Chips, cracks, discoloration, and other imperfections in your teeth can diminish the natural beauty of your smile. Luckily, dental bonding is a quick, easy, and affordable treatment option to address minor cosmetic defects in your smile.
At Quality Dental Care, P.C., we provide a comprehensive range of dentistry services, including many cosmetic treatments. Dr. Haitham J. Ennabi and our team offer dental bonding for a variety of conditions at our offices in Pawling and Hopewell Junction, NY. We can also include bonding as part of a custom smile makeover plan to dramatically enhance your smile.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Bonding is a simple procedure which uses tooth-colored composite resin to address a range of dental issues, including:
- Stains or discoloration
- Spaces between teeth
- Chips or cracks
- Misshapen teeth
- Exposed tooth roots
Dental bonding is particularly well-suited to mild and moderate cosmetic issues. In most cases, our team recommends bonding as a cosmetic treatment for patients with otherwise healthy teeth. If you have more complex aesthetic concerns, we may recommend porcelain veneers or another alternative.
Before performing a bonding treatment, we will conduct a comprehensive oral health evaluation to ensure your smile is healthy. Our doctors can provide treatment for any underlying health issues prior to your cosmetic bonding procedure.
The Benefits of Bonding
In addition to being one of the simplest cosmetic procedures available, dental bonding is:
- Affordable: A dental bonding treatment is a cost-effective method for enhancing your smile.
- Conservative: Unlike veneers or other treatments, your doctor does not need to remove tooth enamel as part of the procedure.
- Reversible: Since no enamel is removed, bonding is not a permanent treatment.
- Quick: Our team at Quality Dental Care can typically complete a bonding treatment in a single 30- to 60-minute appointment.
Dr. Ennabi can evaluate your candidacy for the treatment during a brief consultation at his office.
What to Expect during Treatment
If dental bonding seems appropriate for your goals, Dr. Ennabi will first use a shade guide to select the shade of resin which will most closely match the color of your tooth. He will then:
- Etch the surface of your tooth to roughen it
- Coat your tooth with conditioning liquid to ensure the bonding resin sticks
- Apply the tooth-colored composite material
- Mold and shape the resin
- Harden the material using an ultraviolet light
After the material hardens, your doctor will adjust the shape and polish the resin so it blends seamlessly with your natural enamel.
Maintaining Your Enhanced Smile
There is little to no recovery time associated with a dental bonding treatment. However, it is important to avoid eating or drinking substances which can stain the bonding material for at least the first 48 hours.
For patients who want to quickly enhance their smile, dental bonding offers a cost-effective and easy solution.
Tea, coffee, tobacco, and other products can all affect the color of your composite resin, so limiting your intake of these can keep your smile bright and beautiful. In addition, brushing your teeth at least twice a day and visiting one of our two convenient offices regularly for cleanings can maintain your results for as long as possible.
Address Cosmetic Flaws
For patients who want to quickly enhance their smile, dental bonding offers a cost-effective and easy solution. Our team can help you determine if bonding is right for you during a consultation at our office. Contact our office online or call one of our two locations to learn more today.