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Old 10-10-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
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Teeth Bonding

DD is in the last couple of months of wearing braces. But the orthodontist has asked us if we would like to have some bonding done on some of her teeth.

Her teeth are now straight and look so good, but a few of them are just shaped a little different from the "perfect tooth shape". Bonding would make them shaped completely perfect.

So, we have to decide in the next 7 weeks if we want this done.

I asked about them breaking and the ortho said that she would have to take care of them--no biting into apples, for example--to make sure they don't break. She also said that she would have to be careful of drinking a lot of cokes or coffee or tea because of staining. OTOH, she said that she had a friend in dental school that had some bonding done about 15 years before school and had forgotten about having it even done.

So, before we decide, I was just wondering any cons of having this done.

We know the biggest pro will be her smile will be almost perfect.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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I chipped my front tooth in 5th grade. It's bonded and I have never watched what I ate because of it.
It did break off once, but that's because my son accidentally whacked me in the mouth with his Nintendo DS, and that was years and years after it was originally done. I went to the dentist, had it redone and its been fine for..I guess it's been about 6 years now.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:17 PM   #3
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My DD has perfect teeth but she chipped one in the very front, and she had a small gap in between her teeth that bothered her. We had a little bit of bonding done and her teeth look perfect now. the reason I went this way is because my mother had some bonding done about 14 years ago and she has not had any problems at all.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:19 PM   #4
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I had a decent gap between my two front teeth and had them bonded to close the gap. I've never had an issue with discoloration or breaking. I've even used teeth whitening kits and those work on the bonded area. It was one of the better decisions I have made as far as my appearance goes. I had it done 20 years ago at the age of 14.

I eat apples and hard candy also. No issues.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:38 PM   #5
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I chipped my front tooth in 5th grade. It's bonded and I have never watched what I ate because of it.
Same here. And I've been eating apples almost every day with them for 35 years.

I did have to have the bond redone once; can't remember why. It was maybe 10 years ago, meaning I had the first bond last 25 years.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:03 AM   #6
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Depends on the extent of the bonding - my older daughter has an enamel issue (genetic? over-fluoridation? antibiotics?) and needed all her teeth bonded. I wish there was a better solution, as the process is invasive and nonreversible. They have to remove some of the good enamel to get a rough surface for the bonding to stick.

For a small cosmetic issue, sure. For a huge, mouth-wide issue, no.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:33 AM   #7
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I had spaces between my front teeth plus a little chip on the surface of my one front tooth. I got bonding about 20-25 years ago and it's been great. I have had to get them repaired 2 or 3 times but not a big deal. It make a big difference in my confidence, I didn't like to smile before. I am careful what I bite into, I always slice apples.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:14 AM   #8
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Sounds like she looks just fine with her "real" teeth to me. I would not do it if it were my child. I don't feel like my kids or myself need to have "perfect" teeth, just healthy aligned teeth. Unless she looks really strange for some reason, and I don't get that vibe from you, I don't see the need.
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DD is in the last couple of months of wearing braces. But the orthodontist has asked us if we would like to have some bonding done on some of her teeth.

Her teeth are now straight and look so good, but a few of them are just shaped a little different from the "perfect tooth shape". Bonding would make them shaped completely perfect.

So, we have to decide in the next 7 weeks if we want this done.

I asked about them breaking and the ortho said that she would have to take care of them--no biting into apples, for example--to make sure they don't break. She also said that she would have to be careful of drinking a lot of cokes or coffee or tea because of staining. OTOH, she said that she had a friend in dental school that had some bonding done about 15 years before school and had forgotten about having it even done.

So, before we decide, I was just wondering any cons of having this done.

We know the biggest pro will be her smile will be almost perfect.
I think you have to weigh the pros and cons of each "side".

If her smile is "good" (though maybe not "perfect"), I'd probably leave well enough alone since bonding does involve permanent changes to the teeth, and there can be problems, particularly if not done right. (I'd go to a cosmetic dentist if I were going to have it done.) At the very least, allow her to live with her natural smile for a while once the braces are off (as I see you'll be doing). You can always go back in later to do it. But once you do it, you can't go back to natural, you know? As they say, hindsight is 20/20. You never want to say, "I wish I knew then what I know now" if you experience problems, that's the worst, especially when it was optional (as opposed to necessary from an accident or whatever).

Some of the discoloration occurs from "around" the bonding as opposed to the bonding itself. Especially from things like coffee, tea, sodas, etc. I think biting into things is less of an issue today than it was years ago thanks to newer bonding techniques. But you still have to be careful.

I seem to recall a thread here about braces and perfect smiles. Some felt that everyone's walking around with the same perfect smile today. I don't think there's anything wrong with a unique smile, if it's otherwise good. My DD was one of the seemingly few who didn't need braces, unless we wanted to improve her smile to perfect according to the orthodontist. She and we chose to forego the braces (for now) and she gets lots of compliments on her smile. (DS has a perfect smile without braces, had lots of spaces when he was little and they always told us spaces were good!)

I, for one, love unique smiles and don't think that everyones' smiles have to be perfect. Just my $.02.
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I think you have to weigh the pros and cons of each "side".

If her smile is "good" (though maybe not "perfect"), I'd probably leave well enough alone since bonding does involve permanent changes to the teeth, and there can be problems, particularly if not done right. (I'd go to a cosmetic dentist if I were going to have it done.) At the very least, allow her to live with her natural smile for a while once the braces are off (as I see you'll be doing). You can always go back in later to do it. But once you do it, you can't go back to natural, you know? As they say, hindsight is 20/20. You never want to say, "I wish I knew then what I know now" if you experience problems, that's the worst, especially when it was optional (as opposed to necessary from an accident or whatever).

Some of the discoloration occurs from "around" the bonding as opposed to the bonding itself. Especially from things like coffee, tea, sodas, etc. I think biting into things is less of an issue today than it was years ago thanks to newer bonding techniques. But you still have to be careful.

I seem to recall a thread here about braces and perfect smiles. Some felt that everyone's walking around with the same perfect smile today. I don't think there's anything wrong with a unique smile, if it's otherwise good. My DD was one of the seemingly few who didn't need braces, unless we wanted to improve her smile to perfect according to the orthodontist. She and we chose to forego the braces (for now) and she gets lots of compliments on her smile. (DS has a perfect smile without braces, had lots of spaces when he was little and they always told us spaces were good!)

I, for one, love unique smiles and don't think that everyones' smiles have to be perfect. Just my $.02.
Thanks! The fact of it being permanent and not being able to go back and get rid of it is the thing that had me the most concerned.

Dd is really worried about how she is going to look with the braces off anyway and all this talk about possibly needing some bonding isn't really helping that worry. I am really leaning toward seeing what her teeth look like without the braces, getting used to her "new" smile and going from there.
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Yep... definitely NO hurry! Don't let the orthodontist try to pressure you into having done 'now' as the braces come off...

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Old 10-11-2012, 02:05 PM   #12
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i had a rather large gap (think: vanessa paradis size) filled in with bonding over 15 years ago on my front teeth

never had a problem - it is still looking "perfect"

my DH wanted it done because it always bothered me, how it looked

i'm very glad i had it done - really made a difference!
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