Dental Bonding Specialist

Jeffrey M Navre, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Westbury, NY

Dental bonding is a noninvasive cosmetic dental procedure designed to cover discoloration, stains, or imperfections in a tooth. Many patients find that dental bonding is the most cost-effective way to improve the aesthetic appearance of their smile and are highly satisfied with the results. Dr. Jeffrey M. Navre, a dentist, in Westbury, New York, offers professional dental bonding for your convenience. Transform your smile; take the first step by calling the office of Dr. Navre or using the handy online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Dental Bonding Q & A

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is the process of applying a resin to the surface of a tooth in an effort to repair or improve the appearance of your teeth.

When is dental bonding used?

Dental bonding has a variety of uses. Dr. Navre uses dental bonding to:

  • Repair decaying teeth or fill cavities
  • Repair teeth that are cracked, chipped, or broken
  • Cover discoloration to match the color of your other teeth
  • Correct gaps between your teeth that are either aesthetically displeasing or catching food
  • Lengthen or reshape teeth

Dental bonding can also be used to replace metal fillings for a more aesthetic appearance.

Does insurance cover dental bonding?

When dental bonding is used to fill cavities, repair broken or cracked teeth, or close a space that has caused problems, it may be covered by your insurance company. Dental bonding that is strictly cosmetic is generally paid for by the patient. The friendly staff at Dr. Navre’s office can assist you in planning for the cost of your care.

How long does dental bonding last?

The composite resin used in dental bonding is not as strong as your natural teeth, which means it’s more likely to:

  • Chip
  • Break
  • Stain

Dental bonding may need to be replaced after just a few years, or it may last 10 or more years depending on the nature of the composite filling and it’s exposure to wear and tear.

Who is a good candidate for dental bonding?

Cosmetic dental bonding is largely painless and noninvasive, which means that almost anyone who has concerns that can be addressed by this treatment is a good candidate. The most important aspect Dr. Navre considers when evaluating a patient’s eligibility is whether their expectations are well-aligned with the probable results.

In some cases, patients may need to take antibiotics or have other procedures (like root canal therapy) performed before dental bonding can be done.

What are my alternative options?

Your alternative options vary based on your treatment goal. Here are some examples:

  • Whitening: laser whitening or veneers
  • Reshaping: veneers
  • Repairing decay, chips, or cracks: dental crown, extraction of the tooth (not recommended in most cases)
  • Closing gaps: orthodontics, veneers, or crowns

Dr. Navre always ensures that you understand all of your treatment options before making a decision.