Dental (or tooth) bonding is simply the process of applying resin to teeth that have gaps, chips, are uneven, decayed, or discolored. Bonding may also be appropriate for people who have receding gums.
The bonding process starts with creating small crevices in the enamel by applying a mild etching solution to the teeth. The rough surface is ideal to receive the bonding resin which is applied to the tooth. A high-intensity light is used to cure the resin to the tooth surface. Each resin layer hardens in about one minute. Once the appropriate amount of resin has been applied and cured, the bonded resin is sculpted, smoothed, and polished.
If you are considering veneers, but you are limited by the cost, tooth bonding might be an acceptable alternative. Bonding is more conservative than veneers and more affordable. Bonding ranges from $350 to $600 per tooth. Unlike veneers, color matching is somewhat challenging. Patients who smoke or drink large amounts of coffee and tea should expect the bonds to turn yellow over time due to the pourous nature of the bonds. Typically bonding is not expected to last more than seven years and minor repairs may be required.
If you would like to discuss tooth bonding as a cosmetic option for your teeth call (207) 947-4767 or schedule an appointment.