Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile because of one or two small imperfections? If so, then dental bonding might be right for you.

Dental bonding, also known as tooth bonding, is a quick and cost effective way to address a number of cosmetic and general dental problems. Tarrytown dentist Dr. Wanda Mejia can use dental bonding to improve the appearance of teeth that are:

  • Irregularly sized or shaped
  • Slightly crooked or gapped
  • Discolored

She can also use this treatment to protect roots exposed by receding gums and to strengthen and protect teeth that are:

  • Weakened by decay or large fillings
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken

How dental bonding can serve your needs is best determined during your appointment with our experienced Tarrytown cosmetic dentist.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mejia, please contact Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown online or call (914) 332-4402.

About Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is able to serve a number of purposes without requiring much tooth preparation. Made of composite resin that can be colored and molded to fit seamlessly into your smile, it requires little more than a slight roughing of enamel prior to placement. This allows dental bonding to produce remarkable results while still protecting the integrity of your tooth.

It is applied in layers and hardened with a special light in between. After the final layer has been applied, our Tarrytown cosmetic dentist will sculpt and polish the bonding to produce a completely natural looking end result. This process can be completed in a single office visit.

Benefits of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a popular procedure because it is:

  • Versatile
  • Quick
  • Cost-effective

Dental bonding can be used for many different common cosmetic complaints. It can treat a single tooth or several teeth at once.

Because dental bonding can be completed in a single visit, it’s often the procedure of choice for correcting chipped teeth in an emergency. Sometimes this is just a short-term fix until a longer-term restoration can be placed.

And, of course, dental bonding is a less expensive treatment for these common cosmetic problems. It can cost a fraction of the price for ceramic restorations. This makes it seem like a good treatment for people with a tight budget.

Limitations of Dental Bonding

Although dental bonding can be a good treatment, it also has several limitations that may mean it’s not right for you. Dental bonding can:

  • Stain
  • Wear away
  • Lose its polish
  • Debond from teeth

All these limitations mean that dental bonding won’t give results that last as long as other restorations, especially when the bonding is placed on the biting surface of a tooth.

For longer-lasting results, people may prefer porcelain veneers or dental crowns. During your appointment Dr. Mejia will carefully assess your smile, discuss all of your options, and help you determine if dental bonding is right for you.

To schedule an appointment with our experienced Tarrytown cosmetic dentist, please contact us today. Dr. Mejia serves Westchester County, New York from our conveniently located Tarrytown office.