May 16, 2021

Pros and cons of teeth bonding

A beautiful smile impacts the level of confidence and self-esteem an individual has. Studies have proven that fact. People with a beautiful smile are also regarded as more successful and confident by their peers. Before making a decision to get a dental bonding procedure done, it is important to understand the pros and cons, however. 

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a technique where white, tooth-colored composite filling material fills or repairs small defects in a tooth. Bonding is used for improving the appeal of your smile. A gap between teeth or a slight lengthening of teeth can be done for an enhanced look. 

Applying the bonding material requires attention to detail and precision. The dental professionals at Taylorview Dental have the knowledge and experience to make your bonding experience achieve the best possible result. Although there are advantages and disadvantages of teeth bonding, you will leave the office with a bright, beautiful smile! Let's discover more about this procedure and some of the pros and cons of dental bonding.

How Do You Know if You Should Have Dental Bonding?

Essentially, there are two groups of people who are good candidates for a dental bonding procedure. Those who need restoration, fillings, repairs of chips, cracks, or breaks, and those who need cosmetic help. This includes veneers, small gaps between teeth, or an oddly shaped tooth. The bonding material can be applied to a tooth to fix dark or white spots. If there is a broken-down mercury filling, composite binding is the perfect replacement for repairing an otherwise healthy tooth.

Does Dental Bonding Damage Your Teeth?

Dental bonding in no way damages your teeth. The composite resin used with the procedure is not as strong as natural teeth, but the material can chip or separate from the natural tooth without damaging the tooth underneath.

Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding

Bonding improves the appearance of your teeth, changes the shape of them, sharpens the color of teeth, and generally makes your smile more attractive and brighter. The professionals at Taylorview Dental believe that achieving your perfect smile can provide the confidence you desire and improve your self-esteem.

Bonding can improve the shape of a tooth, which adds to the attractiveness of your smile. The bonding material comes in various colors, so you can brighten your smile, cover discoloration, and naturally want to make you smile more often.

With the proper care, bonding can last for several years, requiring no touch-ups. In most cases, the bonding will last longer than bleaching or other whitening procedures. 

If you compare dental bonding to other cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers, you will find bonding is more affordable.

There are some drawbacks of tooth bonding also. Dental bonding is not stain-resistant. There is a risk of staining. Substances such as coffee, tea, cigarette smoke, and other materials can stain the resin material. Keep this in mind prior to deciding to have a tooth bonding procedure done. Another drawback is the resin is not as strong as your tooth enamel.

The resin material is prone to chipping and cracking, as it is not as strong as your regular teeth. If you grind your teeth, play hockey or bite your fingernails, remember this. Although it is not common, the resin can come off and need replacement.

There is a limited lifespan to dental bonding. A lot of factors will go into how long the bond will last. The average lifespan of dental bonding, however, is three to ten years. Dental bonding is meant to repair minor issues. It is not intended for serious or extensive issues with the teeth. It is a great, affordable option for small chips, cracks, severe discoloration of the teeth, and other minor problems. 

In 2010, there was a research project done at a major university on Major League baseball players' smiles on their baseball cards. It was discovered that those players in 1952 who smiled in their photographs lived an average of up to seven years more!

Smiling more has often been linked to a reduction of heart rate, stress, and anxiety, a stronger immune system, release of endorphins, and much more.

Now that you are aware of the pros and cons of dental bonding, if you or a loved one is looking for a whiter and brighter smile or has crooked or chipped teeth he or she would like corrected, consider dental bonding. The dental professionals at Taylorview Dental can consult with you about the advantages and disadvantages of teeth bonding and suggest the best course of treatment for you. 

Contact them today. You will be glad you did.