Are you unhappy with the look of your smile and considering cosmetic dentistry? If so, dental bonding can be a great option. The treatment is easy and non-invasive, and it can correct a host of aesthetic issues. Bonding is not as frequently discussed as other treatments, like porcelain veneers or teeth whitening, so you may not fully understand the details of this option.
Dr. Jason Cellars is happy to answer all your questions about teeth bonding at his Huntington Beach, CA, practice. He will also discuss your various cosmetic options at a complete consultation, helping you choose the most appropriate treatment. Whether you select bonding or an alternative, when you visit Seacliff Dental, you will enjoy a beautifully enhanced smile and improved self-esteem.
Contact us today to learn more about bonding and whether you are a candidate for treatment.
What is dental bonding?
During teeth bonding, Dr. Cellars will use composite resin to cover up cosmetic flaws and even reshape your teeth. Using this treatment, he can address:
Dark internal discoloration
Gaps between teeth
Unusually shaped or undersized teeth
Slight misalignment that does not merit orthodontic treatment
Worn or uneven edges
Is dental bonding painful?
Dental bonding is one of the most conservative cosmetic treatments. As such, it involves negligible discomfort.
To perform bonding, Dr. Cellars will need to etch your teeth to create a stronger bond for the dental composite. He will use a special conditioning liquid, and no local anesthesia is required. Then he will apply composite resin to your teeth, shaping the material and hardening it with a curing light.
After treatment, some people experience mild tooth sensitivity, but this typically disappears after a few days.
How long does teeth bonding last?
On average, dental bonding lasts three to ten years. Durability will depend on your overall oral health and how well you care for your teeth. Bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, can shorten their lifespan.
Is dental bonding worth the cost?
The cost of dental bonding will vary, based on how many teeth you have treated and your individual treatment plan. Nonetheless, bonding is one of the most cost-effective cosmetic treatments, especially since it can address many concerns simultaneously.
In some cases, insurance may cover part of the cost, especially if Dr. Cellars uses bonding to correct structural issues or problems related to tooth decay.
What’s the difference between bonding and porcelain veneers?
Bonding and veneers can address most of the same concerns. With veneers, your dentist will attach porcelain shells to your teeth to conceal cosmetic issues. Porcelain veneers typically last longer than bonding. Additionally, some people think they look more lifelike since the porcelain has a natural sparkle.
At the same time, unlike bonding, porcelain veneers require permanent tooth alteration. If a veneer is damaged or comes off, you must replace it. Bonding usually costs less than veneers, as well.
Ultimately, the right treatment for you will depend on your health, goals, and budget. Dr. Cellars will help you weigh all these factors as you choose an appropriate procedure.
Contact Us to Learn More
To find out if tooth bonding is right for you, contact Seacliff Dental today.
You can make an appointment online or call (714) 848-4247.