Cosmetic Bonding in Carmel, NY
Carmel Dental Associates provides cosmetic bonding to patients located in Carmel and throughout Putnam County. Call 845-225-2224 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Cosmetic bonding is one of the most affordable ways to improve the appearance of your smile. It’s also versatile—we can use bonding to correct a wide range of issues, from discoloration to chips. The process is fast and painless, so no anesthesia is required.
Bonding involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin to the tooth that needs cosmetic correction. We select a resin that matches the color of the rest of your teeth, then prepare the surface of your tooth by roughening the enamel, which helps the bonding material adhere properly. A liquid is applied to the tooth, then the bonding is placed and carefully shaped for a natural appearance. The bonding agent is cured, then further shaped if needed. The entire process takes under an hour to complete in most cases.
Uses for Cosmetic Bonding
Cosmetic bonding can be used to improve the appearance of a number of different imperfections. Some of the most common include:
- Cracked teeth
- Discolored teeth that do not respond to traditional teeth whitening treatments
- Closing gaps between the teeth
- Reshaping malformed teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Lengthening short teeth for a more even appearance
We typically only apply cosmetic bonding to healthy teeth. If your tooth is compromised, you may need a dental crown instead.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Bonding
How long does teeth bonding last?
The lifespan of your bonding depends on a number of factors—the location of the bonded tooth, the amount of bonding, and your oral habits. For example, a nail biting habit can make your bonding more prone to breakage and drinking coffee can cause stains that may require your bonding to be replaced sooner. Four to eight years is a typical lifespan for bonding.
Does bonding ruin your teeth?
No, bonding does not compromise the structure of your tooth in any way. The enamel is roughened a bit to allow the bonding agent to adhere to the tooth surface, but it is not removed.
Can bonding be whitened?
No, if your bonding has become stained, it cannot be whitened. You will need to have it replaced.
Is composite bonding better than veneers?
Veneers are generally considered the gold standard because they are more permanent and less prone to stains. On the other hand, bonding is more affordable than veneers, so some people may feel that this factor alone makes them a better option.
Can front teeth be bonded?
Yes, front teeth can be bonded. It’s an excellent way to improve the appearance of your smile and with a skilled dentist, you’ll have natural-looking results.
Call 845-225-2224 to learn more and schedule your appointment.