Cosmetic Dentistry Dos: Tip-of-the-Day #212


About five years ago I was ready to address the spaces between my front teeth that had slowly reemerged after years of braces as a youth. According to my dentist, my "tongue thrust" (not hot, but something I do with my tongue and my teeth while I sleep) was the culprit for the wandering teeth. I explored my options and quickly learned that most were VERY expensive. Cosmetic dentistry is generally not covered by insurance and the out of pocket is a killer. And so, I went the route of the "quick fix" and opted for bonding. Bonding is a technique used to fix broken teeth, discolored teeth, spaces between teeth, etc. The only hitch is that it is temporary. Well, temporary means different things for different people. Jump ahead five years, and my bonding is still in place. Better yet, my insurance covered the cost of the bonding as a preventive measure to avoid tooth decay (more cavities can occur when there is space between teeth because there are more areas of a tooth exposed). Just sayin, before laying down the big bucks for a big tooth job, consider a "temporary" fix first and you just might be surprised by the results.

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