Cosmetic Bonding Specialist

East Village Dental Center

Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in East Village, New York, NY

Cosmetic bonding is the most popular aesthetic dentistry procedure today. It’s an easy and affordable way to improve the appearance of teeth without surgery or recovery time. At 286 Madison Dental in Midtown Manhattan, the highly experienced cosmetic dentistry specialists offer dental bonding on-site. If you’re ready to restore a damaged tooth or improve your smile’s appearance dramatically, cosmetic bonding can help. Call the New York City office and speak with a friendly staff member or schedule your appointment with online booking.

Cosmetic Bonding Q & A

What is cosmetic bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is an aesthetic dentistry treatment used to restore or enhance the appearance of your teeth. 

With cosmetic bonding, your dentist shapes composite resin — a blend of glass or quartz particles and a resin base — to your tooth and then hardens it with a special curing light.

This material is the same used for aesthetic (white) fillings. Your 286 Madison Dental dentist custom mixes the resin at the time of your procedure, creating an exact match for your tooth color.  

When would I need cosmetic bonding?

There are a variety of reasons you might want cosmetic bonding, including:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Heavily discolored teeth

Cosmetic bonding can also improve the appearance of mildly misaligned teeth, such as slightly crooked incisors. In many cases, cosmetic bonding is an important part of a smile makeover that transforms your whole mouth. 

How does cosmetic bonding compare to porcelain veneers?

Cosmetic bonding and veneers can solve some of the same issues, but they take different approaches. The main differences are:

Cost 

Veneers are porcelain or porcelain composite rather than composite resin. Porcelain is a more costly material, which typically means that cosmetic bonding is less costly than veneers. 

Tooth preparation

Veneers require tooth preparation. That usually means removing a small quantity of tooth enamel. But, with composite resin bonding, you don't need to remove enamel. Your dentist roughens your tooth surface with a mild acid solution then paints a special adhesive agent onto your tooth. 

Time investment

In most cases, you can get cosmetic bonding in one day — usually in just 30-60 minutes per tooth. Veneers take longer because a dental lab produces the porcelain shells according to your tooth impressions. This means two separate visits to 286 Madison Dental. 

Porcelain veneers may last for 10 years or more with good care. Cosmetic bonding may have a shorter lifespan, but you can achieve maximum longevity from your bonding with regular teeth cleanings and optimal dental habits at home. 

Cosmetic bonding is an easy, one-appointment way to improve your smile. Learn more about cosmetic bonding by calling the 286 Madison Dental office or clicking the online appointment tool.