One of the cosmetic dental treatments we offer at our practice is composite bonding. With so much talk about dental veneers and implants, dental bonding can sometimes fall to the wayside, but it’s an effective, affordable solution to teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, or suffering from other types of mild cosmetic damage. We can also use composite bonding to reshape your teeth if you are unhappy with their shape, size, or gapping.
During this procedure, we use a composite material that matches the color of your natural teeth to smooth and reshape the tooth. The best part? The entire procedure is typically finished in under an hour.
Is composite bonding right for you? Here’s what you should know.
What can I expect during a composite bonding procedure?
The first step of the bonding process is to remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth we’re working on. This helps ensure that the bonding material we use adheres to the tooth properly. Next, we apply a special liquid to your tooth that allows our bonding agent to stick to your tooth.
Once your tooth has been prepared, we will apply composite resin to it. We smooth the resin and shape it with exacting detail to ensure that it blends in well with adjacent teeth. When we’re happy with the results, we use an ultraviolet light to cure the resin.
Bonding is painless, so it does not require any anesthesia. There is no downtime involved, so you’ll be able to return to work immediately after our work is completed.
How does composite bonding compare to other cosmetic dental treatments?
Every dental procedure has its own unique pros and cons. For teeth that are damaged, we usually turn to one of three options: veneers, crowns, or composite bonding. If we compare dental bonding to veneers and crowns, we can say for certain that bonding is not as strong as the other two options. All three need occasional replacement, but you’ll need to replace bonding more often than veneers or crowns.
In general, bonding is a better fit for more minor cosmetic issues and a small number of teeth. When a number of teeth need cosmetic enhancement, veneers are a better option. If damage to a tooth is significant and impacts the stability of the tooth structure as a whole, a crown is a better choice than cosmetic bonding.
We’ll help you choose the right option for your needs.
What does composite bonding cost?
When you visit our office for a consultation, we can provide you with an estimate of what the cost will be. Everyone’s needs are different, so we’re unable to give you an estimate until we examine your teeth in person. Bonding is less expensive than veneers and crowns, but usually more expensive than whitening treatments.