Dental bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, or misaligned.
What is Dental Bonding?
Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling “bonds” with your tooth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.
Tooth bonding can also be used for tooth fillings instead of silver amalgam. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than silver. Bonded fillings can be used on front or back teeth, depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.
Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and can usually be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, tell your doctor. The bonding can generally be easily patched or repaired in one visit.
Dental bonding vs. veneers—which one should I get?
Dental bonding and veneers are both used to fix broken teeth or cavities, they can also be used to improve the general look of healthy teeth. Veneers are applied to the entire front surface of the tooth, while bonding is only applied to a small portion. Both bonding and veneers can help improve your smile and adjust space.
In most cases, however, dental bonding is used for emergencies. If you have a cracked or fractured tooth, bonding is the quickest way to repair it and only requires one appointment. Bonding is a great solution for a quick fix for a small to moderate defect or cavity on your front tooth or teeth. Please keep in mind that veneers are an alternative solution and, while they take more time and upfront investment, provide a superior, longer-term cosmetic result.
How long does dental bonding last?
Dental bonding doesn’t last as long as veneers, but the application should last approximately ten years if you are taking proper care of your teeth. This means avoiding hard candy, ice cubes, and similar substances that can break down and crack the composite material. The length of the application is also affected by the area that was bonded, for example, an imperfect bite or grinding your teeth can cause the composite to break down faster.
If you have more questions about dental bonding or think it might be the right procedure for you, give us a call and we'll be happy to discuss further.