Are you a victim of discoloration and gaps in your front teeth? Are you searching for an inexpensive method of improving the appearance of your teeth as well as your smile? Dental bonding may be the perfect answer to achieve the goal you have in mind.
A tooth-colored composite resin is applied to your teeth in the cosmetic procedure known as dental bonding to improve your smile. This cosmetic procedure is particularly beneficial if you have cracks, chips, broken, stained or teeth with gaps between them.
Minimal preparation is needed if you are bonding your front teeth. Anesthesia is almost always not a requirement unless you also have tooth decay or an old restoration in your mouth. The tooth to be bonded is roughened up with a conditioning gel to help the material for the bonding adhere to the tooth. The composite resin material is then applied to the tooth and cured with ultraviolet light. Your dentist will thereafter shape and polish the resin to give its final appearance.
Among various types of cosmetic procedures, dental bonding is the least expensive. Dental bonding can be completed in a single visit, unlike veneers and crowns that require more time to prepare and require multiple visits before they are placed.
Dental bonding is the least invasive procedure because it requires minimal removal of tooth enamel. Many patients get more than one teeth bonded during a single appointment.
Dental bonding despite providing excellent results has the potential to stain over time. This will not be a problem with crowns or veneers that are stain-resistant. The durability of dental bonding is not as high as dental crowns or veneers that are more resistant to breaking and last longer than bonding.
Dental bonding is a fantastic option for certain cosmetic situations. However, there are limitations with a composite resin material and therefore consulting with your dentist about the best options for you is suggested.
The location of the restoration on the tooth will determine the success of dental bonding. If the bonding is on the edge of your tooth it is not likely to last as long because of the biting forces and the types of food you are biting into. Crunchy, hard, and chewy foods can weaken the bonding faster compared to soft foods.
Patients with bonding on their front teeth avoid biting directly into food that can compromise the structural soundness of the bonding. A tooth-colored bonding can last for approximately 4 to 8 years depending on the location of the tooth, the patient’s bite, and eating and chewing habits.
Different or special home care is not needed for teeth that have undergone dental bonding. You should continue brushing and flossing as you normally did before you opted for dental bonding. However, as mentioned earlier dental bonding has the potential to stain over time. The staining will happen much faster if you regularly consume coffee, tea, dark cola, red wine, and tobacco products. Foods with staining dyes will also leave behind a similar effect and are better limited if they cannot be avoided altogether.
Most dental insurance providers are reluctant to cover dental bonding as it is considered a cosmetic procedure. However, you may call your insurance company to inquire whether they have any coverage for cosmetic dentistry. The insurance booklet provided to you may also contain some information about coverage for cosmetic procedures and you can consider referring to the same.
If you have discoloration on your front teeth along with cracks or gaps it will be difficult for you to smile for your family members, friends, or colleagues. Cosmetic dental procedures such as veneers or crowns can set you back by hundreds of thousands of dollars while also taking multiple visits to the dentist’s office for having them placed in your mouth.
If you wish to avoid multiple visits to the dentist’s office and even curtail the higher costs of dental veneers or crowns, dental bonding is the perfect option for you to improve your smile in a single visit. The visit to the dentist’s office will have you walking out with a smile that you achieved at an affordable price.