What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding, or tooth bonding, is a simple and affordable cosmetic dental procedure that involves applying a tooth-colored resin material to a tooth and hardening it with a special light. The resin is then shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth, giving you a natural and seamless look.
One of the benefits of dental bonding is that it is a quick and non-invasive procedure. The entire process can typically be completed in a single visit to our office, with results that can last for several years with proper care. Dental bonding is also a less expensive and less invasive alternative to other cosmetic dental procedures, such as veneers or crowns.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
The dental bonding process begins with the surface of the tooth being roughened and a conditioning liquid being applied to help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The bonding material is then applied and shaped to the desired form. A special light is used to harden the material, after which it is polished to match the surrounding teeth.
What Can Dental Bonding Treat?
Dental bonding can be used to repair chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth, or to fill in gaps between teeth. It can also be used to change the shape or color of teeth, or to protect the root of a tooth that has been exposed due to gum recession. Here are the types of conditions that dental and tooth bonding can fix:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Exposed roots due to gum recession
Is Dental Bonding Right for Me?
Dental bonding is generally a good option for people who have minor cosmetic concerns with their teeth. However, it may not be suitable for everyone. If you have significant damage or decay, or if you want a more durable solution, other treatments such as veneers or crowns may be a better fit. Our team at Tanty Family Dental can help you determine the best treatment option for your specific needs and goals.
What to Expect During and After Dental Bonding
The dental bonding procedure is generally quick and comfortable, taking 30-60 minutes per tooth. After the bonding material has been applied and hardened, you can expect your teeth to look and feel natural. It's important to remember that dental bonding is not as durable as other types of dental restorations and may need to be repaired or replaced over time. To maintain the results of your dental bonding, it's important to practice good oral hygiene and avoid habits that can cause damage, such as biting on hard objects or using tobacco products.
Comparing Bonding or Veneer Cosmetic Dental Services
The friendly staff at Tanty Family Dental happy to walk you through your cosmetic dental and smile rehab options. Two of the most common cosmetic procedures for repairing chipped or misshapen teeth are dental bonding and veneers. Modern dentistry makes each of these procedures relatively quick and easy, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses.
|Cost||Generally $300 to $600 per tooth*||Generally $500-$1300 per tooth*|
|Procedure time||Quick, usually completed in one visit||Requires multiple visits|
|Invasiveness||Non-invasive||Invasive (requires removal of a small amount of tooth structure)|
|Durability||May need to be repaired or replaced over time||More durable, can last 10-20 years with proper care|
|Candidacy||Good option for minor cosmetic concerns||Good option for more significant damage or discoloration|
|Maintenance||Good oral hygiene and avoiding habits that can cause damage||Good oral hygiene and avoiding habits that can cause damage|
*Pricing is an estimate of averages and may vary based on individual circumstances. Check with Dr. Tanty to get an estimate.
Both dental bonding and veneers are cosmetic dental procedures that can improve the appearance of your teeth. However, there are some key differences between the two. Dental bonding is generally less expensive and less invasive than veneers, and the procedure can usually be completed in a single visit. Dental bonding is not as durable as veneers and may need to be repaired or replaced over time. Veneers are more durable and can last for 10-20 years with proper care, but the procedure is more expensive and requires multiple visits to the dentist. Dental bonding is a good option for people with minor cosmetic concerns, while veneers may be a better fit for those with more significant damage or discoloration. Both procedures require good oral hygiene and avoiding habits that can cause damage to maintain the best possible results.
How much do veneers and tooth bonding cost in Wisconsin?
When choosing between bonding and veneers, your main considerations will be cost and durability. Veneers are the more expensive option, costing an average of $500 - $1300 per tooth for composite or $900 - $2500 per tooth for porcelain. Porcelain veneers are the most durable option and resist staining, unlike composite veneers and bonding resin. Dental bonding is a more affordable option, costing an average of $300 - $600 per tooth. Bonding is the most common way to fix a chipped tooth.
How long do veneers and bonding last?
Porcelain veneers will outlast your other options and can remain intact for 10 - 20 years, while composite veneers typically last 3 - 10 years. Dental bonding usually remains durable for an average of 3 years but can last longer when cared for correctly.
Contact our staff for more information about our dental bonding services, insurance-billing information, or to learn more about Tanty Family Dental, the best comprehensive dental clinic in Waukesha, New Berlin, Pewaukee, Brookfield, Wales, and throughout Waukesha County
Dental Bonding FAQs
When should I get a dental bond?
Dental bonding works best for teeth which sustained minor injuries but have not yet started decaying. They can be used to close space between two teeth. Dental bonds can change the shape of a tooth for cosmetic purposes and can improve the appearance of discolored teeth. You may want to talk to us to get an official diagnosis if you are thinking about dental bonding but are unsure about if you need them.
How long does a dental bond last?
A dental bond usually can last between three and 10 years. To improve your dental bond's lifetime refrain from eating or chewing on hard objects such as ice to prevent chipping and breakage.
Does bonding damage your teeth?
Bonding does absolutely no damage to your teeth. While less durable than teeth and impermanent, dental bonds leave no lasting marks on your teeth once they are gone and will not affect the natural enamel of the teeth.
Do dental bonds stain?
Dental bonds can stain over time just like teeth. Depending on the material used and your teeth they may stain at a faster or slower rate than your real teeth. Stains can be polished out however, by a dentist.
How can I protect bonded teeth?
Caring for bonded teeth involves many of the same techniques that are necessary for regular oral care. Brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and schedule regular dental cleanings every six months. Further precautions include avoiding hard food, refraining from biting nails, and avoiding coffee and tobacco for 48 hours following the dental bonding.