or narrow
One of the primary advantages of dental bonding is that it affects the natural tooth structure very little. Unlike veneers or crowns, bonding does not require tooth enamel to be removed in order to accommodate the restoration.
The Dental Bonding Process
Dental bonding treatment can be accomplished in a single treatment. The material is available in many different colors, and Dr. Steinberger will carefully match your tooth color so that the bonding is virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth structure.
First, Dr. Steinberger will prepare the affected tooth (or teeth) surface by applying an etching solution; this helps the composite resin material attach to the natural tooth structure. Next, he will apply layers of the bonding material to the tooth, carefully sculpting, shaping and smoothing it so that it resembles natural tooth enamel. Each layer will be hardened with a special light. Finally, Dr. Steinberger will polish the bonding material so that it resembles the translucence of a natural tooth.
With the proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy the results of your bonding treatment for many years to come. Though the bonding material is strong and durable, it is not impenetrable. Like natural tooth enamel, composite resin material is vulnerable to stains. Dr. Steinberger encourages you to avoid smoking or consuming foods and beverages that can stain your bonded teeth. He also recommends refraining from biting your nails or chewing on hard objects (e.g., pen caps, shells or hard candies) that could crack or chip the bonding material.
Since Dr. Steinberger applies the composite resin material without removing any tooth enamel, the bonding process is reversible. If you decide you want to change the results or restore your teeth to their natural appearance, you can do so without harming your teeth. Or, you can choose to have bonding done as a temporary restoration while you wait for another, more advanced procedure, like the placement of a veneer or crown.
Learn More about Dental Bonding
To learn more about how dental bonding can repair imperfect teeth for a more beautiful smile, please request an appointment with Dr. Steinberger at East Tremont Dental today. You can reach our office by calling 718.823.3000.