Teeth Bonding

Popper Dental

Periodontists & Prosthodontists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Do you want whiter, healthier looking teeth, but you don’t want to invest in time-consuming dental cosmetics? If so, investigate tooth-colored bonding with Popper Dental, located on the Upper East Side of New York City. Cosmetic teeth bonding is an inexpensive, efficient, and natural-looking alternative procedure that the Popper Dental team can complete in just one visit. To find out more, call Popper Dental or request an appointment online today.

Teeth Bonding Q & A

What is teeth bonding?

Teeth bonding is a process during which a dentist applies a tooth-colored composite resin to your teeth. When it bonds with your tooth, the resin repairs and covers fractures, chips, decay, or discoloration. Bonding can also address misshapen teeth.

Teeth bonding is an inexpensive and efficient alternative to veneers, which require multiple visits to put in and a customized mold created in a laboratory.

Should I choose teeth bonding or veneers?

Teeth bonding is a great option for many people. In some circumstances, though, veneers are the right choice.

First, if you’re looking for a permanent solution, choose veneers, because they have better longevity than tooth-colored resin. Likewise, if stain resistance is your priority, veneers are a better option for you. This is because the veneers are made from porcelain, which is non-porous and doesn’t let as many stains in.

Finally, composite resin isn’t as strong as natural teeth, so veneers may be the superior choice if you’re concerned about the possibility of chipping or damaging your teeth.

How does teeth bonding work?

If you’re interested in teeth bonding, you can get it all done in one visit at Popper Dental. During the visit, your dentist starts by using a shade guide to choose the composite resin color that best matches your natural tooth shade.

Once they select your color, they gently etch or abrade the surface of your tooth, then lightly coat it with a conditioning liquid. This helps the bonding material stick to your teeth. 

The bonding material, which they apply next, is a putty-like resin that they mold and smooth until it looks natural. Once they’ve achieved the right look, your dentist hardens the bonding material with a laser or ultraviolet light.

To complete the procedure, they shape it a bit more and trim it, and polish it until it shines like the rest of your teeth. For one tooth, the process takes just 30 minutes.

How do I keep bonded teeth looking bright?

To keep your bonded teeth looking as good as the day you had them treated, first, avoid food and drink that can stain your teeth. This is especially important during the first 48 hours after the composite resin application.

In addition, you should avoid smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco. Also, always make sure to brush and floss your teeth, and visit Popper Dental for a cleaning on a regular basis. To avoid chipping or damaging the bonded layer on your teeth, don’t chew on ice, your fingernails, pens, or the like. 

If you want to improve the appearance of your teeth, consider cosmetic teeth bonding. To find out if it's the right path for you, schedule an appointment with the professionals at Popper Dental. To set up your visit, call the office or use the online booking tool today.