Dental Bonding in Locust Valley
See how Locust Valley Dentists creates natural and beautiful smiles
As an experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Koster skillfully applies and sculpts cosmetic bonding to help patients achieve dramatic improvements in their smiles. At Locust Valley Dentists, we use cosmetic bonding to:
- Smooth sharp and jagged tooth edges
- Fill small gaps between teeth
- Improve the color of stained teeth
- Fix small chips and strengthen cracked teeth
What is Dental Bonding?
A dental bonding procedure can be restorative or part of cosmetic dental procedures that seek to enhance the shape, size, or gaps in teeth without the need for implants or permanent changes to them.
Dental bonding uses a special type of material that is stronger than the composite resin used to fill small cavities and is matched to your exact shade of teeth to look as natural as possible. If you have a broken tooth or chipped teeth, cosmetic tooth bonding can quickly and easily strengthen your teeth against future damage while enhancing the look and function of a bonded tooth.
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Types of Tooth Bonding Procedures
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Sometimes, specific tooth stains or misshapen (but functional and healthy) teeth can benefit from a bonding procedure to help erase signs of specific staining or to fill in gaps in otherwise healthy teeth.
For people looking to address generally discolored teeth across their mouth, we usually don’t recommend bonding, as this is more of a “spot” treatment rather than something like porcelain veneers that can provide a bright, white, symmetrical smile throughout the whole mouth.
Restorative Dental Bonding
In many cases, dental bonding procedures are used to create the appearance of a normal smile following an accident or injury that chips, cracks, or breaks a tooth. Bonding material strengthens and re-shapes the injured part of the tooth (or teeth) with a quick and easy in-office procedure that doesn’t require a lot of aftercare.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Compared to other cosmetic treatments, bonding has several key benefits and advantages:
- Quick and easy – your treatment will likely take less than an hour
- Fast results – you’ll see improvements in your smile immediately!
- Amazing look and feel – the composite resin used in bonding treatments looks and feels like a natural tooth
- Cavity repair – small cavities may be filled with dental bonding instead of a traditional filling
Cosmetic bonding requires a healthy “foundation.” Before recommending a bonding treatment, Dr. Koster will ensure that your teeth are healthy and strong. But small issues like minor chips and cracks are no problem. In fact, cosmetic bonding actually strengthens the tooth against further damage!
During your bonding treatment, Dr. Koster will carefully apply the bonding to your tooth, ensure it matches the color of your natural teeth, and then make the dental bonding material adhere to your teeth by using a powerful UV light. She’ll make any final adjustments necessary and that’s all there is to it!
Dental Bonding FAQs
Can you whiten bonded teeth?
The dental resin used in tooth bonding doesnt respond to teeth whitening products because the process that causes stains on your natural teeth is different than what causes stains on the bonded part.
Does baking soda whiten bonded teeth?
You should not try to use baking soda to whiten bonded teeth, as the material is highly abrasive and can damage the glaze of the resin.
Can you eat with bonded teeth?
Absolutely. The point of tooth bonding is to restore teeth to their natural function and strength, helping you eat as normal.
Does tooth bonding break easily?
No, however the resin used in dental bonding is not nearly as strong as a porcelain or metal dental device, nor as strong as your natural tooth enamel.
Can you remove bonding from Teeth?
If dental bonding needs to be removed, it must be sanded down using a special type of sandpaper.
Can bonding be done on crowns?
While its technically possible to add bonding materials to a crown, the process requires additional steps compared to bonding natural teeth.
Does tooth bonding look natural?
Absolutely! No matter which tooth needs bonding, whether visible or not-so-visible, Dr. Koster works meticulously to ensure both the shape and color are perfect matches to your natural teeth.
How do you clean teeth bonding?
In short, just like normal teeth. Tooth bonding material is strong and can help protect chipped or cracked teeth for years to come with routine care.
How long does teeth bonding last on front teeth?
With good care, tooth bonding can last up to 10 years before potentially needing to be replaced.
Is bonding a filling?
Bondings and fillings are similar procedures and use similar steps to address an issue. However, fillings are for addressing a medical concern whereas bonding tends to be a cosmetic procedure.
How does tooth bonding work?
The bonding material will be soft at first, able to be manipulated by your dentist to create the most natural-looking shape and position possible. Then, they will use a UV light to set or cure the material so it becomes nearly as hard as natural teeth.
Is bonding good for your teeth?
Both cosmetic and restorative bonding are perfectly healthy for your teeth. In fact, they restore a confidence-boosting smile or help your teeth function as normal.
Meet Dr. Koster
Thanks to her work at many of Manhattan’s top cosmetic dental practices, Dr. Adrianne Koster has seen how a whiter smile can improve her patients’ appearance and self-confidence. She helps her patients achieve outstanding results and smiles that are healthy and beautiful.
Dr. Koster has been named a “Top New York Dentist” every year since 2016 based on her:
- Attention to detail and skill
- Warm, caring, and attentive rapport with patients
- Emphasis on her patients’ happiness and comfort
- Continued study of the latest dental technology
- Passion for changing lives through cosmetic dentistry
Is Locust Valley Dentists right for you?
We start every appointment by listening to you. You’re encouraged to share any concerns about how your smile looks or feels. We’ll answer your questions and review the cosmetic treatment options available to you, including dental bonding.
We’ll talk about:
- Common misconceptions people have about cosmetic bonding
- How cosmetic bonding compares to veneers and other treatment options
- How to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come
If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist, don’t worry.
At Locust Valley Dentists, we are known for being gentle, warm, and friendly. This will be the most relaxing and comfortable dental experience of your life! To decrease anxiety during treatment we offer our patients:
- Convenient office hours to fit the busiest schedules
- There’s never any stress or judgment here
- Our modern, calm, and relaxing office is one of a kind
- Learn how bonding can improve your appearance and health
No Insurance? No problem.
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, you can still get the picture-perfect smile you’ve always wanted! At Locust Valley Dentists, we work with our patients and offer a variety of financing options. Wondering how much your cosmetic bonding treatment will cost? We’re here to answer all of your questions.
Insurance & Financing
For your cosmetic bonding treatment, our office is able to work with many PPO insurance providers.
Our friendly front office team will help you file your claim and maximize your insurance benefits. If you don’t see your provider listed or if you have questions about payment options, contact our office to learn more.
" The doctors and staff at this office are amazing! Some of the nicest people you can hope to meet, and the dental work that I received was phenomenal. The office is inviting, and the care that is taken to make sure things are done correctly is top tier. Great experience. "
- Roger V.
"Dr. Koster has done extensive dental work for me over the years. She is both kind and caring. She is thorough in her work and takes the time to explain in detail what she is doing. Her compassionate nature has a calming effect during her work. "
" Both my daughter and I have been patients of Dr Koster's and we couldn't be happier. She has a gentle demeanor and is super thorough. She shows genuine concern for our teeth and gives us advice on what to keep doing/do more of to keep them healthy. Her office staff are really nice too. I am grateful to be in their good hands. "
- Dawn C.