Dental bonding is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that may help change the look of your smile. Our BC Straight Smile Dentists are here to tell you about the procedure and how it might be able to help change your smile.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure performed by our Straight Smile Dentists. It is a non-invasive treatment designed to change the look of worn, cracked or misshapen teeth. Your dentist applies tooth-coloured composite resin to your teeth, then shapes and polishes it to match the teeth surrounding it so that it blends in, creating a natural-looking smile.
We call the process 'dental bonding' because the composite resin bonds directly to the tooth.
Why might dental bonding be needed?
Dental bonding at our Straight Smile Centres is used as a way to make cosmetic changes to your smile. This includes altering the appearance of a chipped or discoloured tooth, making your natural teeth longer, or closing gaps between teeth.
This procedure is also sometimes used as a cosmetic alternative to silver (amalgam) fillings, and even to cover exposed tooth roots that have resulted from receding gums.
What to expect during a dental bonding procedure
When your dentist performs a dental bonding treatment, they will apply composite resin to your tooth in layers. A light is then applied which hardens each layer or resin.
After the last layer is hardened, your dentist will shape and polishes it so it matched your tooth. This should ultimately lead to a smooth, natural-looking tooth that complements your smile.
How long does dental bonding take?
This procedure is relatively quick, taking about 30 to 60 minutes for each tooth that needs to be done. 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 what it's going to cost as cosmetic procedures are generally not covered by insurance. Fortunately, dental bonding is a practical, relatively long-lasting cosmetic procedure. Your specific cost will depend on a number of factors, including:
- The scope of work - Where in the mouth your procedure is taking place and the size of the area that will be bonded.
- Insurance coverage - How much of the procedure will your insurance cover? This may depend on whether your issue is primarily cosmetic or structural.
- Your local area - Costs may vary depending on your dentist's location, and which dental practice completes the procedure.
How long does dental bonding last?
The composite resin that is used to complete this procedure should last roughly 4 to 8 years but with proper care can last upwards of 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 are key to keeping your cosmetic restoration in good condition.
To ensure your smile lasts as long as possible, we advise avoiding sugary or acidic foods, as these can wear down your dental restoration and even your natural 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.
Once your dental bonding has run its lifespan, your dentist can touch up the resin and re-bond it over time.