Dental Bonding: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

dental bondingWhether you need dental bonding for a filling, a gap in your teeth, or any other procedure with bonding material, there are some things to consider first. Perhaps a dentist has suggested a cosmetic dental bonding procedure for you, but before going headfirst into the procedure it is good to know the good, the bad, and the ugly (or simply the ins and outs) of the procedure and if it’s the right fit for you.

Most dentistry procedures leave people squirming in their chair from merely hearing the name, but you could say they are a necessary evil (not saying the dentist is evil, of course!). One of those procedures is dental bonding, which is the process of using a type of resin and using a high-tech light to “bond” the resin to the teeth–simple as that! There are usually no big drills or anything else cringe-worthy. So, what is the good, the bad, and the ugly of the procedure? Read on!

The good: easy preparation
Unlike most dentistry procedures, bonding is a simpler one to prepare beforehand. This means not having to worry about lots of different tools in your mouth or the prolonged sound of a drill in your ear. In fact, most bonding procedures rarely even need anesthesia, unless the tooth in question is decayed and being filled.

The good: short completion time for teeth

Usually, people groan about bigger procedures at the dentist because they can take what seems like forever. A dental bonding appointment can take as little as 30 minutes if a single tooth is being worked on, the most time spent on each tooth usually being 60 minutes. Not too bad, right?

The good: inexpensive
Keeping your pearly whites so shiny can get pricey, but, this particular procedure is inexpensive for how effective it is. You’ll be in and out and don’t have to spend thousands on a single procedure, it really is a win-win!

The bad: Not as long-lasting against alternatives

Everything isn’t rainbows and happiness when it comes to bonding, unfortunately. Compared to alternative procedures like getting a crown or veneers, the resin won’t last as long.

The bad: Not stain resistant
Wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to get a liquid brushed on your teeth and they’d be instantly stain resistant forever? Well, this isn’t quite the future where everything is perfect and a bonding procedure is not that stain resistant. Bonding material can stain, though not as much as regular teeth, which can make for some mismatched looking teeth.

The bad: Bonding can break
Unfortunately, bonding material isn’t as strong as other procedures and have the potential to break off, bringing the tooth with it sometimes. And we don’t want your beautiful smile to be in bad shape!

The ugly: it won’t always help
While dental bonding sounds like a very good choice and you are already totally up for it, sometimes it’s not the procedure that can help you, no matter what. If this is the case, that usually means a bigger, perhaps more expensive procedure.check ups

The ugly: you have to be careful for life
If you get the bonding material, then you have to be careful with that tooth or set of teeth for the rest of your life so you don’t chip off the material. If it’s any of your front teeth, that means not directly biting into things because you might just swallow your bonded tooth!

The ugly: all bonding is temporary

If you need a permanent fix, then this procedure isn’t for you. Even if you have the best oral hygiene, most bonding material will only last for a maximum of ten years, three years being the most common. While dentists love check-up appointments, returning for the same procedure over and over again isn’t too pleasant.

There you have it, the good, the bad, and the ugly of dental bonding! Even if you are sitting in the lap of luxury during your dentist visits, it is always best to find the best procedure for you and your teeth instead of an immediate fix.

Have you done a bonding procedure on your teeth? How do you feel about dental bonding? Tell us your stories in the comments below!