Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure designed to help perfect the shape and color of teeth that are misshapen, decayed, chipped, and discolored. The reason why it’s called, “bonding” is because artificial material is bonded to the tooth. It is one of the most affordable and convenient dental services available, as it can be performed in one visit unless there are multiple teeth involved. The procedure involves a tooth-colored composite material being applied to the tooth, shaped, hardened, and polished so it blends in with the rest of the tooth.
Many people prefer cosmetic dental bonding for several reasons:
- It’s a simple procedure that takes only takes one office visit, and takes between 30 and 60 minutes per tooth to complete.
- It’s affordable. The average cost is between $300 and $600 per tooth, but most insurance plans cover the cost of this procedure.
- Anesthesia is not necessary. The only reason anesthesia is used is to fill a decayed tooth.
- The lifespan of your bonding procedure is typically long. It is dependent upon the care you take of your teeth. The typical bonding material lasts up to about 10 years before needing to be touched up or replaced.
Dental bonding is used by cosmetic dentists at New City Family Dental to repair a variety of dental issues:
- To fill cavities. It is an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings.
- To repair decayed teeth.
- Repair chips or cracks in a tooth’s surface.
- To improve the appearance of decayed or discolored teeth.
- To close gaps in between teeth.
- To lengthen teeth and change their shape.
- To improve roots that are exposed when gums recede.
The procedure itself is relatively simple. Your dentist will apply a gentle phosphoric acid to the surface of your tooth. This is important because it makes the tooth’s surface more rough to help the bonding material stay in place. After that, the composite resin is applied to the tooth’s surface, shaped, and sculpted. A special light is used to allow the material to set and become solid. The final step is polishing and buffing the tooth for a smooth, unnoticeable finish.
One limitation to cosmetic dental bonding is that it is more susceptible to staining and chipping than more extensive forms of cosmetic dentistry. However, you can extend the life of your dental bonding by taking these steps:
- Cut down on substances that stain: coffee, tea, wine, etc.
- Think about quitting smoking, if you are a smoker. Not only does tobacco stain your teeth, but it significantly increases your risk of oral cancer and gum disease.
- Avoid chewing your nails or other hard objects that could chip or break your dental bonding.
The good news is that dental bonding can easily be repaired if something happens to it. Call your dentist if you notice sharp edges or your teeth don’t feel quite right when you bite down.
New City Family Dental Group works hard to make sure you have the smile you’ve always wanted. If you have a smile with cracked, discolored, or decayed teeth, call us today. Get in touch to meet our team, become part of the New City Family, and allow us to make your smile beautiful.