The Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding
Have you wanted to do something about that stained tooth, or maybe the gap between your teeth that has been driving you crazy, but don’t want to spend the time or money on porcelain veneers? We invite you to talk with our Lawrence Avenue Dental team about the benefits of dental bonding, a simple and economic procedure to restore your smile.
Dental bonding is typically done to help people address minor dental issues that have them feeling less than confident, such as a minor chipped tooth, tooth discolouration, broken teeth or gaps. The procedure is simple and pain-free. One of our experienced Lawrence Avenue dentists will apply a tooth-coloured composite resin to the area of concern and shape it to sympathetically blend with your other teeth. The resin is then hardened, set and polished for a beautifully-crafted look. You will be in and out of our office in no time.
Still not sure if dental bonding is right for you? Here are some frequently asked questions from past dental bonding patients:
Am I a good candidate for dental bonding?
If you have minor cosmetic issues that you want to address, such as a small chip in your tooth or slight discolouration, this might be the procedure for you. If your concerns are more complex in nature, such as a highly broken tooth or deep discolouration, you might want to consider a sturdier and longer-lasting procedure, such as porcelain veneers.
Does the dental bonding process hurt?
Dental bonding is extremely gentle and painless. Unlike porcelain veneers, which usually take multiple visits, bonding can typically be completed in one visit with little to no pain or after-affects.
How long does dental bonding last?
While dental bonding has many advantages, the one disadvantage when compared with porcelain veneers is their durability. You can safely assume that they will last for 5 to 10 years, however, if you are particularly tough on your teeth, they might need replacing sooner than that. Plus, they are prone to staining, so you might not enjoy that brilliant white look for very long, if that was your end goal.
How do I know if I should consider porcelain veneers or dental bonding?
They key is to speak with your cosmetic dentistry team in Toronto for the best advice. They can let you know the advantages and disadvantages of each type of “fix,” however the main determining factor might come down to finances. Dental bonding is less expensive than porcelain veneers and provides an immediately nice fix, however, you should be prepared for some upkeep down the road. Porcelain veneers are a sturdier option and resist stains, however are significantly more expensive from the outset.
Is dental bonding covered by my insurance provider?
While we can’t answer if your insurance provider will cover the cost of the dental bonding if solely for cosmetic purposes, we can help you find out by providing or submitting a dental estimate on your behalf.
After Dental Bonding Care
Once you have left our Lawrence Avenue Clinic, we want to make sure that you take care of your newly created smile. To help prolong the life of your dental bonds, we recommend that you:
- Reduce consumption of drinks that typically stain your teeth – coffee / tea / red wine
- Quit smoking (well, that goes for everybody really)
- Avoid chewing on hard objects – teeth, pencils, ice chips
Our office welcomes families of all ages. We are conveniently located at 1200 Lawrence Avenue in Toronto, just a short distance away from the DVP and Lawrence Avenue. Call us at 416.444.9045 to schedule your dental appointment or with any questions. Your visits make us smile!