Are your teeth worn and damaged but you don’t want complicated and expensive dental procedures needed to correct them? Cosmetic bonding may be the simple solution you have been looking for. Dr. Brad Gorsky, your Manhattan, NY dentist, explains how this relatively inexpensive and increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can help you have the smile you want.
What is cosmetic dental bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that repairs damage and defects in your tooth enamel. Dr. Gorsky uses composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the damaged areas of your tooth enamel. Composite resin is similar to the spackle used in home repairs but for your teeth. It can be shaped to fill in any chip or indentation or reshape teeth, making it ideal for treating an assortment of cosmetic dental issues. Once the resin hardens or bonds — hence the name of the process — it will not only be as strong as your natural tooth enamel but it will be indistinguishable from it as well. Dr. Gorsky will choose a composite resin that is colored to match your tooth enamel so that the bonded area is never obvious.
What are the signs dental bonding may be necessary?
When you smile or talk or eat, chips in teeth, even small ones, may be noticeable. But bonding can be used to fill in these chips. It can also be used to protect the roots of teeth that may have been exposed due to gum tissue recession. This can cause heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. Without this protective layer of tissue, eating and drinking can become downright painful. Covering the roots with composite resin can decrease this sensitivity by protecting the roots from temperature changes, acids and bacteria.
Maybe you have one tooth that doesn’t look like the others? Sometimes a tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still in perfectly good shape otherwise. Bonding material can be used to change the appearance and color of the tooth, giving your smile a more uniform look..
Cosmetic bonding is also a good choice for removing small gaps between your teeth. Gaps in your teeth can trap food, making you feel self-conscious about the way your smile looks. Bonding is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to close those spaces and make eating easier.
While composite bonding doesn’t last quite as long as veneers, you should still be able to wear them for up to 10 years if you care for them properly. This means avoiding chewing on hard candy, ice cubes and other hard or sticky food that can crack your hardened composite material.
Cosmetic dental bonding in Manhattan, NY
Cosmetic dental bonding can give you the healthy smile you’ve always wanted! If you live in the Manhattan, NY area and want to discuss dental bonding or any other cosmetic or general dental procedure, you can count on Dr. Gorsky to help you keep your smile beautiful and healthy. His midtown Manhattan practice is conveniently located just a short walk from the 4, 5, 6, E, M, N, Q and R subway lines. He also has a new Larchmont dental practice for patients in that area. For a consultation with Dr. Gorsky about any other dental concern, please call 212.235.1769 or request an appointment online today!