What Are the Pros and Cons to Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding uses special colored tooth resin that is applied and hardened to the tooth. This is done to either restore missing parts of the tooth, such as when a tooth is chipped, or to improve its overall appearance.

Two Forms of Dental Bonding

There are generally two forms of dental bonding: direct composite bonding and adhesive bonding. Direct composite bonding uses tooth-colored composites (white or natural-looking materials) to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, close gaps between your teeth and build up the worn-down edges of teeth. Adhesive bonding attaches a restoration to the tooth. It is commonly done through esthetic crowns, porcelain veneers, bridges and inlays/onlays.

Pros and Cons

Dental bonding isn’t expensive, and can usually be done in one office visit unless multiple teeth need bonded. Unlike veneers and crowns, there’s no removal of tooth enamel required, so it’s less evasive. Most procedures can be done without any numbing or anesthesia.

The catch is the material is not as strong as your regular tooth. In fact, even just chewing on your nails can damage a bonded area. It may last for only a few years before it again needs restored. Dental bonding is not nearly as long lasting as crowns, veneers, or filling, nor is it very resistant to stains.