Dental Bonding over the Holidays

Bonding isn’t just what you do with your family over the holidays. Dental bondingis a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, “bonding” it to the tooth. But, they do have one thing in common: they improve people’s smiles.

Here’s what you need to know about dental bonding over the holidays:

What Dental Bonding Can and Can’t Do

Dental bonding can:

  • Fill cavities and repair chipped or cracked teeth
  • Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • Change the space, length and shape of teeth
  • Give you a beautiful smile for your family holiday portrait

Dental bonding can’t:

  • Stop the kids from sneaking a peek at their presents
  • Keep Grandma away from the eggnog
  • Help you with your holiday shopping
  • Keep you from holiday weight gain

The Dental Bonding Process

You don’t have to spend the long holiday weekend with your in-laws for proper bonding—just 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.

  • Your dentist will use a shade guide to match your tooth color to a composite resin (a durable plastic material).
  • The surface of the tooth is roughened and a conditioning liquid is applied to help the bonding substance stick to the tooth.
  • The resin material is applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape, then hardened with a special light that “bonds” the material to the surface of the tooth.
  • Finally, the bonded material is trimmed, shaped and polished to match the gloss of the rest of your teeth.

The Cost of Dental Bonding:

Dental bonding costs can range from $100 to $400 per tooth. Check with your dental insurance to find out if the cost of bonding might be fully or partially covered. You can also look into affordable dental insurance alternatives like Discount Dental Plans, which offer savings of 10% to 60% on most dental work, including cosmetic procedures like dental bonding with select plans.

How do you bond during the holidays? Share with us in the comments below.

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