What Are The Disadvantages of Dental Bonding?
There are advantages to bonding. It’s a fast procedure and doesn’t require any downtime, unlike other cosmetic dental procedures designed to improve the smile. Tooth bonding usually takes between 30-60 minutes but in some cases it may be longer depending on the extent of the procedure you are having done.
There are no major risks to having the treatment done, either, but of course there are some disadvantages that many find off putting. For instance, the teeth can be easy to stain, and they are not as durable as say, veneers. Eating certain foods may need to be limited, as they could potentially break the composite and require further treatment. The biggest downside to this procedure is that they can damage easily and that you must treat your teeth very carefully if you choose to have dental bonding. Bonding is not as strong as your natural teeth, and it’s important to bear that in mind. If you tend to eat ice, chew on pens or pencils, eat hard boiled sweets, bite your fingernails, or do anything similar, it’s totally possible that the material will chip off or separate from your teeth. Even chewing gum could cause issues with your bonding. Plus, if you smoke or drink a lot of tea/coffee, you may find that the material stains easily. Bonding is not as stain resistant as your actual teeth. You may also need to replace the bonding every 5-10 years, which can be annoying and costly. In fact, the resin used could chip off before this time and you may find that you only get to enjoy the results for up to 2 years, requiring more trips to the dentist and more money.
Dental bonding can produce good results but these results are limited. You won’t be able to cover up any missing teeth and ultimately, the results could be shortlived.