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Dental bonding is a quick, non-invasive process that can fix many cosmetic dental issues. At Massanutten Dental Team and Oral Surgery, we provide quality dental bonding services to our patients in Harrisonburg, VA. If you would like to learn more, please get in touch with us today!

What is cosmetic dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a technique used in cosmetic dentistry to correct dental imperfections using a tooth-colored composite resin. The resin is color-matched to the patient’s natural tooth and then applied to the affected area. Once the resin has been properly shaped, it is hardened with a special light. 

Bonding can also close gaps between teeth or change a tooth’s shape. It is a relatively quick process, and your cosmetic dentist can often do it in one office visit. In addition, it is usually much less expensive than other cosmetic dental procedures such as dental veneers or crowns. It is a popular option for patients looking to improve their smile without breaking the bank.

Cosmetic bonding can be a procedure completed on its own or part of a series of treatments for a complete smile makeover. 

What can cosmetic bonding do to help the appearance of my teeth?

Your dentist can fix several dental issues with dental bonding. These include:

  • filling cavities
  • repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • closing gaps between teeth
  • teeth whitening for discolored teeth
  • correcting the look of slightly crooked teeth

Bonding is a popular dental procedure because it is relatively inexpensive compared to other cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers or a full smile makeover, and can be completed in a single visit. In addition, bonding is considered a very conservative treatment option because it does not require the removal of any tooth structure.

The Benefits of Dental Bonding

This procedure is quick, noninvasive, and it offers several benefits:

  1. Bonding is much less expensive than other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers.
  2. Your cosmetic dentist can match the color of your teeth, so it looks very natural.
  3. Bonding is not as invasive as other procedures, requiring little recovery time.
  4. Bonding can be completed in just one office visit.
  5. Bonding does not require any removal of the tooth structure.

Can anyone get dental bonding?

Most patients with minor flaws in the appearance of their teeth—like minor chipped teeth—are likely to see success with this procedure. However, not everyone is a candidate for dental bonding. The best candidates for this procedure are those who have minor dental imperfections that do not require major dental work. If you have other oral health issues, like periodontal disease, decay, or a badly broken tooth, you should get these treated before considering cosmetic treatments like bonding or dental veneers.

How much does cosmetic dental bonding cost?

Dental bonding is a popular and relatively affordable cosmetic dental procedure. The cost will vary; however, the average price ranges from $300 to $600 per tooth. Ultimately, the best way to determine the cost of dental bonding is to consult with a qualified cosmetic dentist.

Other cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers or crowns, often cost more than bonding. Crowns and porcelain veneers are also much more invasive and require more of the tooth surface to be removed.

What are the risks associated with dental bonding?

As with any dental procedure, there are some risks associated with dental bonding. However, these risks are generally minor and can be easily avoided by choosing an experienced, reputable cosmetic dentist like our dentists at Massanutten Dental Team and Oral Surgery.

The most common risk is that the bond may not adhere properly to the tooth, which can cause the composite bonding to break or chip. In rare cases, the bonding material may also cause an allergic reaction. Our cosmetic dentists are highly qualified, which helps minimize your risks in cosmetic dentistry. 

Can a whole tooth be bonded?

While it may be possible to bond a whole tooth, bonded teeth are more likely to become stained or chipped than natural teeth. Dentists recommend bonding for cosmetic purposes rather than for functional purposes.

If your teeth have extensive damage, or if you have missing teeth, you may want to consider bridges, crowns, or dental veneers. These procedures are more durable and longer-lasting without the need for touchups. Sometimes cosmetic procedures can be combined to provide full smile makeovers.

Get a consultation!

During your cosmetic dentistry consultation, we’ll take the time to get to know you and your dental needs. We’ll also answer any questions about our services and practice and help you develop a treatment plan. So call us or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.

We look forward to meeting you!