Did you know that smiling can lower your heart rate, reduce stress, and even improve your overall mood? These are just a few of the health benefits of smiling, not to mention that a great smile really leaves a positive impression on others around you. But, if you have chipped, broken, or stained teeth talk to your dentist about dental bonding which is a great way to restore your smile, and its one of the less expensive options available today.
Let’s take a closer look at dental bonding and its benefits.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding, also known as tooth bonding, is a cosmetic dental procedure that allows you to restore or improve the look of your teeth by concealing minor defects. This procedure consists of applying a tooth-colored, composite resin material to your tooth and curing it with a high intensity light. This process bonds the material to your existing tooth and is ideal for small chips, breaks, small cavities and discolorations. Dental bonding is also commonly used as a means of providing protection to the root of a tooth, which can sometimes become exposed to periodontal disease or when the gums recede. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “Bonding is a relatively inexpensive way to make minor dental repairs.”
There are two forms of dental bonding, each with their own benefits and disadvantages. The first is Direct Composite Bonding. With this method, the composite resin is applied directly to your existing tooth and sculpted to the right shape. The second common type of bonding is called Adhesive Bonding. Instead of applying a composite resin and curing it directly to your tooth, Adhesive Bonding is attaching a restoration directly to your tooth. The methods are very similar but have different uses. Direct composite bonding is typically used for very small cavities and gaps between teeth, while adhesive bonding is used for esthetic crowns, bridges, inlays, on-lays, and porcelain veneers.
How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
Depending on where dental bonding is applied in your mouth the answer to this can vary. On average, dental bonding should last 3-4 years. The resins that are used in dental bonding are more susceptible to cracking and breaking than your teeth, so it is important to avoid biting on certain materials. For example, your nails or ink pens. Either of these is certain to cause damage to your new look and may require that you head back to the dentist. The resins will also stain over time and are not affected by whitening products. Also, note that crowns, veneers, and fillings are stronger restorative options than dental bonding, and it may not be the right solution for your situation.
There are a variety of benefits to tooth bonding as well as veneers. As mentioned earlier, dental bonding is primarily used as a cosmetic procedure for minor imperfections. Veneers, however, are a better solution for concealing more prominent flaws. Veneers also require a great deal of preparation and multiple visits to your dentist before they are fully in place. Some of the benefits of porcelain veneers are that they are less likely to change over time and that they are generally good for decades. Tooth bonding is not only more convenient, often being completed in one visit, but it is also more affordable than veneers, and often it is covered by your insurance. Although the resins are likely to stain over time, and you will need to have them repaired every 3-4 years, they are often the most attractive option. Your dentist will be able to help you decide what the best option for you is.
How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?
Again, the answer to this question will vary depending on your needs. If you have several repairs that are needed, or if you have other procedures that are needed prior to the dental bonding, your costs can go up. Many times, these procedures are covered by your dental insurance. The average cost for a dental bonding procedure typically runs between $90 and $400 per tooth. This will also vary by the service provider and any insurance that may offset that cost.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for dental bonding procedure in Beverly Hills please contact us.