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Dental Bonding Q & A 
by Kate Brayman, DDS

Dental Bonding NYC Q & A by Kate Brayman, DDS

Kate Brayman DDS, in New York City offers cosmetic dental bonding using composite resin that matches the natural color of your teeth. Contact Dr. Brayman if you’d like to explore the possibilities of aesthetic dental bonding procedure to cover discolored or cracked teeth, change the shape of your teeth, or get cavities repaired using a natural-appearing resin.

Your smile might be the first thing a person notices about you. If it’s not, then it might be time to ask yourself why. A great smile can brighten a mood, make social interactions more comfortable, and project confidence to the people around you.

If you are uncomfortable with your smile for any reason, then it may be time to visit us. At our state-of-the-art dental clinic, Dr. Brayman and her staff specialize in creating beautiful smiles for patients like you.

You can take all the care in the world, but you can’t protect your teeth from every misfortune. Whether it’s a fall, a flying object, or tripping by accident, your teeth can get damaged. Not to mention there’s the natural process of aging, or general lifestyle habits that can leave your teeth dull and discolored. That’s where dental tooth bonding treatment comes in.

Dental bonding, also called tooth bonding, is a process that will help keep your smile bright even when they are damaged or don’t look their best. It involves our dentists applying resin, a bonding material for teeth,  that is the same color as your teeth to hide imperfections. The reason that it is called dental or teeth bonding is because this resin bonds with the enamel of your tooth, so that it essentially becomes a part of it. 

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What Is Dental Bonding?

Cosmetic dental teeth bonding is a treatment that uses composite resin to repair or improve the appearance of your teeth. It’s called dental tooth bonding because the resin is bonded to your teeth using adhesives and a high-intensity light that hardens it.

If you don’t like the looks of traditional dental amalgam fillings, you can have cavities filled with composite resin, which looks like your natural tooth. Dental bonding is often used for cosmetic purposes because it covers discolored and chipped teeth. It also works for closing gaps between teeth, changing the shape of teeth, or making them look longer.

What can dental bonding be used for?

Teeth bonding is generally used for cosmetic reasons to repair the shape or color of teeth. This means that it is useful for chipped and damaged teeth, teeth that have been fractured in some way, and teeth that are discolored.

Bonding your teeth can also be used for closing gaps between teeth, and to change the shape and color of teeth. Some dentists will even use bonding to help protect exposed roots resulting from gums that have receded as a result of gum disease.

What are the benefits of dental bonding?

Benefits of Dental Bonding NYC

Dental bonding is one of the least expensive options available if you want a cosmetic procedure to improve your smile. Bonding generally lasts up to 10 years, but its longevity depends on which teeth were bonded and your overall dental health.

Front teeth don’t take as much wear-and-tear as molars that constantly chew food, so bonding on your front teeth will last longer. If you grind your teeth when you sleep or chew on hard objects like ice, the extra pressure may shorten the life of dental bonding.

The process of dental bonding is fast compared to other cosmetic procedures and doesn’t require anesthesia unless it’s being used to fill a decayed tooth. You also won’t need to go through a lot of preparation time because little or none of the existing tooth enamel needs to be removed.

There are other possibilities when it comes to dental procedures that can produce similar results to what cosmetic dental bonding can provide. Some of the most common ones are veneers and crowns. There are drawbacks and benefits to all of them. For dental bonding, one of the biggest advantages is that it is more affordable than other alternatives. It is a procedure that is just about 100 percent successful, and relatively simple, which makes the cost even more reasonable than at first glance. It can cost anywhere between $300 and $600, depending on the type of teeth bonding being done. Most insurance companies provide coverage for the procedure. However, it’s always a good idea to check with yours to make sure that is the case.

What are the risks and disadvantages of dental bonding?

Staining is an issue with dental bonding. The resin has slight stain-resistant properties, but not as much as crowns or veneers do. However, this could actually also be a good thing. Teeth get stained and change color with age. Your repaired teeth will look more natural as the bonding materials also get stained and discolored along with the rest of your teeth. Crowns and veneers can stand out, which makes them look artificial and can also make the natural teeth look worse by comparison.

Bonding materials do have a shorter life span than crowns and veneers. They can get damaged, you can grind them down in your sleep, or the resin can detach from the tooth as your mouth changes. For this reason, dentists generally recommend bonding for small cosmetic issues. If the resin does break or fall out, it can be easily replaced and repaired. Because pressure from biting can damage the teeth bonding material, we also tend to apply it in areas of the mouth where there is little bite pressure, such as the front teeth.

What happens during a dental bonding appointment?

You do not have to do anything to prepare for a tooth bonding appointment, other than show up at the correct time. Once you are in the chair and ready to go, our dental staff will go about their preparations for the procedure. In most cases, you will not need anesthesia.

After a dental examination, the process begins with the doctor choosing a composite resin that matches the color of the tooth being treated. Then the doctor roughens the surface of the tooth slightly and applies a conditioning liquid that creates a strong bond with the resin.

The resin has a texture like putty, so it’s easily molded and smoothed until it’s the desired shape. Finally, Dr. Brayman uses a special LED light to harden the resin. The entire process only takes about 30 minutes for one tooth, but you may want to spread it out over several visits if multiple teeth are being treated.

How long does dental bonding last?

Bonded teeth require very little special care, if any at all. The location of the treatment may feel strange for a while, as might your entire mouth while you get used to the new shape and feel of your teeth.

Be sure to continue with your regular oral hygiene routine to keep your mouth clean. Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day, and floss at least once a day. You should also use an antiseptic mouthwash on a regular basis to kill bacteria. Good oral hygiene also means visiting your dentist at the recommended intervals and having your teeth cleaned professionally twice a year

As mentioned, the bonding resin used in teeth bonding may get damaged and chipped, so you may have some habits you need to break to keep everything in good shape and prevent any issues.

What does this mean? It means no chewing on foreign objects. It means no chewing pens in lecture halls or in meetings, or biting your fingernails when you’re nervous. This can be a challenge for many people. You may find that it is difficult to eat hard candy or foods, and you should never try to open bottles or anything else with a bonded tooth.

If at any point you feel the tooth has changed, whether it’s the shape of the tooth or it has gotten sharp, contact us right away as it could be that the bonding material for teeth has chipped and needs to be repaired or replaced. 

The bonding material can also stain, so you may choose to avoid certain foods and drinks that can cause staining. These include red wine and coffee, for instance. Smoking is terrible for your health, and you should be trying to quit in any case, but it can also cause your bonded teeth to discolor prematurely

If you treat your mouth and your bonded teeth well, the bonding material should last for up to ten years. However, there are factors that can affect this that go beyond your personal habits. For instance, some patients aren’t aware that they grind their teeth while sleeping. If the grinding is placing pressure on the bonded tooth, then over time it may damage the resin.

Sometimes the mouth changes with age, which causes teeth to shift, which can also affect bonded teeth and cause the resin to weaken. This is why it is important to visit your dentist regularly. They will be able to spot any issues and act accordingly. 

Just like with many dental procedures, it takes skill and even some artistry to make sure that cosmetic dental bonding looks the best it possibly can. That’s why you want a dentist that has the skills and experience to deliver excellent results every time. In New York City, that dentist is Dr. Kate Brayman. We will have you leaving our office with a bright smile and renewed confidence. 

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At Kate Brayman DDS, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. Please note we do not participate with DMO/HMO insurance.

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20 5th Ave Suite 1C, New York, NY 10011
(212) 505-0295
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