Uses and Results of Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Uses and Results of Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Composite resin is one of the most trusted materials available in dentistry. Made of plastic and glass particles, it has a wide range of functions. Originally, the composite resin was used primarily for restorative treatment, and it was the material of choice for dental fillings. However, the dental resin can be used to enhance the appearance of your smile, as well. Our Brooklyn practice offers cosmetic dental bonding to improve a number of flaws, including chips, cracks, and worn teeth, among others.

How Bonding Is Performed

Composite resin comes in a wide array of shades, and before beginning the bonding process, your cosmetic dentist will select the shade that most closely matches the natural color of your teeth. Then he will lightly roughen the surface of your teeth with a safe acid solution. Next, Dr. Herskovits will apply a bonding agent to your teeth and harden this solution with a curing light. These steps create a stronger bonding surface for the resin. When the prep work is done, he will apply the composite resin, carefully sculpting it so that it matches the natural outline of your teeth. Then, Dr. Herskovits will harden the material with the curing light. If necessary, he will apply multiple layers of resin, curing the material after each application. Finally, he will trim away any excess material, check your bite, make any necessary adjustments, and polish the resin.

Cosmetic Applications for Dental Bonding

Dental bonding can be used to correct an impressive array of structural and cosmetic blemishes. The many uses of bonding include:

  • Filling in chips and cracks
  • Filling in gaps between teeth
  • Changing the shape of worn or asymmetrical teeth
  • Altering the appearance of crooked teeth
  • Covering up severe stains
  • Covering up discoloration from metal fillings
  • Replacing metal fillings that have begun to show through over time
  • Elongating proportionately short teeth

Benefits of Cosmetic Dental Bonding

In addition to its wide range of applications, dental bonding has a number of additional benefits. First, it often costs less than other cosmetic treatments. Second, it leaves the structure of your tooth largely unchanged, meaning that any work you have done can be reversed in the future. Dental bonding is also very easy to repair, and you can make minor corrections with no need for a major overhaul. Finally, dental bonding is customized for you, and thanks to Dr. Herskovits’ considerable skill, it will be virtually impossible to tell that you have had cosmetic work on your smile.

Alternative Treatments to Consider

Despite the many benefits of dental bonding, you should thoroughly investigate all your options before deciding on any one treatment. Dental veneers have similar applications to dental bonding, and you should ask your dentist which of these two treatments is more suitable for you. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to enhance your smile, and you should ask Dr. Herskovits about this procedure before deciding to receive bonding. Finally, you might choose to have bonding along with other cosmetic or restorative procedures. A smile makeover allows you to choose multiple procedures for a 100 percent customized treatment.

Schedule Your Appointment at Brooklyn Smile

To learn more about dental bonding and to find out if this is the right treatment to improve your smile, book a consultation with Dr. Herskovits today.

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