Dental bonding can help improve the appearance of your smile. Today, our Dawson Creek dentists list some facts about this non-invasive cosmetic procedure and how dental bonding can be used to help fix discoloured, gapped teeth and restore your smile.
What is dental bonding?
This non-invasive, effective and safe cosmetic dental treatment has your dentist applying tooth-coloured composite resin to your teeth. The resin is then shaped and polished to match the teeth surrounding it so that it blends in, leaving you with a natural-looking smile.
This aptly named process is called 'dental bonding' since the composite resin literally bonds with the tooth.
Why would I need dental bonding?
Most often used for cosmetic process, dental bonding can help improve the appearance of a chipped or discoloured tooth, to make teeth appear longer or to change their shape or colour. Dental bonding can also help close gaps between teeth.
Bonding is also sometimes used as an alternative to silver (amalgam) fillings, or to cover exposed tooth roots left by receding gums.
What happens during a dental bonding procedure?
When performing a dental bonding treatment, the dentist will apply composite resin to your tooth in layers, then use a light to harden each layer.
After the last layer has hardened, the dentist shapes and polishes it to fit your tooth, resulting in a natural-looking, smooth tooth that complements the rest of your smile.
How long does dental bonding take?
Dental bonding usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete. Unlike veneers, which are custom-made in a dental lab and thus require more time, the bonding process can most often be completed in one visit.
How much does dental bonding cost?
Often, patients we see for dental bonding procedures are concerned about cost. Fortunately, dental bonding is an effective, relatively long-lasting cosmetic procedure. Your specific cost will depend on a number of factors, including:
- Scope of work, where in the mouth your procedure is taking place and the size of the area to be bonded
- Insurance coverage - how much of the procedure will your insurance cover? (May depend on whether your issue is primarily cosmetic or structural)
- Your local area - costs may vary depending on which city your dentist is in, and which dental practice completes the procedure
How long does dental bonding last?
The composite resin your dentist will use during the bonding process will likely have a lifespan of between 4 and 8 years, and potentially up to 10 years.
How long the effects of dental bonding last can vary depending on your specific case (where in your mouth it’s applied) and how it’s maintained (excellent oral hygiene and attending your regularly scheduled dental visits is key).
To ensure your smile lasts as long as possible, we advise avoiding sugary or acidic foods, as these can wear on your teeth. Though fruit is good for your health, don't forget to brush and floss your teeth soon after eating them so bacteria or plaque do not have the chance to grow. Also refrain from chewing hard candy or ice, biting down too hard or grinding your teeth, since all of these can chip the bonding material.
Your dentist can touch up the composite resin and re-bond it over time, if required.