When a patient has any chips, cracks, gaps between their teeth, or stained teeth, it has the potential to detract from the beauty of their smile. Bonding is an option often discussed with the dentist and their patient seeking to better their smile and fix the shades of the stained teeth to match the natural teeth. Beyond strictly appearance, dental bonding serves many additional purposes such as:
- Root protection
- Tooth stabilization
- General repair for chips, cracks, decays, etc.
While dental bonding is certainly a widely used option to address a number of different oral issues, it is important to recognize both the pros and cons of dental bonding prior to making the decision with your dentist. Personal preference, costs, and a wide range of factors must be taken into account before any bonding is applied.
Pros of Dental Bonding
- Simple and convenient
- Cost is typically much lower than comparative cosmetic dental treatments
- Fast treatment, can be completed in one office visit
- Minimal tooth enamel removed
- Anesthesia is usually not required
Cons of Dental Bonding
- Less durable than veneers or crowns
- Bonding may break off of the tooth or chip
- Addresses a small area (typically only one or two teeth)
- Subject to staining (bonding material is not stain-resistant)
The bonding process is generally simply and fast. Often taking less than an hour, dental bonding is the optimal solution for addressing issues on one or two of the teeth in the mouth. Past patients boast about their bonding and the confidence that treatment gave them in return. With the ability to fix those little, bothersome issues in the mouth, many Florida residents choose dental bonding as a quick, easy fix. To learn more about your bonding options, please contact James Family Dentistry today!