As is the case with all dental procedures, dental bonding costs vary according to the practice location and the amount of work necessary to achieve the desired results. In the United States, the cost of dental bonding can range from $100 to $400 per tooth.
Restorative dental bonding, or a tooth-colored filling, is commonly used to fill cavities or to replace old restorations; this type of treatment is more affordable than cosmetic bonding and is often covered, at least partially, by dental insurance plans because treatment benefits the structure and functionality of a patient’s mouth. Dental bonding procedures performed for cosmetic purposes, usually to correct chips, cracks, or discoloration on the front teeth, tend to cost more because they require more skill and time from the dentist.
Cost by Number of Teeth Treated
The cost of dental bonding treatment will increase when more than one tooth is treated. When smiling, eight of the upper teeth (the central and lateral incisors, canines, and first molars) are highly visible. Treatment of all of these teeth can run from $800 to more than $3,000.
- Single tooth: $100-$400
- Two teeth: $200-$800
- Three teeth: $300-$1,200
- Four teeth: $400-$1,600
- Six teeth: $600-$2,400
- Eight teeth: $800-$3,200
Comparing Costs of Alternative Treatments
Despite what may seem like high fees, dental bonding is often a much more affordable alternative to other cosmetic dentistry procedures. Porcelain veneers, for example, can cost up to $750 per tooth, and they require more preparation of the tooth surface to be effective. If a patient wishes to correct the appearance of teeth that are slightly crooked, dental bonding is also an excellent alternative to braces, which can cost thousands of dollars and take years to achieve desired results. Knowing the cost of these, and other, alternative treatments may guide you in making a decision about the treatment that is best suited to your needs.
- At-home teeth whitening: $100-$800 total
- In-office teeth whitening: $200-$2,000 total
- Porcelain veneers: $750-$3,000 per tooth ($6,000-$24,000 for the eight upper, exposed teeth)
- Orthodontic braces or Invisalign®: $3,000-$7,000 total
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Dental Bonding Financing
Many patients may hesitate to undergo cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental bonding because they are concerned that the costs will be prohibitive. The truth is that most dentists can work with patients to set up a reasonable payment plan to cover the costs of procedures not commonly reimbursable by insurance companies. Additionally, dentists work with a number of financing companies to ensure that patients will not have to forego dental treatment because cost is a concern.
How Financing Works
Rather than pay the full cost of dental work up front, many patients prefer to finance their dental work. Dentistry financing companies such as CareCredit® offer a wide range of financing options, so it is easy for patients to find a plan that meets their needs. Some options available to qualified applicants are deferred payments, interest-free loans, and low fixed interest rates. To learn more about your cosmetic dental bonding financing options, contact a cosmetic dentistry practice near you and inquire into which financing companies they work with.
Other Payment Options
There are alternative payment options for dental bonding patients. If your dental bonding procedure was performed to improve the structural integrity of the tooth or for restorative reasons of any kind, your dental insurance company will likely cover some or all of the cost of treatment. If your dental bonding treatment is done purely for cosmetic purposes, you will probably have to pay for the cost of treatment out of your own pocket. Most dental office accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards for dental bonding treatment.
Choosing an Experienced Cosmetic Dentist
As with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, it is important for patients to find a highly qualified dentist to perform their dental bonding. Fortunately, DocShop has compiled a database of some of the most well-respected cosmetic dentists in the country, and we can help you locate an experienced dentist in your area. Visit the DocShop dentist directory to find an excellent cosmetic dentist near you.