Cosmetic Bonding Specialist

Carnegie Hill Dental Group

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

If you’ve ever chipped one of your front teeth, you know just how much that tiny imperfection can impact your smile. Fortunately, the experienced team of cosmetic dentists at Carnegie Hill Dental Group in New York City can fix chipped teeth — and a wide variety of other dental dilemmas — with a quick and highly effective cosmetic bonding treatment. If you’re ready to restore your beautiful smile, call their Upper East Side office or book an appointment online today.

Cosmetic Bonding Q & A

What is cosmetic bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is a quick, in-office procedure that uses a tooth-colored resin material, dental adhesives, and a high-intensity curing light to make one or more minor aesthetic improvements to your teeth. Because it’s faster and more cost-effective than veneers and crowns, bonding is an ideal treatment solution for a variety of smaller imperfections.

Cosmetic bonding, which gets its name from the way that the restorative resin material is securely bonded to the tooth, can be used to:

  • Repair a chipped or cracked tooth
  • Close wide gaps between teeth
  • Lengthen an abnormally short tooth
  • Correct uneven edges or shape
  • Whiten one or more discolored teeth

Although it’s most often used for cosmetic purposes, bonding may also be used to repair a broken tooth quickly, fix a minor bite alignment issue, or protect the root of a tooth exposed by receding gums.

What are the benefits of cosmetic bonding?

Bonding is one of the most cost-effective cosmetic dental procedures, and unless multiple teeth are involved, it can typically be completed in a single office visit.

Because the procedure removes very little tooth enamel, it’s also less invasive than getting veneers or a crown. In fact, unless the bonding resin is being used to fill a cavity, the procedure generally doesn’t require anesthesia.   

For patients who have several minor dental flaws, cosmetic bonding can be used to create a new smile; for patients affected by a mild to moderate oral injury, bonding can be used to re-create a smile, tooth-by-tooth.  

Cosmetic bonding can also be used as a transitional treatment to temporarily fix aesthetic dental issues until your time or budget allows for a more permanent dentistry solution.

If you’re a good candidate for bonding, Dr. Vohra or Dr. Mohamed helps you understand the corrective possibilities — as well as the corrective limitations — of the procedure so you can play an active part in planning your new smile.

How long does cosmetic bonding last?

Because it’s not as durable as other restorative materials, including those used in crowns, veneers, and traditional fillings, bonding generally lasts for about a decade before it needs to be restored or repaired.

The good news is that you can help your bonding treatment last longer by practicing good oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings and exams. Treating your teeth gently — wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night, don’t chew ice, and avoid using your teeth to open packages — can also help your cosmetic bonding last.

To learn more about the benefits of cosmetic bonding, call the office or book an appointment online today.