Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, would like you to take a moment to bond with your teeth. Well, the truth is, if you don’t like the way your smile looks, there’s not likely to be a whole lot of bonding going on. Or is there? It depends on what type of bonding you mean. Let’s learn a bit more about dental bonding to cover up flaws on your teeth.
Dental bonding is a less expensive and involved alternative to porcelain veneers. Just like veneers, bonding is terrific for people that have several areas of disenchantment regarding their smile. Bonding can be done in as little as one office visit, utilizing a biocompatible composite resin material that can be color-matched and shaped to look just like your natural teeth. You may already have composite material in your mouth if you have any tooth-colored fillings, inlays, or onlays. Composite materials are initially liquid and completely pliable as they harden. They are exposed to a curing light which permanently hardens the compound.
Comparing Bonding to Veneers
There are definitely noticeable similarities between cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers. Dental bonding is usually a more affordable procedure, however, because an outside lab is not required to fabricate them. Composite resin is less durable and more prone to stains than porcelain, so you do need to weigh your pros and cons. Chips, cracks, and the very flaws that had you opting for a cosmetic dental intervention can end up rearing their heads again because the bonding process does not guarantee a lifetime of results. Dental bonding generally lasts from 5-10. Veneers, when properly cared for, will be maintainable for three or four times as long. Sometimes, though, you just need a fast and easy solution, and dental bonding may fit the bill.
Dental Bonding from Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist
To schedule a consultation with your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, contact our dental office by calling (847) 234-0517. Dr. Fondriest is proud to provide general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients from Lake Forest and the North Shore suburbs near Chicago.