A Cost-Effective Option
Dental bonding is a procedure in which tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened to the tooth surface.
Dental bonding can be used for the following:
- Repair decayed tooth structure
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Improve appearance of discolored teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when the gum recedes
What are the Advantages of Dental Bonding?
- Bonding is often one of the more conservative cosmetic procedures for front teeth since often times little tooth structure needs to be removed, and the material is simply added to the tooth or chip.
- Dental bonding is among the least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures.
- Dental bonding is often nice for cosmetic procedures in kids to take care of chips or staining. Although, not as strong or long lasting as a crown or veneer, bonding can be a great fix during the years when kids are rough on their teeth, knowing that down the road, a nicer crown or veneer may be desired
- Bonding is quick- it can often be done in one visit, and the teeth can be used normally soon after the bonding is placed
What are the Disadvantages of Dental Bonding?
- Dental bonding does not resist stains as well as crowns or porcelain veneers. The newer materials are more resistant to this, but some staining can still happen over time. If someone has older bonding that has darkened with time, it can often be easily replaced to give a more natural result with new bonding
- The materials used for bonding, although shade matched, smooth/shiny, and blend in nicely, they are not as natural looking as the porcelain used in crowns and veneers. Because the material is simply a resin, it can look a little more “matte” or “dull” in appearance in comparison to natural tooth
- The bonding materials do not last as long, nor are as strong as other procedures (e.g. crowns).
- Bonding materials can chip and break off of the tooth. Especially in the front, someone with bonding needs to be careful with things like glasses and silverware to avoid it hitting the teeth
- Because of some limitations, dental bonding is viewed to be best suited for small cosmetic changes, for temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure. Some of the older bonding materials tended to yellow or darken with time.