Dental Bonding – General Information

Dental bonding can fix minor cosmetic problems with your teeth, like staining, small gaps, chips, or cracks. It uses a plastic resin that is bonded to the teeth after they have been prepared by a mild etching solution. Several coats of the resin are applied to the teeth and hardened. After all the coats are applied, the teeth are polished and shaped to give one a very pleasing, white, beautifully sculpted smile.

The length of time it takes to undergo the procedure is about two hours. It is quite an expensive procedure which can cost anywhere from $300 to $600 per tooth. The good news is that some dental insurance plans cover dental bonding under certain conditions. Check with your insurance provider, if you are not sure whether it is covered or not. The results last about 10 years, making it a long-term investment.

Sometimes dental bonding is used instead of silver fillings. It gives you a very natural appearance, unlike mercury fillings. They can be put in small cracks without drilling too much of the healthy tooth away. There are a few different colors to choose from, so that it can match your skin tone and other teeth well.

For small fixes like fillings, your dental bonding can be done in one sitting. If you are opting to do a relatively large area, a mold may need to be created to help the dentist sculpt your teeth with the bonding. In that case, it will take two appointments and bit more time to complete the process. While bonding is far more expensive than conventional silver fillings, people appreciate the fact that their smile is left looking better than when they first came in, instead of adding metal to it. The bonding is also said to expand with your teeth better, which is why they do not crack as easily as silver fillings.

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