Dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment that masks stains, gaps, and minor chips and cracks with a tooth-colored resin. This procedure is often chosen as an affordable and less-invasive alternative to porcelain veneers. Patients can also undergo dental bonding as a way to decide if they would eventually like to receive veneers. Our Ridgewood, NJ, practice can also pair dental bonding with other cosmetic and restorative procedures, such as teeth whitening and dental crowns to comprehensively enhance your smile.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Bonding?
You may be a candidate for dental bonding if you have healthy teeth and gums, but wish to address minor aesthetic imperfections. This cosmetic procedure is most often used to enhance teeth that are slightly:
- Cracked or chipped
- Discolored, yellowed, or dull
- Crooked or misshapen
- Irregularly shaped
This non-invasive treatment can add to your tooth structure and is reversible because it doest not require alteration of the enamel.
Enhancing Your Smile with Dental Bonding
Patients who receive dental bonding most often enjoy their results for at least five to seven years if they practice good oral hygiene. The other advantages of dental bonding include:
- Instant, natural-looking results
- Affordable and minimally invasive procedure
- Improved symmetry
- Brighter smile
It is important to understand that while bonding can last many years with proper care, the results are not permanent. If you love the results of your bonding treatment, porcelain veneers can eventually provide you with a longer-lasting solution that can be more extensively customized for an incredibly natural-looking enhancement.
What to Expect during Your Dental Bonding Procedure
Before recommending dental bonding, Dr. Jin Ha Joung, Dr. Mark Samani, or Dr. Min Hee Cho will ask you to describe your goals. Together, you can design a treatment plan to achieve your desired results. Our doctors will also assess the state of your smile to determine if bonding or another procedure is the best way to help you achieve the smile you desire.
The dental bonding procedure can typically be performed in one office treatment. Our team will first thoroughly clean the tooth and apply a mild solution to etch your the surface of your tooth and create more surface area for bonding. Your dentist will use a shade guide to match the resin to your teeth for a natural-looking result. Once the tooth is prepared, your doctor will place the moldable resin onto your teeth, shaping and layering it for optimal results.
Following treatment, you can leave our office with a beautiful smile you can feel confident sharing with everyone around you
Using a UV dental light, also known as a curing light, we will harden the resin and remove any unnecessary material for a precise symmetry and a proper bite. Once all the changes have been made, your dentist will polish your teeth for a beautiful sheen. Following treatment, you can leave our office with a beautiful smile you can feel confident sharing with everyone around you.
Enhance Your Smile
The team at Ridgewood Dental Associates wants to help you achieve a more attractive smile. If you are interested in addressing minor dental imperfections, contact us online or call (201) 652-2474 today to schedule your consultation.