Do you have some cosmetic flaws in your smile that you’d like to fix? Maybe you’ve considered veneers but you don’t like the expense or the idea of removing a layer of enamel from your teeth.
Dental bonding is an aesthetic and effective option that allows us to repair many of the same issues as veneers but at a much lower cost and without the need to remove any part of your tooth structure.
What Is Dental Bonding?
When we bond your teeth, we are using the same material used in tooth-colored dental fillings – composite resin. This resin can be applied and shaped to repair or conceal all kinds of cosmetic damage, including:
- Chips and small cracks
- Areas of discoloration
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Gapped teeth
What we do is apply the bonding material in a putty-like state to your tooth and then shape and form it so that it repairs the problem. Any excess is removed, and then the bonding is cured to make it permanent (as the name of the procedure indicates, the material actually bonds to your tooth structure). We then polish the bonding and your tooth for a seamless appearance. Once the procedure is complete, nobody will be able to tell that we repaired your tooth!
What Are the Advantages of Bonding?
We like dental bonding for a few different reasons:
- Bonding can give you great cosmetic results for a much lower cost than veneers.
- Bonding can be completed in just a single day.
- No healthy tooth structure needs to be removed for bonding. All that is necessary is some light etching to roughen up the surface of your tooth, which gives the material something to cling to.
- The color of the composite can be perfectly color-matched to the natural shade of your teeth.
- Bonding is versatile and allows us to perform a variety of different repairs.
Does Bonding Have Any Disadvantages?
Bonding is not a great choice for large repairs or major cosmetic transformations. When used over a large area, it doesn’t reflect the light in quite the same way as your natural enamel, so people may notice that something looks “off.” This is not a concern for small repairs, however.
If you need a more extensive smile makeover, we can discuss other cosmetic dentistry options, including porcelain crowns and veneers.
Will Insurance Cover My Bonding?
If we are using bonding to make a structural repair to your tooth that could affect your oral health, bonding may be covered by your insurance, although each plan varies and it’s best to contact your insurance provider directly to see which services are covered and what your expected out-of-pocket portion will be.
In general, dental insurance will not pay for procedures done strictly to improve the aesthetics of your smile. If you have any concerns about fitting cosmetic dentistry into your budget, please let us know so that we can discuss financing options with you.
Call Today to Schedule Your Consultation
Is bonding right for you? The best way to find out is to call our Cypress dental office and request a consultation appointment with Dr. Devani. He can review your concerns and your goals and work with you to determine the right treatment plan, which might include dental bonding.