Dental bonding is one of the simplest, most affordable, and most instantly gratifying cosmetic dentistry services we offer.
Have you experienced the shyness that can come from having a smile marred by stained, cracked or oddly-shaped teeth? Do you resist being photographed, lest your imperfect teeth be captured for posterity? If so, you may be pleasantly surprised by the potential benefits dental bonding can provide.
Teeth bonding dentist Suffolk County, NY
Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick invite you to schedule a no-cost consultation at the Suffolk County office of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more about this convenient, affordable solution to a wide range of cosmetic dental issues.
Bonding is a popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry involving the application of a tooth-colored material onto affected teeth, the sculpting of the composite into the desired shape, and the hardening and polishing of the finished product.
This relatively simple process is perfect for individuals who need only a small amount of cosmetic attention, including those with chipped or broken teeth, those with small gaps in between teeth, and those with small, discolored or unusually-shaped teeth.
Tooth bonding procedure
Those who choose to undergo teeth bonding are sure to be pleasantly surprised by how quick and easy the procedure typically is. First, Dr. Elliot or Dr. Nick will choose the color of composite resin material that best matches the surrounding teeth. Then, a very mild phosphoric acid liquid will be applied to help the resin itself adhere to the tooth’s surface. The pliable composite material will next be placed atop the tooth itself, at which point it will be shaped and carefully sculpted to achieve the desired look.
A high intensity light will be used to set and harden the resin before the tooth is buffed and polished to blend beautifully into the patient’s smile. To the astonishment of many patients who have lived with an unsightly cosmetic issue, sometimes for years, the entire bonding process typically takes between 30-60 minutes from start to finish.
Advantages of teeth bonding
For those who are ready to improve their smile without undergoing a more involved procedure such as the application of veneers, bonding can be a terrific option.
Some of the advantages of teeth bonding include:
- Greater affordability than related procedures, such as veneers or tooth implants.
- Many dental insurance carriers cover a large portion of the cost of this procedure, particularly if it is intended to fill cavities or add structural integrity.
- The process itself typically requires just one office visit.
- Anesthesia is rarely required.
- Enamel removal is minimal when compared to crown and veneer procedures.
Because dental bonding involves artistic shaping of the resin material, it is essential to choose a cosmetic dentist with the skill and training necessary to achieve natural-looking results. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot continue to impress their patients with optimal cosmetic outcomes time and time again.
If the ease and convenience this service sounds appealing to you, our team of professionals will be happy to provide a complimentary consultation to discuss your specific needs.
Does dental bonding make sense for me?
The best candidates are patients who have minor cosmetic issues with one or more teeth, including cracks, discolorations or size disparities, but who do not wish to undergo costlier or more invasive procedures. While dental bonding is ideal for those who simply need some reshaping or minor contouring, the process is not appropriate for someone who wishes to whiten their entire smile.
Teeth bonding is also often used as a tooth colored filling for minor cavities in teeth not subject to a great deal of stress, though it may not suffice for larger cavities. Ultimately, this service is a great choice for anyone who simply needs to correct a mild irregularity with one or even multiple teeth.
Post-bonding maintenance and care
Bonding can be vulnerable to chipping and staining, and thus needs to be protected.
Some simple steps that can be taken to extend the life of your procedure include:
- Limiting your intake of red wine, tea and coffee
- Quitting tobacco use
- Stop nail biting and ice chewing
- Seek regular dental checkups and undergo touch-ups as necessary
Prospective patients need to realize that dental bonding is less durable than veneers or crowns, and its lifespan will depend heavily on the oral hygiene habits they observe.
With proper care and maintenance, it does has the potential to last upwards of ten years before replacement may be needed.
Affordable cost of dental bonding
Dental bonding is one of the most affordable cosmetic procedures available, and your insurance company may cover at least a portion of your treatment. Even so, we at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry are proud to offer a variety of payment options to help make a winning smile possible for everyone. Schedule your complimentary consultation, and we will be happy to discuss your individual circumstances and dental care needs.
Cosmetic tooth bonding on Long Island
At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to providing the most professional, attentive and convenient dental care available, and we invite you to contact us to learn more about our doctors, procedures and treatment philosophy.
Offering a full range of cosmetic, implant and general dentistry options right here in Long Island, we look forward to becoming your oral healthcare provider now and well into the future. Contact our Rocky Point office at (631) 744-5700 to discover the many ways we can help give you the smile you have always wanted. We serve all of Long Island including Nassau County and Suffolk County.