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Direct bonding for anterior teeth is a technique whereby tooth colored composite material is permanently bonded to your tooth using dental adhesives to enhance the cosmetic appearance of damaged, chipped, misaligned or decayed teeth

Length of Surgery

One to two hours


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Treatment Frequency

Once every 5 - 10 years


Tooth sensitivity; the material is not as strong as natural teeth so chipping can occur


Cosmetic dental bonding price typically ranges from $300 to $600 per tooth

Duration of results

5 – 10 years

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Cost of Direct Bonding – Anterior*

  1. Direct bonding for the front teeth cost varies depending on a number of factors including the extent of the composite bonding procedure, where you live, the expertise of the dentist and the type of dental insurance you have. If your tooth has been damaged by an accident, decay or defective enamel, your insurance should pay to have those repaired.
  2. Cosmetic dental bonding price typically ranges from $300 to $600 per tooth*, and dentists with advanced bonding training may charge more for the procedure.

Am I a candidate for Direct Bonding - Anterior?

Cosmetic bonding of the front teeth can offer a simple, pain-free solution to many patients who want to improve the appearance of their teeth.

Suitable candidates for dental bonding of the anterior teeth are:

  1. Those who have no gum disease or tooth decay in the area to be treated
  2. Patients with damaged or discolored teeth who want to painlessly improve the cosmetic appearance of the teeth
  3. Patients who do not grind their teeth
  4. Non-smokers. 

Direct Bonding - Anterior Definition

Direct bonding (also known as cosmetic bonding, composite bonding, dental bonding or tooth bonding) of the anterior (front) teeth is a technique whereby tooth coloured composite material is permanently bonded to your tooth using dental adhesives. Dental bonding can repair cracked, gappy, chipped, and discolored teeth and replace silver amalgam fillings in the back teeth. Tooth bonding is painless and non-invasive and dental bonding of the anterior teeth can be an excellent substitute for other more invasive treatments such as veneers. It is also relatively inexpensive

What is a Direct Bonding - Anterior Procedure?

Direct bonding for anterior teeth uses a tooth colored composite resin material placed on the front teeth and bonded in place, to restore the appearance of decayed, discoloured, chipped or misaligned teeth. During a direct bonding procedure, the bonding material is painted or sculpted onto the tooth to fill, cover and protect the area.

Dental composite is made of materials including particles of silicon dioxide or quartz bound with a strong synthetic resin. It is created in different shades, strengths and translucencies to match the appearance, shade and shape of your natural teeth as closely as possible.

Because of the precise nature of the cosmetic dental bonding procedure, dentists performing the treatment need to be specially trained in the technique and also be artistically adept. Patients interested in cosmetic bonding should ensure that they go to a dentist who has extensive post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry and plenty of experience of performing direct bonding procedures.

When you first visit your dentist to discuss direct bonding for your front teeth, they will examine your teeth to make sure that dental bonding is an appropriate option for you. The dentist will then discuss your expectations with you for your direct bonding procedure.

Tooth bonding for anterior teeth is quick, relatively painless, long lasting and affordable compared to other more extensive and invasive types of dental treatment. The composite material used in direct bonding treatment is extremely flexible and expands and contracts with the natural tooth to prevent cracks and potential tooth loss.

During the direct bonding for anterior teeth treatment, the dentist roughens the surface of the tooth using a mild acid solution to help the composite resin to adhere properly. The composite resin, which has been chosen to closely match the natural color of your teeth, is applied to the tooth and sculpted and smoothed until the desired appearance is achieved. A high intensity light is then directed at the tooth to harden the resin. The tooth is then buffed and polished to further enhance its appearance.

The dental bonding procedure usually requires one visit to the dentist’s office, though more visits may be required depending on the extent of the procedure. Your dentist will discuss an individual dental bonding treatment plan with you at your initial consultation.

Dental bonding work carried out correctly by a qualified cosmetic dentist should not discolour or stain any more over time than your natural teeth.

How is Direct Bonding - Anterior done?

During the direct bonding for anterior teeth treatment your dentist isolates the damaged tooth to keep the treatment area dry. A phosphoric acid solution is to the surface of the natural tooth to roughen the surface and help the resin to adhere fast to the tooth. After 15 seconds, the phosphoric acid is removed, and a liquid bonding resin is applied.

The composite resin is a putty-like material that is applied in stages to the natural surface of the tooth. As the dentist applies the resin, he or she shapes and smoothes it to the tooth, then this is set into place using a high intensity light. The direct bonding process is repeated (each layer of resin takes a few minutes to harden) until the resin has reached its final desired shape. The tooth is then buffed and finely polished.

Dental bonding usually takes an hour to two to perform. After the direct bonding treatment you may experience some tooth sensitivity for a few days to a few weeks, but this will subside.

Direct bonding for anterior teeth will last a long time as long as you look after your teeth, and follow a good oral hygiene program. Bonding material can chip, so avoid hard foods, ice or other hard objects. If you notice any sharp edges on your bonded tooth or if the bite feels different, contact your dentist.

Questions to Ask a dentist about a Direct Bonding - Anterior procedure

Here is an essential check list of questions you may want to ask your perfectyourself.com dental professional:

  1. Am I a good candidate for Direct Bonding - Anterior?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. How long will the procedure take?
  4. What kind of anesthesia or pain relief is used?
  5. What is your experience in performing Direct Bonding - Anterior?
  6. Can I see your qualifications?
  7. Ask to see any Direct Bonding - Anterior before and after photographs of recent procedures?
  8. What percentages of your Direct Bonding - Anterior patients have had significant post-treatment complications?
  9. How much will my Direct Bonding - Anterior procedure cost?
  10. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  11. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  12. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  13. What is the recovery and healing period for Direct Bonding - Anterior? When can I resume full normal activity?
  14. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended
  15. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)

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