Is it Worth it to Have Dental Bonding?
When you’re considering any dental procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have a dental procedure is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having dental bonding. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like, please visit Dental Bonding: the Procedure and Recovery.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential dental procedure with your own dentist.
Any procedure has risks, and they should be carefully weighed before you decide to proceed. Because dental bonding does not require removal of enamel, it’s one of the least risky cosmetic dental procedures. There is a small risk that, if the tooth is not adequately cleaned and sterilized and decayed tooth material removed before the bonding material is placed, bacteria will be trapped under the resin and will cause tooth decay, which could become severe. This risk is minimized by choosing an excellent dentist with good technique.
Also, the composite resin will wear down over time, and will require touch-ups. Bonding can last years, but touch-ups are usually required every three to ten years (depending on which teeth received bonding; whether the patient has habits, such as chewing ice or grinding teeth, that damage the resin; what the patient eats and drinks; and other factors). Additionally, while the resin is somewhat resistant to staining, it can still become stained over time. Furthermore, composite resin is not able to be bleached by traditional whitening agents, so if it gets stained, you’d have to get new bonding material to remove the stains. Also, if you have some natural enamel showing and you choose teeth whitening to brighten it up, the resin may end up looking darker than the surrounding enamel, because it won’t be whitened along with the teeth. If you’re considering teeth whitening, you may want to have that procedure before you get your bonding done, so the resin can be matched to your whitened teeth.
If you have discolored teeth, teeth that are chipped or cracked, gaps between your teeth, or teeth that are too small, then you may feel bad about your smile. You may suffer a loss of self-esteem, and may choose to hide your teeth when you talk or smile. Bonding can address any of these issues quickly and safely, helping you to get your smile back. There are other options, such as veneers and crowns, that may also help to repair these types of problems with teeth. However, these tend to be more expensive than bonding, and in many cases, they result in permanent alteration to teeth through removal of enamel. Bonding does not require removal of natural tooth material.
The cost of dental bonding is generally around a few hundred dollars per tooth, though the exact price depends on the size and complexity of the bonding work. The cost also varies between dentists and in different regions, so check with the dentist you’re considering to find out the exact price. For more detail, please visit our Dental Bonding Cost page.