Drs. Skowron & Curtin
Fast and Effective Smile Restoration
Dental bonding is an extremely affordable procedure we use to fix a variety of cosmetic dental issues. Our bonding material is made from a composite resin and is designed to match the exact shade of your teeth. Dental bonding is used to repair chipped teeth, recolor their surface, fill cavities, reshape teeth, fill gaps between teeth, or even elongate teeth to improve the appearance of your smile.
How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
When properly cared for, the composite resin can last up to 10 years. But like tooth enamel, the composite resin can be stained by smoking and by drinking things like coffee and wine. If the shade of your teeth changes due to staining, we can always upgrade your bonded teeth to a new shade.
What Are the Benefits of Bonding?
One of the greatest benefits of bonding is how fast and effective it is. In most cases, the entire process can be completed in a single visit. Unlike dental crowns or porcelain veneers, dental bonding doesn’t rely on a lab to create a porcelain prosthetic. Instead, we can take care of the bonding process entirely in our office.
It usually takes an hour or less to bond each tooth and is a much more economical treatment option compared to other solutions such as veneers. In most cases, bonding requires no anesthetic and is completely painless. We can also use dental bonding in combination with other cosmetic treatments such as veneers to give you the smile you’ve always wanted at a price that won’t break the bank.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between dental bonding and dental veneers?
While both dental bonding and porcelain veneers are cosmetic procedures that change the appearance of your smile, their treatment processes, abilities, and limitations all differ.
Dental bonding can be used to fix chipped, cracked, and broken teeth by adding a composite material to the natural tooth. The procedure is more affordable than veneers and can be completed in one session. Best of all, dental bonding can last ten years or more.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that cover the front of your natural teeth to change their color, shape, or spacing. They can cover teeth that are chipped, broken, or worn down. Veneers typically require three appointments and can last 20 years with proper care.
How do you care for your teeth after dental bonding?
For the first few days following a dental bonding procedure, you’ll want to avoid anything that can stain your teeth such as coffee, tea, and tobacco products. If the bonding is performed on one of your front teeth, you should avoid biting into harder foods or objects that can damage the composite material and lead to chips, cracks, or break the tooth.
To improve the longevity of your bonding treatment, schedule biannual appointments at our Winnetka office where we can perform a professional cleaning and checkup to ensure your oral health is on track and the bonding composite is in good shape. You’ll also want to follow a regular oral hygiene routine to keep your teeth free of bacteria.
Is dental bonding expensive?
The cost for dental bonding depends on various factors. However, dental bonding is a more affordable option when changing the aesthetics of your smile. For a more accurate cost, it’s best to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. During the consultation, your dentist can review your oral health and provide you with a customized treatment plan including a specific cost.
Insurance may cover a portion of the expenses. We recommend checking with them prior to your appointment for a better understanding of your coverage.
Is Dental Bonding Right for You?
Your smile is often one of the first things people notice. If you’re looking for a way to instantly improve the appearance of your smile, then dental bonding may be right for you. We can combine bonding with a variety of other restorative and cosmetic treatments. If you have any questions about bonding or any of our other procedures, schedule your consultation with Dr. Skowron or Dr. Curtin.