Do you have one or more chipped teeth, gaps between your teeth, or other minor concerns about the appearance of your smile? You might think that fixing these would be expensive and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. Dental bonding is a quick, inexpensive way to fix many small smile problems. It can be completed in just one visit at a fraction of the cost of other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
What Dental Bonding Can Do for You
Dental bonding is a versatile cosmetic dentistry procedure that can be used to address many concerns people have about their smile. With dental bonding, we can address:
- Chipped, worn, or broken teeth
- Small teeth
- Poorly shaped teeth
- Gaps between teeth (diastema)
Dental bonding is most commonly used to address teeth that are chipped, worn, or broken. As a cosmetic extra to emergency dentistry, bonding’s speed makes it a great choice for smile repair–no one needs to know that your smile was damaged.
Dental bonding can be used to address small or poorly shaped teeth. For example, it can make retained baby teeth larger or give peg laterals a more normal appearance.
Dental bonding can be used as an alternative to orthodontics or veneers in closing a gap between your teeth, called a diastema. This isn’t a tooth replacement option like a dental implant or bridge.
Benefits of Bonding
Dental bonding is a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure because it’s versatile and it offers many benefits, like:
- Complete in one visit
- Noninvasive–preserves natural teeth
One of the biggest benefits of dental bonding is that it can be completed in one visit. You come in, we apply the bonding,cure it, and you’re done. This may take as little as half an hour–very fast!
Bonding is also inexpensive, a fraction of the cost of ceramic restorations.
While veneers and crowns require removing a substantial amount of tooth material to make room, bonding can be applied with just a little bit of roughening of the surface. This makes it the perfect cosmetic dentistry choice for people with dental anxiety, although sedation dentistry can also help.
Because bonding doesn’t require us to change your teeth, it’s also largely reversible. Don’t like the look, and we can remove the bonding, polish your teeth, and you’re back to where you started. This makes it a great way to “try out” cosmetic dentistry before investing in something more expensive like veneers.
And, of course, dental bonding delivers very attractive initial results. With polishing, bonding looks very much like natural tooth enamel.
Limitations of Bonding
Dental bonding is great in the right situations, but it’s not always the best choice, because it does have significant limitations.
- Doesn’t last as long as long as other alternatives
- Not strong enough for some situations
- Can lose its polish
- Vulnerable to staining
The biggest limitation of dental bonding is that it doesn’t last as long as veneers or crowns. In part that’s because it’s not as strong, so it can break or wear down. It may not be strong enough to be used in some cases.
Plus, the appearance of veneers can degrade over time. If it loses its polish, it can gain a dull luster that doesn’t look as natural, and it can pick up stains from foods and beverages–just like natural teeth. But unlike natural teeth, dental bonding doesn’t respond to teeth whitening.