Cosmetic bonding is the process of applying a tooth-colored composite material to improve the appearance of a tooth.
Cosmetic bonding can transform your smile in a single visit to our office. We use a tooth-colored composite material to correct imperfections in a simple, non-invasive procedure. After choosing the perfect shade to blend in with the rest of your smile, the bonding material is applied to the affected tooth, then built up and carefully shaped for a natural appearance.
Bonding is useful for:
- Filling in chipped teeth
- Correcting the appearance of uneven teeth
- Fixing cracked teeth
- Providing more even tooth color
- Closing a gap between two teeth
Advantages of bonding over other treatments include:
- Bonding is more affordable than dental veneers and crowns
- Bonding is completed in less than an hour, so there’s no need for multiple appointments
- Bonding leaves the overall structure of the affected tooth intact
Of course, there are also downsides to bonding—it doesn’t last as long as dental veneers and it’s more easily stained. We’ll help you decide which option is best for your needs and lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Bonding
How much does cosmetic bonding cost?
Cosmetic bonding costs between $300 and $600 per tooth, depending on the tooth in question and the amount of correction needed.
How long does cosmetic bonding last?
Cosmetic bonding lasts between three and 10 years. The lifespan can vary greatly depending on the amount of wear a tooth gets and your oral habits.
Is bonding bad for your teeth?
No, bonding isn’t bad for your teeth—it doesn’t compromise the health of your tooth structure and the only preparation needed is the application of a conditioning gel which creates a rough surface on your enamel to help the bonding material attach.
Which is better, bonding or veneers?
Everyone’s needs are different, so the best way to decide is to make an appointment for a consultation. For some, bonding is better because it’s faster, less expensive, and doesn’t require the removal of tooth enamel. Other patients prefer veneers because they last much longer and they don’t stain like bonding material does.
Does composite bonding look natural?
It’s important to us that you’re proud of your smile, so we pay attention to every detail to make sure your cosmetic bonding looks natural. First, we select bonding material that blends in with the rest of your teeth. Then, we take the time to shape and sculpt the bonding so it doesn’t stand out. When we’re done, no one will ever know that you have bonded teeth.