Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that yields great results for improving the appearance of one’s teeth. It can help fix cracks, chips, or gaps in between teeth and is more budget-friendly than crowns or veneers. Our professionals here at Cicero Family Dental Care can discuss with you the specifics of bonding and if this would be useful for your dental needs.
How Is Tooth Bonding Done?
If a person has a crack or other cosmetic flaw that they would like fixed with their teeth, tooth bonding is an economical solution to the problem, unlike veneers, bonding is reversible and your tooth underneath is preserved. To complete the bonding process, our staff places a tooth-colored resin over the affected tooth to cover any damage. The resin eventually bonds to the tooth, so it remains in place.
What Is The Difference Between Bonding And Veneers?
When first comparing the two procedures, they seem quite similar on the surface. While both accomplish the same goal, how that goal is achieved is different. When a tooth is bonded, the procedure is not permanent. Should a person want the bonding material removed at a later time, they can with no issues. Bonding does not cause any damage to the original tooth. Veneers are not reversible. They may be sturdier than bonded teeth, but you cannot take them off if you change your mind because the enamel of your natural tooth was filed down so your veneer could be placed.
How Long Does Bonding Last?
The lifespan of tooth bonding can vary. Depending upon where the bonding is placed and the chewing habits of the patient, bonding can last 4-8 years. Front teeth that experience a great deal of biting and chewing will have a shorter lifespan.
Is Tooth Bonding Expensive?
Compared to other dental procedures, tooth bonding is quite inexpensive. The resin used does not cost as much as a crown or veneers. Tooth bonding can cost anywhere from $300-$600 per tooth. Prices will fluctuate based on the amount of resin being used and how much a person’s insurance will cover.
Does Tooth Bonding Hurt?
Bonding is a pain free procedure. Unless you are having other dental work performed at the same time, this procedure doesn’t even require numbing. You also do not have to worry about discomfort after the procedure is complete either. Having a tooth bonded is quite easy.
How To Take Care Of Bonded Teeth
Tooth bonding is not as sturdy as other forms of cosmetic repairs. The resin is also prone to stains from beverages and food. To keep your resin in the best shape, avoid foods like berries and drinks like coffee. Also, be aware of how hard you bite with your bonded teeth. Hard biting can cause damage to the bonding. Make sure that you also brush twice per day and floss at least once per day.
Tooth bonding is a great cosmetic alternative for restoring teeth that are cracked, chipped, or have spacing issues. Cicero Family Dental Care can discuss bonding in more detail with you and see if it is right for your dental needs. Call us today at (680) 688-6026 to schedule your consultation.