Could this quick, simple cosmetic procedure improve the look of your smile?
Accidents happen, and sadly even the smallest imperfections in our smile such as discolorations or chips can leave us feeling embarrassed about the way we look; fortunately, our Woodstock and New Paltz, NY, dentist, Dr. Heidi Wettels, believes that everyone can have beautiful smiles that they can feel proud of. If you are dealing with minor or even moderate cosmetic flaws then dental bonding might just do the trick.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a non-invasive technique in which our Woodstock and New Paltz cosmetic dentist can alter the shape, size, or color of a tooth, as well as close up small gaps between teeth. While it can be used to repair minor cracks or breaks in a tooth, bonding is usually cosmetic in nature.
What goes into getting dental bonding?
During bonding, we will apply a tooth-colored material, known as dental resin, over the imperfection and then mold the resin over it and shape it until it looks perfect. Before the resin is applied, we will make sure to choose a resin that most closely matches the shade of your tooth, so you won’t even be able to notice the resin once it’s on the tooth.
Before the resin is applied, we will apply a solution over the tooth that will roughen the outer surface so that the resin will stick. From there the resin is placed and shaped. The material is malleable, making it easy to mold and trim it. Once the resin is just right we will use a special light to harden the resin into place. A final polish of the tooth will ensure that the resin offers the same sheen as the rest of your natural tooth enamel. This process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour per tooth and it’s completely painless.
How long does dental bonding last?
Bonding can last up to eight years or more, depending on how well you care for your smile and maintain it; fortunately, when you come in for routine checkups every six months, our general dentist will be able to determine whether the area needs to be touched up or if new bonding resin needs to be applied.
If you are interested in getting dental bonding and are ready to talk to us about whether this is the right way to get the results you want, then call Dr. Wettels’ office today in New Paltz and Woodstock, NY.