The process for dental bonding is fairly simple and straightforward. Just one appointment is needed to complete the process. In fact, many patients get multiple teeth bonded in one appointment. No preparation is required unless there is an old restoration that needs to be removed or the tooth is decayed. Anesthesia is sometimes not necessary, as the procedure is reasonably painless.
An adhesive gel is placed on the affected tooth. The resin material is then placed and molded over the gel. Once the resin is in its final position, the dentist uses an LED light to harden the material. Finally, the resin is polished to make your improved tooth super shiny. The process is now complete!
If you’re interested in bonding, you should understand the pros and cons. The benefits of bonding are that the procedure, with proper care, can last 5-10 years or longer. The process is fairly simple. The procedure is done in just one visit and does not require removing much enamel from the teeth, unlike veneers. Also, at several hundred dollars per tooth, the cost of dental bonding is relatively inexpensive compared to other cosmetic dentistry options. In addition, the process is quick and easy. Multiple appointments are not required, making bonding a convenient way to fix a variety of cosmetic issues.
Bonding has some drawbacks. It is usually not covered by insurance, so be prepared to pay for this procedure out of pocket. Bonding is also prone to breakage and staining. You’ll need to be especially careful when eating and biting down, so you’ll want to avoid chewy or crunchy foods. If you are concerned about this, veneers and crowns may be better choices. They are stronger and more stain-resistant.