Bonding: A Unified Front

Dental bonding is a relatively fast and economical cosmetic procedure to improve the overall appearance of teeth that may be stained, decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped. It is also an option for closing small gaps between teeth, elongating them, or altering their shape. Dentists often use it as tooth-colored filling for small cavities since it is more cosmetically appealing than silver fillings.

In dental bonding, a tooth-colored resin material is applied to your tooth and sculpted into shape. It is then cured with visible blue light, “bonding” the material to your tooth, and finally polished. The composite resin expands and contracts with the tooth, preventing any cracks and tooth loss over time.

The Procedure
Preparation
Together you and your dentist will select a composite resin color that closely matches your teeth.Your dentist will then apply a gentle phosphoric acid to the surface of your teeth, which etches and roughens the surface to help the bonding material stay in place.

The Bonding Process
The putty-like bonding material is then placed on the tooth’s surface, molded, sculpted, and smoothed into the desired shape. A special ultraviolet light or laser is used to harden and set that material. Finally, the composite is polished and buffed for a smooth finish that matches the rest of the tooth’s surface.

Advantages:

  • Cost. The average cost of dental bonding ranges from $300 to $600 per tooth. Many dental insurance plans cover most of the cost of bonding, particularly when it is done for structural reasons or to fill a cavity.
  • Speed. Unlike veneers, dental bonding typically requires only one office visit. The entire process can be accomplished in 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. You’ll leave with fully-hardened teeth and can eat or drink whatever you like right away!
  • Ease. Anesthesia is usually not necessary, unless bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Compared to veneers and crowns, dental bonding also requires the least amount of enamel removal.
  • Comfort. This process doesn’t hurt.

Disadvantages:

  • Can stain. Unlike crowns and porcelain veneers, dental bonding has a tendency to become discolored over time, making them stand out from your other natural teeth. Patients who make frequent use of coffee, tea, red wine, and cigarettes will likely want to choose a different cosmetic dentistry treatment.
  • Less durable. The material isn’t as strong and long-lasting as porcelain veneers and crowns. It can easily chip. With proper care, dental bonding can last three to seven years.

 

Selecting a Dentist
Because dental bonding requires some artistic skill for optimal cosmetic results, it’s important to select a dentist experienced with the procedure. Ask to see before and after photos of their previous dental bonding patients.

Dr. Arhiri at the Premier Smiles Dental Spa has extensive experience with bonding and can quickly and easily make you look like new again without causing too much damage to your budget. Call 610.647.7611 or email drarhiri@premiersmilespa.com to arrange a free consultation today.

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