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Cosmetic Dental Bonding in Manhattan

NYC Center for Dental Implants offers cosmetic bonding services as part of our practice in Manhattan. Dental bonding is often used in cosmetic procedures, either as a standalone service or in combination with other treatments. Bonding refers to the use of a resin material that is then heated and cured to form a particular shape, fill in an area, or serve as an agent for another surface to adhere to permanently. There are two primary types of bonding you’ll see done in our practice; they are referred to as direct and indirect dental bonding.

Direct vs. Indirect Dental Bonding

While bonding in general is used to repair damage or decay to your chipped teeth, there are two main forms of dental body: Indirect and direct bonding. Composite resin is used in both forms of bonding, but from there each form of bonding follows a different procedure.

Direct Dental Bonding

Direct dental bonding takes place when tooth colored fillings (composite restorations) are placed on the affected teeth so that they return to their original state (whether in size, shape, or color.) The direct dental bonds, as the name suggests, is placed directly on your tooth by our dentists and then shaped to look as aesthetically pleasing as possible before being left to “dry.” This form of bonding is preferred for teeth towards the front of your mouth, since they’re easiest to place and provide the most visually appealing final results. And since no lab appointment is required, the process happens much more quickly.

Indirect Dental Bonding

For indirect dental bonding, there is a lab appointment required, where the fillings need to be created and then “dried.” We will need an impression of your teeth, which is used by the dental technician to make the bonding onto the replica (“indirectly”), before being sent back to your dentist for the dentist for the actual bonding. This process is used more commonly for teeth towards the back of your mouth to keep shrinking to a minimum, as well as for larger restorations.

Other Solutions

For more permanent, durable solutions, we may recommend other kinds of dental work, depending on the desired results. If you are interested in learning more about our cosmetic procedures, or you would like to know more about what is involved in a complete smile makeover, we’d love to hear from you. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment or a consultation. We’ll talk you through all the available options and help you set a course for treatment. You’ll be on your way to a new and improved smile in no time!