Dental bonding is a faster and less expensive alternative to dental veneers or crowns; therefore it can be an improved option for small cosmetic improvements to your teeth. This restoration procedure bonds and cures a tooth-colored resin to the natural tooth with an ultraviolet light. Since there is no custom work required by a laboratory, unlike veneers and crowns, dental bonding can be completed within one visit to our Schenectady family and cosmetic dental practice. It requires less removal of the tooth enamel, an additional bonus compared to veneers and crowns. However, bonding is less resistant to stains and will not last as long as other forms of dental restoration, therefore it is used more frequently to improve small cosmetic touch ups rather than major restorations.
How it’s done
The patient should expect a bonding procedure to take between 30 to 60 minutes of completion time for each tooth. Dr. Thomas J. Merten and his team will determine your exact tooth shade and color for the match that will blend naturally. Once the shade matching is complete, Schenectady dentist Dr. Merten will prepare the tooth for an easier bond with the bonding material. This involves roughening the surface of the affected tooth and applying a liquid conditioner. Then, Dr. Thomas Merten will apply the resin to the tooth and cure it in place using an ultraviolet light. Finally, Dr. Merten will apply the finishing touches by shaping and polishing the resin for a good fit.
If you live in Schenectady, NY and are wondering whether you are an ideal candidate for dental bonding then please feel free to give Dr. Thomas J. Merten and his team a call at (518) 374-0780, or visit our appointment request page by clicking here.