Dental Bonding in Buffalo, NY
Experienced Dentist Providing Affordable Dental Bonding Throughout WNY
When veneers prove to be too costly or too intrusive for an individual interested in cosmetic dentistry, composite bonding, also known as dental bonding, may be appealing as a more economical and less permanent option. Whereas veneers require that a patient’s teeth be etched—a process that is not reversible—for implantation to be successful, composite bonding can be applied to any clean tooth and easily adjusted by a dentist. Veneers are placed so that they cover an entire tooth, which may make them unnecessary to fix minor flaws, while composite bonding is applied directly to the site of the tooth’s imperfection. Composite bonding also comes at a fraction of the cost of veneers, though the exact pricing varies by practice, supplier, and location.
However, there are a few ways in which veneers are superior to composite bonding. Veneers are far more stain-resistant than composite bonding is, and because bonding is weaker than both enamel and veneers, it must be replaced every few years. Composite bonding can be reduced in strength by nibbling on hard, inedible objects, such as fingernails, ice cubes, and pen caps, while veneers are more resistant. To summarize, composite bonding is a more affordable option than veneers and it is ideal for fixing small imperfections, but veneers are both longer-lasting and more appropriate for changing the overall shape of a tooth.
Composite bonding is best suited for correcting small flaws in the form or color of teeth. Teeth that have particularly deep stains or are naturally discolored may be immune to the effects of teeth whitening treatments, and composite bonding may be one of a mere handful of options that can alter the tooth so it matches the rest of the mouth. Slight cracks or chips in teeth can be filled in and covered up using bonding, and applying bonding to the edges of adjacent teeth can minimize the size and appearance of gaps. Composite bonding can even transform teeth that are too small or simply do not match others in an individual’s mouth.
Before composite bonding can be administered, a candidate must prove that he or she has strong oral health. Screenings conducted by a dentist will identify any limiting factors, such as cavities or gingivitis, that must be eliminated before bonding can be applied. The procedure itself is simple, and it can be accomplished in less than an hour in a single visit. Once the dentist and the patient select a resin that matches the color of the patient’s teeth, the dentist will coat the affected tooth or teeth with an adhesive solution, to which the resin is added. The dentist then sculpts the resin into the desired shape and hardens the resin using an ultraviolet lamp. The resin is then shortened and polished, as needed, so that it fits in with the patient’s other teeth.
Because composite bonding cannot be bleached, it is recommended that individuals seeking to whiten their teeth do so before receiving bonding, which can stain more easily than veneers or crowns. Composite bonding will last for several years with proper care and maintenance.
How long does the bonding material last?
The material has been shown to last a long time. As with any filling, of course, the length that the bonding material lasts is dependent on both the area where the filling is placed and the size of the filling. Larger fillings require a crown to be installed on the outer surface. Smaller fillings have a duration resembling that of a silver filling, though dental bonding does not create the discoloration typical of silver fillings.
How much does dental bonding cost?
The cost of dental bonding is reasonable. Our office can construct a tooth for under $200, but installing crowns can increase the expense. All forms of dental insurance should cover dental bonding, as the procedure is a basic, routine coverage.
If you have questions about dental bonding, or would like to schedule a regular check-up, please contact our Buffalo dental office and schedule an appointment today.