Bonding - It’s Not Just For BFF’sSep. 15 2016
If you have a dark-colored or chipped tooth, or a gap between your front teeth, bonding may be the perfect solution. Bonding is less expensive than veneers, and is designed to improve a tooth’s appearance or shape or fill a cavity using a tooth-colored, composite resin.
Bonding is also often used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings because of its ability to protect an exposed tooth root resulting from periodontal disease or receding gums. Their light color makes bonded fillings preferable - they are much less noticeable than silver.
•The first step in the bonding procedure is the preparation of the surface of your tooth. It will be slightly etched and lightly coated with a conditioning liquid to help the bonding material adhere.
•Next, a soft, tooth-colored resin material will be applied, and will be molded and smoothed until it is the desired shape.
•The resin material is then hardened with an ultraviolet or laser light.
•After the resin material hardens, it will be shaped, trimmed and polished it until it matches the rest of your tooth’s surface.
•Bonding can be done in a single dental visit. If you're having more than one tooth done, you may need to schedule more time or additional visits.
•Bonding resin can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments. Avoid drinking coffee, tea, wine or other staining foods and drinks for the first 48 hours after a bonding procedure. To maintain the look of your new bonded teeth, remember to brush and floss twice a day and visit Dr. Glasser every six months for a professional exam and cleaning.
We invite you to call to schedule an appointment. Fall is here, the holidays will soon be upon us, and it’s the best time of year to get the smile you deserve.
Dr. Dean Glasser is a respected Cosmetic and General Dentist, serving Melville, NY and the greater Long Island area. A Professor at Columbia University Dental School, Dr. Glasser is recognized as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and as a Fellow of the following organizations: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Hospital Dentistry and the Misch Implant Institute.