What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding for cosmetic dentistry is a resin-based material that is used to correct small defects like small chips, gaps or stains. Before it is cured with a special light, it is easily shapeable, providing a fast and relatively easy way to correct or cover small flaws. Larger areas or more intensive problems like missing teeth or large gaps will probably require porcelain veneers or dental implants.
What other dental problems will dental bonding correct?
- Chipped, broken or cracked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Teeth with gaps or spaces
- Teeth which are uneven in length
- Slight crookedness or misalignment
Teeth bonding is also used for filling cavities, especially on front teeth. In this instance, it is known at a white or composite filling. For aesthetics and durability, they are a viable alternative to metal fillings.
How does the bonding procedure work?
Dental bonding can be done in just one office visit because it requires no molds to be made and no use of a dental laboratory.
First, a mild etching solution will be applied to the surface of the tooth, allowing the bonding material to adhere, and a thin plastic material applied. Then the bonding is placed on the tooth and molded to the desired shape.
Next, a high-intensity light is used to cure, or harden the bonding so that it's now part of your tooth. To complete the procedure, Dr. Evola might do a little touch-up work and then polish the tooth until it looks like the other teeth around it. The process takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes per tooth.
Do bonded teeth require special care?
Yes, just a bit more than natural teeth. You should continue with a good hygiene plan that includes regular brushing and flossing and of course, regular check-ups with your dentist. Teeth bonding can chip and stain so you should avoid biting your nails or other hard objects as well as smoking or excessive coffee or cola drinking, if at all possible.
How long will the bonding materials on my teeth last?
On the average, bonding on teeth can last from seven to eleven years. It could be shorter or longer time depending how much bonding material was used and how you take care of your teeth.
How much does dental bonding cost?
Dental bonding can cost anywhere from $100 to $600 per tooth. Depending on the reason for bonding, your insurance may cover all or a portion of the expense. We'll check with your insurance company before starting a procedure. Forestream Dental accepts credit cards and third party financing so that your treatments will be affordable.
If you are interested in learning more about dental bonding and our other cosmetic dentistry options, call or email our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation today. We look forward to meeting you very soon! Proudly serving Buffalo, Amherst, Orchard Park, and Williamsville, New York.