6 Advantages of Cosmetic Teeth Bonding For a Better Smile

By Abid Paghdiwala, DMD on October 30, 2019


We all know that the value of a charming, dazzling smile is priceless. And yet, we are not all blessed with a naturally winning smile. Fortunately, modern dentistry has several options that can help achieve a more perfect smile. Cosmetic teeth bonding, porcelain veneers, ceramic crowns, orthodontics and teeth whitening can all improve a person's appearance by correcting different blemishes. Of these, cosmetic teeth bonding offers several advantages over the other methods of smile improvement.

 1. Cosmetic teeth bonding offers instant results

The cosmetic improvements with direct bonding are instant, and, in fact, cosmetic teeth bonding is often referred to as "instant orthodontics". Major improvements in a person's appearance can be accomplished in just one visit. That is of tremendous value to somebody who needs an immediate “fix” of their smile for an important event, such as a job interview or a graduation or a wedding.  

2. Cosmetic teeth bonding is done in one visiit

Of the different methods for improving a smile, cosmetic teeth bonding can be done in one visit. In comparision, orthodontic trweatment takes considerably longer. Porcelain veneers or ceramic crowns usually need more than one visit if they are prepared in the dental lab. Sometimes, patients have to move at short notice, and cannot wait for a second visit for the porcelain veneers to be back from the lab. 

3. Changes to cosmetic teeth bonding can be made very easily, whenever needed

It is extremely easy to make changes to cosmetic bonding on teeth. Changes to the size, shape, shade are easy, can also be done in one visit. In contrast, changes to crowns or porcelain veneers would be a very big deal, requiring a lot of grinding and placing temporaries and waiting for the lab work to be back.

4. Cosmetic bonding on teeth can be repaired very easily and instantly

If the cosmetic bonding on a tooth ever chips or breaks, the dentist can reapply the bonding material to restore the appearance right away. Even if a person is out of town or even out of the country when the bonding chips, any dentist can repair it very easily, within minutes. In contrast, if the cosmetic improvement on the tooth was made with a porcelain veneer or a ceramic crown, the repair would be more complicated and time consuming, usually involving a dental lab and needing more than more visit. 

5. Cosmetic teeth bonding requires less grinding away of good, natural teeth

A very important reason why a patient may prefer direct bonding is that there is  less grinding, reshaping and reduction of the natural teeth for the dentist to bond resins on teeth compared to placing porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers and ceramic crowns require irreversible changes to the natural teeth, as the teeth have to be ground down before the cosmetic improvement can be achieved.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

6.  Cosmetic teeth bonding is considerably less expensive than porcelain veneers or ceramic crowns or orthodontics

Another important reason for choosing composite resin bonding over porcelain veneers is the cost factor. Cosmetic smile makeovers of the upper and lower teeth can usually involve the placement of 16-20 porcelain veneers. In such cases, choosing composite teeth bonding instead of porcelain veneers  can result in a difference of thousands of dollars. The additional work and time involved in placing porcelain veneers and  the huge laboratory costs for fabricating the veneers justify the higher fees. However, in view of the decreased cost and all of the other advantages mentioned earlier, cosmetic teeth bonding is often the treatment of choice for cosmetic improvements of the teeth.

How cosmetic teeth bonding is done

If a person has chips, cracks or discolorations on teeth, if there are spaces between the teeth, if they are irregularly placed, these can be corrected by bonding tooth colored material (that we call composite resins) on the teeth in thin layers. All this is done in one visit, right in the office, without the dentist having to take molds and send them to the dental laboratory and wait a few weeks for the final results. With bonding, after the dentist and patient are satisfied with the improvements to the smile, the bonding is polished to a high gloss and finish, and viola!  its all done in just one visit.

At Pearl Dental Arts, Dr. Paghdiwala has been offering cosmetic tooth bonding for over 30 years and patients are pleasantly surprised with the results that he achieves. 

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