Bonding can be a quick fix for a variety of problems, including chipped, broken, slightly crooked and discolored teeth. If you’re on a time crunch, bonding is a fast option, in terms of how quickly you’ll see results, but, generally, it’s reserved to treat minor concerns. “With bonding, I’m much more selective with patients than I am with veneers, which can do so much more,” says New York cosmetic dentist Irwin Smigel, DDS. Bonding uses a special composite material that’s bonded to the teeth to restore shape, evenness and/or color.
The quality of the results of a bonding procedure is very technique-sensitive, says Dr. Smigel. “When you spend the time to isolate every area, then bonding lasts a long time,” Dr. Smigel says. “I would say the average in the U.S. is about five to 10 years, but I’ve had cases that have lasted much longer.”
Bonding is not as stain-sensitive as other options such as porcelain veneers. However, we think bonding is a great option because the results are fast, it’s less expensive than other cosmetic procedures and it requires minimal tooth removal.
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