If you need minor smile improvements, dental bonding is a great option to consider. Dental bonding is a simple, convenient, and cost-effective way to improve the look of your teeth and protect them from future damage if a tooth has a chip or crack. We receive questions about our dental bonding procedure fairly often, so we have provided a list of common questions we receive and the valuable information we can offer concerning our bonding practices.
What is bonding?
Bonding is a malleable substance that we apply to the teeth in order to repair the damage. By using a tooth-colored composite resin material that blends in with nearby teeth, bonding can treat decayed, cracked, chipped, discolored, or uneven teeth to make them look shapelier and more attractive. In some cases, bonding can act as an alternative to silver amalgam fillings. We can apply bonding in one visit right at our office.
What are the benefits of dental bonding?
Bonding is one of the easiest cosmetic improvements available and is also generally incredibly affordable. We can shape the composite resin substance bonding consists of to fit into the crevices of teeth and polish it to match the appearance of surrounding teeth. While we normally use bonding to improve minor imperfections, we can also use it to fill in large gaps between teeth or to change the length of a tooth. If a patient has an exposed root, we can use bonding to improve sensitivities by covering the vulnerable area.
Is dental bonding easy to care for??
Dental bonding is easy to care for, but it can stain if not brushed and flossed properly. The biggest culprits of staining are coffee, smoking, wine, and dark-colored fruits or juices. The bonding will especially be vulnerable to staining up through the day after it is applied. To help avoid staining, care for teeth properly and visit a dentist for a cleaning and check-up at least twice a year.
How long does dental bonding last?
Many patients have had their dental bonding intact and in an attractive state for 10-15 years or more. Another great aspect of dental bonding is that it is very easy to add on to or replace if it wears down or becomes stained.
How much does dental bonding cost?
In most cases, depending on how much bonding is necessary, it can cost around $100-$400 per tooth. Most dental insurance companies help with the cost of bonding since it is so often an effective method to protect teeth from future damage. A plus is that it improves the appearance of your smile, too.
We hope these questions and our answers have helped to explain the ease and importance of dental bonding. If your teeth need minor work or cosmetic improvements, visit our office to learn more about our bonding and to help you achieve a perfect smile.
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