Overtime, daily habits can take a toll on the health of our teeth, causing them to become damaged or weakened. This can lead to a variety of cosmetic and functional issues including chips, cracks, and discoloration or staining. For patients who wish to correct these issues, but do not want to undergo more invasive treatments, such as the placement of porcelain veneers, dental bonding is a welcomed solution. Plano, TX cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ron Bosher, offers this simple procedure, which involves applying a tooth-colored resin to the natural teeth in order to conceal imperfections. Dental bonding can also be used to lengthen the teeth or fill in gaps to give a unified, attractive look.
What to Expect
Dental bonding is a noninvasive, pain-free treatment. It begins with the dentist preparing the tooth for bonding by roughening the surface and applying a conditioning liquid. This helps ensure the resin will securely bond to the teeth. After applying the tooth-colored resin to the affected areas, the dentist will shape the material in order to achieve natural-looking results. A special light hardens the resin, and the tooth is polished for a natural, attractive finish. This procedure can be completed in one office visit, but the length of the visit will vary based on the specific needs of the patient. With proper oral hygiene, the effects of dental bonding can last up to 7-10 years.
The estimated cost for dental bonding will vary, depending on the patient’s dental conditions and the number of teeth that need repair. Patients can expect to pay between $250-$500 per tooth.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $250 - $500
- How Long It Takes
- Procedure Recovery Location
Dental Bonding FAQs
Dental bonding is a beneficial procedure because it is a simple, effective way to treat a variety of cosmetic flaws. It is less expensive and less time-consuming than other cosmetic treatments. Dental bonding also keeps more enamel intact than other procedures, keeping the natural teeth strong and healthy. In addition, while dental bonding is not a solution for all-over teeth whitening, it can be effective at concealing localized stains for patients who are sensitive to other whitening treatments.
Dental bonding does not need special care. Like regular teeth, bonded teeth need a good oral hygiene routine with regular professional check-ups and cleanings. However, dental bonding material can chip, so patients should avoid biting and chewing hard objects.
The material used for dental bonding does not last forever, but it will last a long time. With proper dental hygiene and routine maintenance, bonding materials can last between 3 and 10 years (or longer) before needing to be touched-up or replaced. This varies by patient.
Covered by Insurance?
If damaged or weakened teeth cause functional damage, the cost of dental bonding may be covered by dental insurance. Patients are encouraged to contact their insurance provider to check if they are eligible for coverage prior to the procedure.