Is Dental Bonding Right For You?

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Having deep stains, dapple or granulated and yellow teeth can be an comedown to some and these discolorations may need to be reduced by a dentist with dental bonding operations such as traditional bonding, veneers or complete crowns to give you a more beautiful look. Even though its not as conservative as common whitening, the bonding may assist in achieving a more wholesome facial image.


Technically speaking, tooth bonding is actually a process of which a material is bound onto the tooth surface. It is commonly used as the layman term for veneers. Veneers are shell-like facings, usually made of composite resins or porcelain that is connected to the exterior of your teeth.

When will you require dental bonding?

Indications for dental bonding

1. Intrinsic discoloration or tooth exterior defects caused by:

  • Physiological aging
  • Accidents
  • Pharmaceutical Medications (tetracycline)
  • Fluorosis
  • Genetic tooth malformations
  • Erosion and concussion

2. Other permanent discoloration not fixable by common bleaching techniques

3. Discolored non-vital teeth that otherwise might need post crowns can be veneered

4. To repair peg-shaped lateral teeth

5. In order to close proximal gaps and diastemas

6. In order to repair (some) fractured tooth edges

7. Particularly useful in children where more extensive tooth preparation may risk exposure of the tooth pulp

For what reason would you be unfit for dental bonding procedures?

Dental bonding Contraindications

  • Poorly motivated persons with a significant tooth decay rate and significant amount of gum attachment destruction
  • Gum recession, exposure of the root of tooth, high lip line
  • Teeth that is located too near the lips of the person, severely rotated or overlapped teeth
  • When the bottom front teeth come together in close approximation to the inner exterior of opposing higher front teeth
  • Teeth are extremely discolored
  • Large current restorations

What are the kinds of aesthetic dental bonding?

  • Direct Bonding - With direct bonding, the veneers use bound composite materials. Direct veneers may not involve the extraction of large amounts of tooth matter. If tooth matter is not expelled, such veneers are said to be a reversible application.
  • Indirect bonding (Traditional veneers) - Indirect veneers use a ceramic material, such as porcelain. The primary exterior of the tooth is set up to give room for the veneering material. So, indirect veneers are not a reversible treatment.

Composite veneers

There exists direct and indirect composite resin veneers. Indirect composite veneers are created in a dental laboratory from an impression of your teeth. A meager amount of tooth structure must be expelled for this indirect composite restoration.

A direct technique for composite bonding does not demand as much extraction of tooth structure. Teeth affirmed for composite bonding are disengaged, waxed with pumice and acid-etched. A dental bonding agent and an optional murky can be added before the composite is molded onto the tooth exterior. This process can correct the guise and body of the teeth.

This process is fast and needs only one visit. It is relatively reasonably priced and is great for adolescent teeth with large pulps. However it can appear colossal and has the potential to shrink, chip and smudge over time.

Traditional Porcelain veneers

A porcelain veneer is great for older tooth. Creation of a porcelain veneer uses an indirect technique and involves development of the tooth by getting rid of a thin layer of teeth structure, making a vestige and dispatching the a vestige to the laboratory for building of the porcelain veneer. A temporary veneer is forged and worn until the second visit. On the next visit, the temporary veneer is expelled and the permanent veneer is placed and bound to the teeth exterior with composite.

Porcelain veneer can be colossal and if they are not done properly, can smudge the margins and can chip. They are costly but have good beautiful properties and are more permanent than composite veneers.


LUMINEERS are ultra-thin (approximately 0.2 mm) and very translucent dental bonding veneers made out of porcelain, letting them to replicate the natural look of tooth color. Although traditional veneers are quite a bit thicker, needing the grinding down of the original tooth enamel, little to no tooth reduction is necessary for the bonding of LUMINEERS because of its thin state. The LUMINEERS are bound to normal teeth in a similar way like composite veneers therefore doesn't need anesthesia which is different from traditional porcelain veneers.

How much would dental bonding cost?

Dental bonding procedure costs vary according to the type of veneers used.

  • Porcelain veneers are more costly than their composite-material cousins. Traditional porcelain veneers are around 0.5 millimeters thick, and may cost anywhere from $500 to $2,500 per dental bonding. Porcelain veneers can be kept up to 10 to 15 years in many cases.
  • Composite veneers are typically priced at approximately $250 to $1500 per tooth and are expected to last anywhere from 5 to 7 years.
  • The Lumineers brand may cost around $700-$1,300 per bound tooth. Lumineers claims to last for over 20 years.

There may be a cost for the first consultation ($65-$102) and X-rays ($13-$135). Dental bonding are very rarely paid for by dental insurance.

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This article was published on 2010/04/14