If you have teeth that look less than their very best, whether they are chipped, cracked, uneven or discolored, you may be wondering if cosmetic bonding is the right procedure to provide you with the smile of your dreams. In order to determine how this cosmetic dental procedure compares with other options for enhancing your teeth, it is best to consider some of the benefits and drawbacks of this procedure. This knowledge can help you make the most informed decision about whether you should opt for cosmetic bonding or a different cosmetic procedure to improve the look of your teeth.
For starters, it’s worth noting that bonding is one of the least invasive techniques that you can have performed while still leaving your teeth looking their finest. During this procedure, no natural surface of your tooth structure needs to be removed and your tooth does not need to be ground down or etched. In contrast, other cosmetic options such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns require more work to be done to prepare your natural tooth in advance of the cosmetic enhancement.
The procedure is also painless, easy on the patient and offers immediate results. A dentist simply applies a tooth-colored resin material on the surface of your teeth during a single office visit which is then shaped, sculpted and polished until it looks just like your natural tooth. The material is precisely color-matched so that it is virtually impossible to tell the difference between your natural tooth enamel and the resin bonding material. Once the dentist has completed the sculpting and polishing, you can’t tell where your tooth ends and the bonding material begins.
Another benefit to this procedure is that it is effective for a wide variety of dental imperfections. You can opt for bonding if you have a small crack or chip on the edge of your tooth, if one or more of your teeth are not the same length as the others (to even out the look of the teeth), if your teeth are badly discolored or stained, or if you want to modify the size or spacing of your teeth. Due to the fact that the bonding material can be placed on the entire tooth or just a portion of it, the imperfections it can cover vary widely.
Additionally, cosmetic bonding is typically a less costly procedure in comparison to other types of cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers or crowns. This is especially important to those that may not need to cover an entire tooth but simply want to enhance a minor flaw, such as small chip or stain. Many patients appreciate the more affordable nature of this option and it is one reason why it is so widely popular.
In order to make a balanced decision, you should also consider any drawbacks of the procedure as well. While there are not many drawbacks to this form of tooth enhancement, the primary concern for some is the fact that the bonding material and process may not hold up over time as long or as well as other cosmetic enhancements. It’s important to note, however, that cosmetic bonding is still a very durable option and the results can last for many years with proper care.
For more information about the benefits and drawbacks of cosmetic bonding, or to schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists in Bayside Queens, NY to see if this procedure is right for you, call us at 718-461-0100 or fill out the form on the side of this page and we will get back to you.