Cosmetic Bonding in Cortlandt Manor
Take a good look at your smile. See anything that bothers you? Perhaps you have one tooth that is slightly chipped or another that was injured and is now discolored. You might think to yourself, “Oh, it’s nothing. I shouldn’t let something so minor bother me.” Fortunately, we have the solution for just such minor annoyances. With cosmetic bonding, Putnam Valley dentist Dr. Taxin can fix those bothersome little flaws quickly.
Actually, you may already have some cosmetic bonding material in your mouth and not even know it. For cosmetic bonding, also known as dental bonding in Cortlandt Manor, we use composite resin materials, which is exactly what’s used for a tooth-colored filling. This material can be perfectly blended to match the color of your teeth.
And just as Dr. Taxin uses this composite resin material to fill a cavity, he similarly uses it to repair a tooth for a quick and affordable smile makeover. For this reason, dental bonding can be the ideal fix for a number of those minor smile imperfections including:
- Teeth that are chipped
- Slightly broken or fractured teeth
- Teeth that are stained or discolored and resistant to teeth whitening
- Irregularly spaced teeth or teeth with wide gaps between them
The Process of Cosmetic Bonding
Repairing a tooth with dental bonding is a rather simple and straightforward dental procedure. More than likely, you will not need a local anesthetic while Dr. Taxin repairs your tooth.
The procedure begins with placement of a rubber dam in order to isolate your tooth. This is done to shield the tooth from moisture, which can compromise the adhesive bond between the composite resin material and you tooth. Then, Dr. Taxin applies a mildly acidic solution to the surface of your tooth. This is done to roughen the surface of the tooth, thus making it more receptive to the adhesive. The solution is removed in less than half a minute and a liquid adhesive is placed on your tooth.
Dr. Taxin reshapes your tooth by applying a layer of the composite resin material and carefully sculpting it to the desired shape. This first layer is hardened with a special curing light and additional layers are applied until the desired shape is achieved. Finally, the material is polished to match the natural sheen of your teeth.
Caring for Your Cosmetic Bonding
While the composite resin material used to reshape your tooth is strong, it is not indestructible. For this reason, you’ll want to refrain from biting down hard on the bonding or using your repaired tooth to chew hard objects, such as nuts, candy and ice cubes.
You can clean your cosmetically bonded tooth just as you do your other teeth. Brush twice each day as usual and floss at least once a day. And be sure to schedule regular checkups with Dr. Taxin to keep your smile healthy and bright.
We can give you back your radiant smile! Call our dental office today and schedule an appointment for cosmetic bonding with Dr. Taxin. Our Cortlandt Manor practice serves patients from the surrounding areas of Mohegan Lake, Yorktown Heights, Ossining, Putnam Valley, Peekskill, Montrose, Cold Spring, and beyond.