For a kilowatt smile. If you don’t have the money to pay for your smile, it’s not possible. There are cheaper, less invasive treatments that can fill this void.
Enter: dental bonding. Have you ever heard of dental bonding? Marc Lowenberg, DDS, a cosmetic dentist, will guide us through the process. Find out everything you need to know about dental bonding and how it compares to veneers.
What is Dental Bonding?
Lowenberg explains that dental bonding is more commonly known as composite bonding. It involves attaching tooth-coloured material directly onto the tooth to improve the appearance and colour of stained or chipped teeth. Lowenberg states that dental bonding may even be able to correct crooked or chipped teeth in certain instances.
Dental bonding has many benefits.
- Enhances the colour of the teeth
- Enhances the teeth’s edges
- Cosmetic dentistry is the least invasive option
Lowenberg believes that dental bonding is the easiest form of cosmetic dentistry because it does not interfere with tooth structure. Bonding is the least invasive cosmetic dentistry procedure because it doesn’t require you to reshape your teeth. You can just add composite bonding to the existing tooth. Composite bonding can be used to change the tooth’s shape or colour for those who don’t want their tooth structure altered.
Lowenberg suggests that dental bonding can be used to restore damaged or minorly chipped teeth. Composite bonding can be used to restore a tooth’s normal shape if it is not too large. Composite bonding can be used to cover the entire tooth’s surface. This would allow you to alter the colour or build up the tooth’s surface.
Lowenberg also suggests dental bonding if your teeth are becoming brittle. He explains that composite bonding can be used to restore the tooth’s normal anatomy.
How to prepare for dental bonding
Dental bonding is not like other cosmetic procedures. Lowenberg says that a dentist can diagnose the problem and offer to fix the tooth structure using bonding or porcelain veneer. Bonding can often be performed in the office if it is the right fit.
What to expect during dental bonding
Dental bonding is not an oral treatment that requires local anaesthesia. Lowenberg says that it doesn’t hurt because the tooth structure has been treated with a chemical that allows the adhesive bonding work on the tooth. The actual treatment time depends on each patient’s needs. Lowenberg states that it all depends on the type of treatment you have had, such as how many teeth.
Dental Bonding vs Veneers
Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic procedure. It’s not a permanent solution. Lowenberg suggests veneers as a long-term solution to your oral problems. He explains that veneers are the best method to reproduce natural teeth. “Your dentist places a thin veneer made of pre-formed, custom-made porcelain directly on each tooth’s edges.” He says porcelain veneers can last between 10 and 20 years. It takes only two visits to the dentist to transform your smile.
Possible side effects
One of the biggest drawbacks to bonding is that it can discolour with time, and it easily chips. Lowenberg points out that bonding requires more maintenance than porcelain veneers. He adds that bonding in some applications can last longer than others, but composite bonding on the entire tooth’s surface usually won’t last more than two to 3 years.
Lowenberg believes dental bonding is affordable, as it enhances your smile’s appearance for less than a full set of veneers. This can cost upwards of $30,000 in some instances. It all depends on your financial plan. Lowenberg shared that bonding can cost anywhere from $400 to $1,000 per tooth. Before you multiply the cost of composite bonding by how many teeth you have, remember that it is not recommended for molars or teeth visible in talking and smiling.
After a dental bonding procedure, you must take care of your teeth. Not just right after the procedure, but every thereafter. Lowenberg states that you can’t use your teeth to chew, no matter if you are doing porcelain veneers or bonding. Lowenberg says, “You can’t open bottles with your teeth, bite your fingernails or do anything that could easily crack the bonding. It will crack.”
The Final Takeaway
Dental bonding is a great option if you want to improve the appearance of your smile or smoothen the edges of your teeth. Dental bonding can be difficult to use if you don’t have the time or aren’t careful about how you bite. It can also discolour, so only you can decide whether spending hundreds of dollars to get a better smile for a brief time is worth it. Do you want to spend a lot of money on your smile before a big event? Perhaps. Maybe. Maybe not. You can only decide.