How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?

Dental bonding by Downtown Dental Excellence refers to the dental procedure that involves permanently adhering dental materials to your teeth using special glue and a high intensity light to cure the material.  If you have ever had a crown, bridge, porcelain veneer, inlay, or onlay, you have had experienced one form of dental bonding already.  Not all forms of dental bonding are the same, so not all uses of dental bonding will cost the same.  The final cost is determined by a number of factors, so let’s look at some of the forces that will drive the price of the materials or the procedures that will affect the final price for your dental bonding.

Direct Composite Bonding

When the dentist examines your teeth and determines that you have a cavity that needs filling, a gap that needs to be closed, a crack that needs to be repaired, or an edge that has been worn down, the dentist will often use a tooth colored composite to complete the treatment.  The white or natural looking material will go on or on the tooth where it is needed and the dentist can restore your mouth to a healthy and natural looking home for your smile.

The direct composite material needs to be place precisely where the tooth needs restoration, so this procedure is usually completed in one dental visit.  If the dentist determines that the crack is more serious or the tooth needs a more complicated repair, then the treatment may require more than one visit.  Outside of those more rare instances, direct composite bonding does not require temporaries to hold their place or time for laboratories to produce a permanent solution, which decreases the cost significantly.

Direct composite materials can be directly applied to the tooth and can be applied to surfaces like the front of the tooth without a noticeable difference between the material and the actual tooth.  This version of bonding is minimally invasive and allows the dentist it make a smile makeover without too much damage to your healthy teeth.  Some dentists even use this technique for veneers and refer to them as bonding.  This version of veneers is less expensive than crowns and is a great way to treat chips, gaps, stains, discoloration, slight crookedness and even misshapen teeth.

Adhesive Bonding

Adhesive bonding is a technique that attaches a foreign material to the natural tooth, or an etchant, a bonding agent, an adhesive and a high intensity curing light. Adhesive bonding is a smaller piece to a larger project so its cost is reflected as a portion of a larger one.  Often, dentists use adhesive bonding to set metal-free crowns, porcelain veneers, bridges, inlays/onlays and fillings in place on your natural teeth.


Estimating the cost of bonding is complicated as it refers to more than one procedure and is often used as a part of another treatment.  When the bonding is used as a part of setting a crown, there is not a separate bonding fee from the total crown fee. When the bonding is used to create a direct composite veneer, the fee is reflective of the material as well as the work of the dentist and the complicated nature of the veneer itself.

Cost for any dental procedure is affected by geography and tends to be higher on the coasts and in larger cities.  The cost will also increase the dentist’s reputation and expertise improves.  The price for direct composite bonding veneers averages between $350 and $600 per tooth, whereas porcelain veneers bonded to the tooth averages between $700 and $1,500 per tooth.

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