The Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding

One of the most often repeated quotes about smiles comes from an unknown author: “It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.” When you have a less-than-perfect smile, however, it may take a lot more than those 17 muscles to force your lips to break out in a genuine, from-the-heart smile. There are a number of reasons people are ashamed of their smiles; teeth that are discolored, uneven or misaligned can make a person feel insecure about smiling, even among close friends and family. But the confidence one projects to the world with a simple smile can be very powerful. For this reason, correcting the condition that stifles a smile is a worthwhile investment.

The Advantages of Dental Bonding

With the latest developments and improvements in process, products and technology in the dental industry, one can have a dizzying array of services and procedures to choose from in the search for the perfect smile and optimum dental health.

Dental bonding is a relatively inexpensive option for repairing chipped, cracked or decayed teeth as well as for improving the overall appearance of discolored teeth. It is a process that can take as little as 30 minutes to an hour per tooth to complete and needs little advance preparation. There is no special care needed for bonded teeth aside from regular oral dental hygiene. Most dental insurance provides at least partial coverage for this procedure and the results can be quite dramatic indeed.

The Disadvantages of Dental Bonding

There are, however, some caveats worth keeping in mind when considering this procedure. Dental bonding does not last as long as veneers or crowns. The material most often used for this procedure, while stain resistant, does not mean the treated tooth will remain stain-free over the life of the bond. Because they are bonded to the tooth, when the bonding material chips or breaks, it can take part of the tooth with it. For these reasons, dental bonding is recommended only for minor cosmetic changes or for areas that experience low-bite pressure, like the front teeth.

Even the best dental work, however, can only address the cosmetic shortcomings of less-than-perfect teeth. The heart of a person, where a genuine smile originates, is beyond the reach of even the most skilled dentist’s scalpel. Fortunately, the process almost always works in reverse. Sometimes, knowing you have a great smile is enough to bring genuine, heartfelt joy.