Tooth bonding is a cosmetic procedure that can help with the appearance of tooth gaps and chipped teeth. It is a standard procedure that is painless, and, compared to other options, it is inexpensive.

Dental bonding will not work for all situations, though. It depends on the severity of the chip or gap between teeth. If you’re interested in tooth bonding, come to Frisco Dental in Frisco, TX for a free cosmetic dentistry consultation or call our team today at 972.335.2201

What Is Dental Bonding?

During a tooth bonding procedure, a dentist applies a composite resin to your problem areas. Our dentist will then treat the area with ultraviolet light, which allows the bond to solidify. Afterward, the dentist shapes the resin and polishes the tooth. Because tooth bonding is a cosmetic procedure, your insurance may not cover it. You should call your insurance carrier to find out if your policy covers dental bonding from Frisco Dental.

There are some clear advantages and disadvantages to this procedure. It is critical to make yourself aware of the pros and cons to make sure that you are prepared for what comes after this treatment.

Advantages of This Cosmetic Treatment

  • Invasiveness: The tooth bonding procedure happens on the top of the teeth. Very little prep work has to occur on teeth before going through this procedure. There is no surgery or extraction. The process is simple and relatively painless.
  • Time to completion: Tooth bonding is a one-day process. Tooth bonding does not include crowns or other things that require lab creation to complete the procedure. The treatment is completed in one dental visit.
  • Cost: Tooth bonding is less costly than other procedures, such as a dental implant. There is, however, a better chance that your insurance will cover part or all of an implant over tooth bonding. Do call to find out what coverage you have.

Disadvantages of This Treatment Option

  • Durability: Dental bonding is not super durable. You will probably need subsequent work in under five years if you go this route. For this reason, it is an excellent option for a short term fix while you wait to save up for a more expensive procedure.
  • Stains: The bonding resin will stain over time, much more than a dental crown or veneer. If the bonding is in a very noticeable area, you should think about how this will affect you.

What Else Should You Know About Dental Bonding?

Your dental bonds will last between four and eight years. The amount of time it will last depends on the location of the bonding in your mouth and on your tooth. It also depends on the types of food that you tend to consume. If you like to eat sticky and crunchy foods, like rice snacks or Laffy Taffy, you risk losing the dental bond before the eight years. Anything that can compromise the fusion of the bonding material to your tooth will reduce the length of the material’s life.

Caring for your teeth will be the same as your natural teeth. We recommend that you brush and floss twice a day or after eating. Some mouthwashes can help with staining, but the big staining culprits are tobacco, wine, coffee, tea, and dark cola. Use a straw when you can to route the staining liquids past the bond material so that it does not become stained.

Contact Our Team at Frisco Dental

Frisco Dental Associates in Frisco, TX offers tooth bonding services. If you are not sure what procedure you would like to have done, give us a call at 972.335.2201 and schedule a free cosmetic dentistry consultation today!