Dental Bonding in Buffalo, NY

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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.

Dental Bonding in Buffalo, NY

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 $300, but installing crowns can increase the expense. For routine dental bonding, most insurances should cover the treatment as it is a basic routine treatment. However, if the dental bonding procedure is purely cosmetic in nature, it will not likely be covered by dental insurance. 

Is Dental Bonding Permanent?

Even though dental bonding is not considered a solution that is permanent it is one that is long-lasting. Most individuals are able to have their bond for at least 10 years. The best way to make sure you get the most of out your bonding treatment is by practicing good oral hygiene after receiving a bonding treatment as well as keeping up with all your natural teeth as well. Eventually your dental bonding will need to be replaced or at least touched up.

Can Dental Bonding Be Removed?

Luckily it is possible to remove dental bonding material. This is possible with a special kind of sandpaper; the material is able to be sanded off. That being said it is recommended to go to a cosmetic dentist that has plenty of experience. Any part of the bonding process takes a lot of technical skills if you’re wanting great results. It is recommended to find a dentist that is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Does Bonding Ruin Your Teeth?

In terms of ruining your teeth, dental bonding does not necessarily ruin them. One of the biggest disadvantages of bonding is the resin that is used will stain over a period of time. Something such as a veneer or a crown is known for being much more resistant to stains. When discussing durability, this is another strength bonding does not seem to have. Dental bonding can chip and is less resistant to breaking compared to veneers and crowns.

Can Dental Bonding Fix Gaps?

It is possible to fix gaps with dental bonding. Even so, that does not mean it is the best option for you. Depending on your lifestyle, you may want to look into other options. The resin used for dental bonding can become stained and have a yellow appearance if you are someone who drinks coffee or smokes regularly. If you are someone who may be worried about staining, veneers may be the best option for you.

Can I Eat After Dental Bonding?

You are absolutely able to eat after dental bonding. However, there are certain items you should stay away from. It is recommended to not smoke cigarettes as well as avoid eating red wine, coffee, tea and other foods and beverages that could possibly stain your teeth for the first 48 hours after your procedure. Lastly, it is recommended to stay away from hard foods for at least one day. This is due to the bonding material that is being used needing time to “set”.

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.

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