Is Cosmetic Bonding Right for You?
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry procedures, bonding is not as well-known as porcelain veneers or teeth whitening, so many of our patients are curious about this procedure and how it might benefit them.
What Is Cosmetic Bonding?
Bonding is done using composite tooth-colored resin – the same material that we use when we place tooth-colored fillings. This pliable and versatile material can be molded and shaped however we desire, and once it’s cured, it bonds with the tooth for a secure and permanent restoration.
What we do in cosmetic bonding is use the material to conceal areas of discoloration, fill in chips or small cracks, and even make gaps and spaces between the teeth less noticeable.
Does Cosmetic Bonding Hurt?
Nope! The process is simple and typically requires only one office visit to complete. We may need to etch your enamel to create a good bond, and we’ll use anesthetic if needed to make sure that you don’t feel a thing.
After taking a custom shade and then mixing the material so that it will blend in perfectly with the natural coloration of your teeth, Dr. Forte applies the bonding to the area in a series of thin layers, curing between each layer. Once this part of the process is complete, he uses specialized tools to shape the bonding. Once the bonding has been placed exactly where it’s needed, we’ll polish it so that it shines like your own enamel.
What Are the Advantages of Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers?
As popular as porcelain veneers are, they have a few drawbacks that make them a less-than-great choice for many people. Bonding can solve many of the same problems as veneers, but without these disadvantages.
For instance, porcelain veneers can be pricey and may be out of your budget. Bonding can be done for a much lower cost. Depending on what we are repairing with the bonding, it may even be covered by your insurance. We’re happy to check with your individual insurance plan and determine your coverage.
Veneers are also somewhat invasive, usually requiring the removal of a layer of enamel. This process is permanent and cannot be reversed since your teeth cannot grow back their enamel. Bonding eliminates this concern.
With veneers, we have to prep your teeth, take impressions, place temporary veneers, and wait for the lab to create the veneers. This can take several appointments. Bonding typically requires just one appointment to complete the process, and there’s no need to place (or remove) temporary restorations.
Want to Learn More?
So is bonding right for you? The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation at our Brookfield dental office. Dr. Forte will perform an examination, discuss your goals with you, and make sure that bonding is the right choice to meet those goals. If Dr. Forte feels that bonding will not help you meet your goals, he will provide other options that may better suit your needs.
Give us a call to schedule your appointment.