Dental Bonding – What You Need to Know

Cosmetic_dentistryA lot of adults have minor imperfections in their teeth that may make them self-conscious. Dental bonding provides one of the most economical and least invasive ways known to cosmetic dentistry to correct issues such as chipped/crooked teeth, teeth with minor rotation or spacing issues or teeth with specific types of discoloration challenges.

While dental bonding has many advantages, it’s not a panacea, so it’s important to review what it can and can’t do for you.

Advantages of dental bonding

  • It’s inexpensive. Bonding usually costs only a few hundred dollars per tooth and insurance sometimes will cover part of the expense (especially if it is being done to fill a cavity).
  • It’s a very quick procedure. Dental bonding can usually be done in one visit and often takes no more than 30-60 minutes per tooth.
  • Oftentimes, no anesthesia is involved – sometimes not even an injection of a local anesthesia.
  • Bonding requires removal of less tooth enamel. Very little enamel is removed to add the bonding resin and shape the restoration for your tooth.

Disadvantages of dental bonding

  • It is less durable than other types of cosmetic dentistry restorations. If well cared for, the bonding can last a few years, but it will need to be revisted at some point for additional care.
  • It can look “different” compared to natural teeth or porcelain veneers. The composite resin used to make dental bonding materials is not translucent, thus it responds to light a bit differently and may be somewhat noticeable.
  • If you’re doing teeth whitening, you will need to whiten your teeth first – the tooth with the dental bonding treatment should have its shade matched to your whitened teeth, and not the other way around.
  • You must take good care of your teeth so the bonding material stays in place. Do not chew on pencils, ice or other hard objects, and do not use your teeth as “tools” to open things.
  • Bonding is not suggested for teeth that have large cavities or which have extensive structural damage.

“Dental bonding is one of cosmetic dentistry’s most effective bargains,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix. “It’s not right for everyone, so consult your cosmetic dentistry provider to see if it will work for you!”

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