Not everyone wants to invest in orthodontic braces or Invisalign®, and not everyone wants to spend the time it takes to actually straighten their teeth. So, many people turn to dental bonding to give them the appearance of having straighter and even whiter teeth.
Dental bonding can be used as a cosmetic or aesthetic treatment to whiten teeth, or to straighten teeth. It actually works by simply giving the appearance of straighter teeth using the same material as tooth-colored filings. Because it doesn’t actually straighten the teeth, it can be usually be completed in just one dental appointment.
Dental bonding works just like veneers. They both virtually instantly give individuals the outward appearance of having straight white teeth, although the structure of the teeth is still actually the same. If they were crooked or crowded before, they will still be crooked or crowded. But the smile on the outside will be straight looking.
Dental bonding can be done in one appointment, but how long the appointment will be depends on how many teeth you have to do. Technically it is a long procedure that can take anywhere from two to four hours.
Patients really have a choice to do bonding over porcelain veneers, and to be honest; there are drawbacks to each. Here are some of the benefits of bonding over veneers:
• Bonding can be done more conservatively, meaning you do not have to take excess tooth structure away.
• Bonding can be done in one visit.
Drawbacks of Dental Bonding
The drawbacks of dental bonding are few. Unlike simply fitting orthodontic braces, it takes a tremendous amount of skill to place dental bonding that looks natural and realistic. This translates to finding a doctor with years of experience. Dr. Wokuluk has years of experience doing dental bonding, so if you're a new patient or actively comparing dentists for this procedure, rest assured Dr. Wokuluk is more than qualified. Please take a look at our "before and after" photos for a visual representation of Dr. Wokuluk's aesthic work.
The other drawback of dental bonding is that typically it will only look smooth and retain its color for about five to seven years, whereas veneers can last upwards of 20 years. Still, dental bonding is by far the less expensive option, and if you want an immediate effect, it is definitely worth it with the right dentist - Dr. Wokuluk.
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