Cosmetic bonding is a cost-effective way to improve the appearance of teeth. It is more affordable than crowns or veneers, making it a popular choice for those with budget constraints.
The process involves the application of tooth-colored composite material to a tooth or multiple teeth in order to correct a cosmetic issue. Cosmetic bonding can whiten teeth, reshape a chipped tooth, or cover any other blemish that mars the appearance of your teeth.
Just how much does cosmetic bonding cost? The only way to know for sure is to consult with your dentist. But the average cost ranges somewhere between $300 and $600 per tooth. The actual price will depend on a variety of factors.
What Determines the Price of Cosmetic Bonding?
You will not find just one flat price that is the same for all dentists across the board. What you pay individually for cosmetic bonding will depend on a few different factors:
- How many teeth you need bonded. Cosmetic bonding is usually priced on a per tooth basis. So the more teeth you need to have bonded, the higher your total cost will be to achieve your desired results.
- The health of your teeth. If your teeth are healthy and the issues are only cosmetic, your total cost of treatment will be less. But if you have tooth decay that needs to be addressed, such as cavities that need to be filled first, you’ll be paying for the restorative procedures in addition to the cosmetic procedure.
- Where you live. Your geographic location will play a part in the cost of all dental procedures, including cosmetic dentistry. Large cities with dense populations will tend to have higher prices for dental procedures than smaller towns. This is a reflection on the cost of living in the area. For example, cosmetic bonding will likely cost less in Woodbury than it would in NYC. Dental offices will also keep their prices comparable to other dental offices in the area to stay competitive.
- Dental insurance. If you have insurance, your plan may cover some of the cost of cosmetic bonding, but it depends on the reason. If you need a chipped tooth corrected or a cavity filled, insurance will consider that necessary. But if you are getting cosmetic bonding just for the purpose of whitening your teeth, that would be considered cosmetic and not covered by insurance.
How Long Will Cosmetic Bonding Last?
One of the reasons cosmetic bonding costs less than veneers or crowns is that it doesn’t last as long. Cosmetic bonding is good for about 5 to 7 years, after which it may need to be redone. There’s always a possibility it will last longer, but that is the average. It is important to take this fact into consideration when it comes to choosing what type of cosmetic dentistry you want.
Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding
In addition to the affordable cost of cosmetic bonding, there are other benefits, such as:
- Fast. The procedure usually takes no more than an hour.
- No anesthesia needed. You won’t need any anesthesia unless you are having other restorative procedures done, such as cavity fillings.
- Preserves existing tooth structure. As opposed to veneers and crown which require shaving down the existing tooth somewhat, cosmetic bonding preserves the existing tooth structure as it is.
Interested in Cosmetic Bonding? Visit Barkoff Dental
If you think cosmetic bonding is right for you, schedule a consultation with Barkoff Dental. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures along with our comprehensive dental services. If you want to improve the appearance of your teeth without paying too much, cosmetic bonding may be your best option.