Dental binding, or tooth bonding, is an excellent option for correcting a number of minor dental concerns quickly and conveniently, and for improving overall appearance of a patient's smile. Dental bonding is a great alternative to more extensive and more costly cosmetic dentistry treatment such as porcelain veneers, bridges, and crowns.
Dental Bonding can be used to fill gaps or close spaces between teeth, lenghthen small teeth, restore chipped or broken teeth, replace silver amalgam fillings, repair misaligned teeth, protect teeth from further damage repair imperfections in a patient's smile
Dental bonding utilizes a moldable plastic, called resin, to cover existing teeth or replace missing part of the tooth structure. Once the resin hardens and bonds to the existing tooth, it blends in and looks very natural.
Dental Bonding Procedure
Like most dental procedures, your appointment would start with an examination and any necessary teeth cleaning. This is followed by your dentist preparing the particular tooth or teeth, applying a very mild etching solution that slightly roughens the surface of the teeth (so the resin bonding material can adhere properly with a very strong bond). The dentist then selects a composite resin (dental bonding material) that matches the natural shade of your teeth, and the resin is carefully applied to the tooth, where it is shaped and molded to cover the affected teeth or replace missing tooth structure. Often this procedure is repeated, with your dentist applying multiple thin layers, and so the entire procedure could take more than an hour. A high intensity light will be aimed at the sculpted bonding material, quickly turning it hard and durable. Once hardened, the bonded restorations are very strong, and will look and feel very much like natural teeth. Finally, all new surfaces are smoothed and carefully polished.
Teeth bonding can usually be completed in one office visit, depending on the extent of repair needed. Even if treatment needs to be performed over two or more visits, you will be pleased to notice a significant difference in your smile after the first treatment. A cosmetic dentist can work out an individual plan for your dental bonding needs after a consultation and initial dental examination.
How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
Bonding is considered a permanent tooth restoration, but that does not mean it will always last forever. Estimates on average lifespan vary from five to twelve years. Often new bonding can be used to repair a damaged portion of the bonding restoration, and the entire restoration can always be replaced if necessary.
Cost of Dental Bonding
Financing for cosmetic dentistry procedures is a primary concern among patients. For dental tooth bonding, the cost varies depending on the number of teeth that are repaired and the area of the country in which the procedure is performed. Many insurance carriers cover teeth bonding, particularly if it is done for structural reasons. Some cosmetic dentists also have financing plans available for patients, so a procedure like tooth bonding can be affordable to patients of all financial backgrounds.
If you want to find out more about dental bonding and other cosmetic dentistry services, please call our ofice at (719) 597-6300 to schedule a consultation.