Cosmetic Bonding in Poughkeepsie
A smile doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, but sometimes, minor imperfections can really take away from the impact of your otherwise confident grin. There is, however, a wonderful, non-invasive solution that can be completed in a single visit to your dentist’s office -- keep reading to learn about cosmetic bonding in Poughkeepsie from Dr. Larry Hamburg!
What Is Cosmetic Bonding?
Also known as dental bonding, cosmetic bonding is a non-invasive procedure that allows your dentist to add to missing or imperfect tooth enamel using biocompatible composite resin that is shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel.
Dr. Hamburg can improve the appearance of teeth affected by any number of cosmetic imperfections, including...
- Fixing chipped or broken teeth
- Evening out irregular teeth
- Improving the appearance of short or pointy teeth
- Smoothing pitted and grooved surfaces
- Covering up stubborn stains or discoloration
The composite resin used in dental bonding is the same material that fills a cavity with a tooth-colored filling. If you have a front tooth that is decayed or significantly damaged, you may benefit from the restorative and cosmetic solution provided by natural-looking bonding.
The Procedure for Cosmetic Bonding
To improve the appearance of a damaged or imperfect tooth with dental bonding, your cosmetic dentist in Poughkeepsie begins by cleaning the enamel. The surface should remain completely dry to ensure the composite resin bonds securely with the tooth, so special barriers are placed around the tooth to prevent saliva from entering the area.
Once the tooth has been prepared, the composite resin is placed to the affected area and sculpted into its most pleasing appearance. It has already been shaded to match the surrounding enamel at this point. After the resin has been sculpted, it is hardened within a couple of minutes underneath a special UV light.
If the resin is applied to the chewing or biting surface of a tooth, your dentist will have you bite down on a special paper a few times to make sure it fits with your dentition. Any final adjustments are made before the resin is polished -- and that’s it! Cosmetic bonding can last for many years with proper maintenance, including solid oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Bonding?
Most patients with minor imperfections affecting healthy teeth are eligible for dental bonding. If you have more significant cosmetic issues, porcelain veneers may better suit your needs. Smokers should also be aware that, because the composite resin is very porous, it will absorb the color of tobacco more quickly than your natural tooth enamel. Dr. Hamburg will help you understand your options and which may be best for your smile in a cosmetic consultation.
Book a Visit Today!
If you are interested in dental bonding and how it can improve the appearance of your imperfect smile, you are invited to get in touch with our office to learn more. Request an appointment with your dentist in Poughkeepsie, Dr. Hamburg, today!