Dental bonding could be a quick, simple, and economical option for those who wish to improve their smile by hiding tooth decays, gaps, and other imperfections. Depending on the individual’s need his cosmetic procedure could replace the more expensive and customized crown and veneer.
Dental Bonding Has Multiple Uses
Dental bonding repairs decaying tooth, covers chipped or cracked tooth, closes the space between teeth, makes the size and appearance of teeth more uniform, and protects those teeth with exposed roots.
Dental Bonding is Simple and Quick
Bonding is the cosmetic procedure of using a resin material that is applied to the original tooth and then molded into the desired shape. Dental bonding takes just 30 to 60 minutes to complete per tooth, and requires no anesthesia unless it is used to fill a decaying tooth. It also usually takes just one office visit to complete unless the bonding covers multiple teeth.
Advantages and Limitations
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry method, like veneers and crowns, but with several advantages over the latters. While crowns typically cost over a thousand dollars each, dental bonding is only a few hundred dollars per tooth. Crowns and veneers also require removing a larger portion of the original tooth enamel first, and involve local anesthesia.
However, dental bonding material is less stain resistant and the material does not last as long as that of a crown or veneer. The bonding could chip and break off if the patient is not careful, and thus is best for temporary relief, or for teeth under least pressure, such as the front teeth.
Nonetheless, dental bonding could last from three to ten years before it needs any repairing, depending on the type of food the person eats. So if you need any dental work, or are thinking about improving your smile, consider all options and ask if dental bonding is right for you.