Is Cosmetic Bonding Worth It?

One of the most popular and versatile treatment options in dentistry is dental bonding. It offers patients a highly effective, yet conservative approach to cosmetic dentistry. Treatments with bonding are non-invasive and pain-free. Plus, dental bonding is typically less expensive than improving the look of your smile with permanent dental veneers or crowns. All in all, cosmetic bonding offers several benefits at a fraction of the cost of alternative treatment options. 

What Is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

Cosmetic dental bonding is the practice of using dental composite to address cosmetic dental concerns. Dental bonding is a tooth-colored composite resin material that can be applied to a tooth, sculpted, shaped, and appropriately textured before being cured and hardened with a special light. 

What Can Dental Bonding Do? The Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding

Dental bonding has a variety of versatile applications that provide both cosmetic and restorative benefits that can improve the look and health of your smile. Dental bonding can be used to:

  • Fill in gaps between teeth
  • Correct the appearance of irregularly shaped or sized teeth
  • Elongating short teeth
  • Seal and cover the cracks in fractured teeth
  • Correct chipped or broken teeth
  • Cover permanent discoloration and stains
  • Fill in dental cavities, restore teeth and prevent further decay
  • Cover and protect exposed dentin or root structures to address sensitivity

Dental bonding is a non-invasive and pain-free treatment that can be applied in a single visit to Cusp Dental Boutique after proper planning. It is an excellent alternative to dental veneers which tend to be more costly and are also not as conservative because they require a patient's tooth enamel to be partially removed before application. In many cases, dental bonding is also a more conservative treatment option for patients who are considering caps or crowns to address cosmetic concerns. 

How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

On average, with proper care, dental bonding lasts for about 10 years. It is, however, very simple to repair and replace. 

You can prolong the lifespan of your dental bonding by avoiding chewing on hard foods or objects, wearing an athletic mouthguard during physical activities, and wearing a nightguard during sleep if you suffer from bruxism.

Additionally, dental bonding can become stained, like natural teeth. Stains, however, cannot be removed from bonding with whitening treatments. A visit to the dentist to polish the bonding may be necessary. To preserve the fresh, bright look of your dental bonding, avoid exposing your treatments to highly pigmented foods and beverages and by refraining from tobacco use of all kinds. 

How Much Does Cosmetic Bonding Cost?

The average cosmetic bonding cost can vary quite a lot, depending on the complexity of the work being done in addition to the number of teeth that are being bonded. Typically, the cost ranges from $600 to $1000 per tooth. During a dental bonding consultation, our Virginia Beach dentist can help you determine the treatment plan that can best achieve your smile goals while meeting your budgetary needs. 

Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Bonding?

Different insurance policies vary in terms of the types of treatments they cover and how much they will pay. For the most part, dental insurance plans do not tend to cover treatments that are elected for purely cosmetic purposes. If your dental bonding is also addressing oral health concerns such as tooth sensitivity, decay, and restoration, then your insurance might help to cover the cost. 

If you are unsure about your dental insurance policy's coverage, our insurance and billing representatives will be happy to help you determine whether or not your insurance will cover the cost of your dental bonding treatments. 

Request a Consultation With Our Cosmetic Dentist in Virginia Beach

At Cusp Dental Boutique in Virginia Beach, we are pleased to provide our patients with comprehensive cosmetic dental care, including cosmetic bonding, in a relaxing, spa-like setting. We're here to help you achieve your smile goals and improve your oral health, and we can work with you to help you determine the best treatment plan to meet your individual needs. If you're ready to revitalize your appearance with an updated smile, we welcome you to contact our office to request a smile makeover consultation with our dentist, Dr. Zaneta Hamlin. 

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