Dental Bonding – Is it Something I Need?

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Dental bonding is a rather special cosmetic dental procedure.  It involves a process of bonding tooth-colored resin to your teeth in order to cover up or correct imperfections.  It helps improve the appearance of your teeth and make teeth stronger while also correcting problems such as chipped or discolored teeth and can provide bright, white beautiful teeth.    It also can also help fill in unwanted gaps between teeth.  Dental bonding can help re-form teeth that are misshaped and uneven, giving them a longer, even appearance. 

How is it done?

Dental bonding is done in a relatively short time (typically about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth).  You will begin by first choosing the shade of white that you would like for your teeth.  Your dentist will help you in this process by suggesting the shade that is best suited to your teeth. The procedure begins by roughing the tooth a bit and applying a liquid that will help the bonding material to stick to your tooth.   Your dentist will then apply the resin, which is a putty-like substance, to your tooth, shape and sculpt it to its desired form.   The resin is hardened by using an ultraviolent light or laser. Your dentist will then smooth and buff it to best match your other teeth.

How does it compare to other cosmetic dental procedures?

Dental bonding is one of the most convenient and affordable cosmetic dental procedures.   It is quick, pain free, and requires no down time. Bonding is a much easier process than veneers and crowns, which must be fabricated in a special lab then applied to your teeth at another visit.  Veneers and crowns also require the removal of more enamel from your teeth versus dental bonding.

With dental bonding, only a small amount of enamel is scrapped off the tooth surface.  Anesthesia is not required for dental bonding unless the purpose of the bonding is to fill a cavity.

It is important to note that while dental bonding has plenty of advantages, it also has a couple of drawbacks.  Bonding is not quite as strong as veneers and crowns and it is possible to chip a bonded tooth as well.   Be sure and talk to your dentist which procedure would be the best for your particular situation.   Some dentist recommend dental bonding only for areas that are subject to low amounts of pressure, such as your front teeth only.  This is why it is important to discuss any questions or concerns with your dentist before choosing what option is best for you.

How do I care for my teeth after bonding?

The beauty of bonded teeth is that they do not require any different dental hygiene care other than what you’ve been accustomed to.  A normal oral hygiene routine consisting of brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and having regular dental cleaning and checkups will keep your bonded teeth well maintained.  However, it is important to steer clear of actions that might put your teeth at risk for chipping, such as chewing on ice, hard candies, chewing your fingernails, etc.  These activities create problems for regular teeth and place you at a higher risk for chipping or breaking a bonded tooth.

How much does it cost to have dental bonding?

The typical cost of dental bonding is between $100-$400 per tooth, however prices can vary based on where you live.  It is best to check with your dentist on what their price is before you commit to any procedure.  If you have dental insurance, be sure to call your insurance provider and check to see if bonding is covered under your plan.  Certain insurance plans may cover bonding, depending on the reason for the bonding.   It is important to confirm your particular coverage with your provider before beginning the procedure.  If you do not have insurance coverage, ask your dental office if they have a payment plan or some type of financing available.

If you have any questions, please contact Cosmetic Dentist in Boca Raton at (561) 232-2070.  Our team of professionals at Cosmetic Dentist in Boca Raton would be happy to answer any questions about dental bonding or any other dental need you might have!