Dental Bonding

Bar and Smith Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

If you have a chipped or abnormally shaped tooth, your dentist may recommend dental bonds to enhance your smile. Isaac Bar, DMD, and Tyler Smith, DMD, At Bar and Smith Dental, in the Upper East Side of New York City, offer expert dental bonds to repair and reshape your teeth for customized dental restoration. Call Bar and Smith Dental or make an appointment online today.

Dental Bonding Q & A

What are dental bonds?

Dental bonding is a method of repairing and restoring, chipped, decayed, unattractive teeth. The dentists at Bar and Smith Dental apply dental resin by hand to reshape your teeth for a completely customized restoration. Dental bonds are one of the quickest, most convenient, and most affordable methods of enhancing your smile.

Why would I need dental bonds?

In most cases, the dentists at Bar and Smith Dental use dental bonds for cosmetic purposes. They can improve your smile by shaping and applying the resin to address:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Short teeth
  • Abnormally shaped teeth

The dentists also use dental bonds for restorative purposes such as filling and covering cavity fillings and protecting the roots of teeth exposed by receding gums.

What happens during a bonding procedure?

Dental bonding is a relatively quick procedure. It’s painless, and the dentists at Bar and Smith Dental can complete the treatment in just 30 minutes.

After selecting a resin tint that matches the shade of your teeth, your dentist etches the surface of your tooth to create a rough texture, which helps the resin bond securely to your teeth. Then, they coat your tooth with a conditioning liquid. Next, they carefully apply the resin to your tooth and shape the material by hand for a customized result.

Your dentist directs a special ultraviolet light onto the dental bond, which hardens and secures the resin to your tooth. Dental bonding can last for several years before a touch-up or repair treatment is necessary.

How should I take care of dental bonds?

Resin can discolor from tea, coffee, and cigarettes, so you should avoid using any of these substances for the first 48 hours after your dental bonding treatment. While you can return to coffee and tea, if you smoke, you should try to quit as the negative effects go far beyond tooth discoloration. If you’re looking for a stain-resistant option, talk to your dentist about dental veneers.

You can brush and floss your teeth after your dentist applies a dental bond. You should also continue to have routine dental checkups and professional cleanings to protect your teeth and dental health.

Call Bar and Smith Dental or schedule a consultation online today to find out if dental bonds are right for you.