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Bonding Specialist

Liana Smiles

Liana Stein, DDS

Dentist located in Staten Island, NY

A discolored smile or chipped tooth doesn’t always require major dental reconstruction to repair. At LianaSmiles in Staten Island, New York, Liana Stein, DDS, can repair your smile with a simple dental bonding procedure. Call or book an appointment online for more information on how dental bonding can restore your smile’s natural brilliance.

Bonding Q & A

What is dental bonding?

To repair discolored, chipped, or cracked teeth, Dr. Stein may recommend bonding, which involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin to your affected teeth. During the procedure, Dr. Stein applies the resin, shapes it, and uses a special light to harden the durable plastic.

Unlike veneers, which must be manufactured in a lab and require more than one visit, bonding can cover your cracked or discolored teeth in just one visit.

Why would I need dental bonding?

Bonding is a relatively simple dental procedure that can improve the appearance of your smile in just one visit. Dr. Stein may recommend bonding if you have:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Tooth gaps

A cheaper alternative to veneers, bonding is typically suggested if your concerns are minor, such as having a few yellowing teeth, a chipped tooth, or gaps in your teeth.

How is dental bonding done?

Unless you need anesthesia before filling in a decayed tooth, very little preparation is needed to get your teeth ready for bonding.

First, Dr. Stein will look at a shading guide to find the perfect color to match your tooth. Your teeth will then be coated in a solution to help the composite resin properly bond to your tooth.

Next, Dr. Stein will apply the resin to your tooth and mold it to give your affected tooth the correct shape before hardening it with ultraviolet light. Once the composite resin has hardened, Dr. Stein will refine the shape of the resin so it will look just like your other teeth.

How do I care for my mouth after treatment?

Composite resin is not as strong as your natural teeth. After the procedure, you may want to avoid:

  • Hard candy
  • Nail biting
  • Chewing on pencils or pens
  • Eating ice
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Drinking coffee

You should also brush and floss regularly. Without proper care, composite resin can crack or stain over time. Talk to Dr. Stein about how to care for your bonding treatment before returning home.

Call or book an appointment online with LianaSmiles today to learn more about dental bonding and to find out if you are a good candidate for the treatment.

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