Dental Bonding Is an Inexpensive and Easy Way to Improve Your Smile
Dental bonding is one of the most effortless and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures. It is used to repair decayed, fractured, chipped, and discolored teeth in order to restore or improve your smile.
Dental bonding is a dental procedure in which a dentist applies a tooth-colored resin material (a long-lasting plastic material) and hardens it with a special, visible light. This ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth and betters the appearance of your teeth.
In Which Cases Should You Consider Dental Bonding?
You should consider dental bonding in the following cases:
- If your teeth are decayed (cavities are filled using composite resins)
- If your teeth are chipped or cracked
- If you want to improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- If you want to seal gaps between teeth
- If you want to make your teeth look longer
- If you want to change the shape of your teeth
- If you want to use a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
- If you need to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed in cases of gums recession
What Is the Procedure for Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding does not require a lot of advance preparation. Sedation is usually not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. The first step is to consult with your dentist so that you can discuss your treatment goals. Your dentist will use a shade guide to choose a composite resin that most closely matches the color of your tooth.
Your dentist will then slightly etch the surface of the tooth in order to roughen it. The tooth-colored, putty-like resin is then molded and smoothed until it is the proper shape. The material is then hardened with a special light or laser. Once it is hardened, your dentist will fit, shape and polish it.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is one of the most effortless and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures. In comparison to veneers and crowns, bonding can usually be done in one visit to your dentist if you need to repair a single tooth. Compared to veneers and crowns, another benefit is that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed during the process.
How to Take Care of Bonded Teeth?
Cigarette smoke, coffee, tea, and other substances can cause discoloration of the resin used in bonding. In order to prevent or at least minimize stains, you should avoid eating or drinking such foods and drinks for the first 48 hours after the procedure. After that, bonded teeth do not require special care. You should simply brush your teeth and floss regularly. Also, see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
How Long Does Bonding Material Last?
Bonding materials usually last from three to about ten years. After that period, they might need touching up or replacing. However, their lifespan depends on how much bonding was done and your oral hygiene practices and habits. It is important to avoid biting fingernails, chewing on hard foods and objects or using your teeth as an opener.
How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?
Depending on where you live, bonding can generally cost from $100 to $400 per tooth. You should check with your dental insurance company to find out if the cost might be fully or at least partially covered.
Dental bonding is an easy and inexpensive method to not only improve the overall appearance of your teeth, but also to build up your confidence with a pearly white smile.