What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is application of composite resin to the front of a tooth to hide imperfections. The composite resin we use is a durable, BPA-free plastic that we tint the existing color of your teeth. It resembles natural tooth enamel and can be sculpted to any shape. The one-visit procedure is quick and convenient.
What imperfections can bonding correct?
- Gaps between the teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracks in the teeth
- Restore worn teeth
- Hide small imperfections and discolorations
How is bonding different from veneers?
Dental bonding is less expensive than porcelain veneers and can be placed in one visit. This makes dental bonding a great choice for a quick, temporary fix. Veneers are made of hard porcelain, and dental bonding starts in the liquid form of composite resin. The difference in materials makes dental bonding less durable than a porcelain veneer therefore it does not last as long.
Advantages of bonding include:
- Immediate gratification
- One-visit procedure
- Good precursor to veneers
Disadvantages of bonding include:
- You may need bonding replaced every 5-10 years.
- Where bonding meets natural tooth enamel, stains can form.
- Natural tooth enamel will discolor over time; bonding will not. This can cause noticeable restorations.