Tigard Dentist Cosmetic Teeth Bonding

Cosmetic teeth bonding for Tigard Dentist, Dr. Justin Marostica, is an excellent way to fill spaces between teeth, change the shape or improve the color of your teeth.  It can also be an affordable alternative to veneers or crowns on teeth. During my time as a dentist in Tigard, OR, I have had a lot of success and happy patients because of simple cosmetic teeth bonding.  Usually it is a simple procedure required little or no anesthetic and can be a quick procedure too.  So what are the advantages and disadvantages of cosmetic teeth bonding?


1. Most of the time the teeth don’t need to be prepared.  Unlike veneers or crowns, where a tooth has to be cut down by the dentist, teeth bonding can usually be placed right on top of the existing tooth.  This can reduce tooth sensitivity, pain, and discomfort.  Also if you decide that the teeth bonding isn’t for you, it can easily be removed without damage to the underlying teeth.  Also because the teeth do not need to be prepared most of the time anesthetic or needles don’t need to be used.

2.  Bonding when compared to veneers or crowns is more affordable.  In many cases veneers and crowns can be thousands of dollars which for most people is very expensive.  Bonding on the other hand is more affordable and can range from hundreds of dollars to a little over a thousand dollars depending on how many teeth need bonding.  When compared to veneers and crowns, bonding is an affordable alternative that can give you the results that you are looking for.

3.  The cosmetic results of teeth bonding are excellent.  If you or someone you know is considering cosmetic teeth bonding make sure to select a dentist, like Tigard Dentist Dr. Marostica, who has experience in doing this type of procedure.  Ask to see photos of recent cases they might have done or talk to people that you know who have had the procedure done and ask them for dentist recommendations.

4.  It requires less time in the dental office.  Bonding can usually be done in one appointment and depending on how many teeth require treatment it might only take a short period of time.  Veneers or crowns can required multiple appoinments and many of those appointments can take a lot of time.  There are specific reasons why more time is required for veneers and crowns, but if you are someone who doesn’t like being a the dentist for long periods of time you might consider dental bonding.


1.  The texture of dental bonding is different from the smooth porcelain of a veneer or crown.  The dentist will usually layer on the bonding material to the tooth and then using drills he or she will shape the bonding to look like a tooth.  Once the desired shape is acquired the dentist will use an assortmet of polishers to smooth the bonding.  This will help the tooth feel smooth, but regardless of how well the dentist polishes the bonding will still feel different from natural tooth or a porcelain veneer or crown.  For most people this is something they get use to very quickly

2. The teeth can feel bulky.  Most of the time the teeth do not need to be prepared or drilled on before placing bonding because the material is layered on the teeth.  This can make the teeth feel bulky or bigger.  In some cases this might be true, but if you have an experienced dentist he or she will do their best to make the bonding as thin as possible.  The bulkiness of bonding is similar to the feeling of when a crown or veneer is placed on a tooth.  Most people will get use to the feeling after a few days and it will become natural to them.

3.  The bonding technique requires applying a thin layer of bonding onto the tooth and shaping the bonding such that it looks like a tooth.  The layered bonding mateial is very thin and is prone to chipping or fracturing.  This doesn’t happen very often, but is a disadvantage of bonding.  The bonding might have to be touched up or redone if chipping or fracturing of the bonding occurs.

4.  Bonding over a period of time will stain, especialy if you are a heavy smoker, drink a lot of coffee or wine.  Although annoying it can easily be fixed by having your dentist polish the bonding or having your hygienist clean the teeth.  Veneers and crowns can also stain, but the microscopic porous nature of the bonding makes it more likely to stain when compared to porcelain.

If you or someone you know is considering cosmetic teeth bonding and would like to talk to an experienced Tigard Dentist call us today at TenderCare Dental 503-670-7088 or visit us at Tigard TenderCare Dental.